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Nigel Slater's vegetable patch stew

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Nigel Slater's vegetable patch stew
  • Serves: 4

  • Total time:

    (roughly)
  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

 

Get more of your five-a-day with this hearty stew from BBC show Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers. This recipe should make enough to feed 4 and with enough leftover to make a veg pie or pasta sauce for the next day

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • a large aubergine, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3, halved and sliced courgettes
  • 4, (orange and red) peppers
  • 2 onions, peeled and roughly sliced
  • 2 garlic peeled and crushed
  • marjoram, parsley and thyme
  • 3 medium, quartered tomatoes
  • 12 or so cherry tomatoes
  • 500ml jar or pack tomato passata or crushed tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • basil leaves


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The trick here is to avoid the temptation to cook this like a stew with all the ingredients lumped in together. It takes longer to cook them separately, but the individual attention allows each ingredient to keep its own character. You end up with layers of flavour rather than a casserole. Like quiche, this is better served warm than hot.

Method

  1. Heat a shallow layer of olive oil in a large, low sided pan and brown the aubergine on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside. Fry each of the other vegetables separately in the order above, adding more oil as necessary, until each is pale gold. Remove as each one is ready and set aside.
  2. When you reach the onions, cook in the same way along with the garlic but when cooked, don’t remove from the pan. Add the herbs, along with the tomatoes and allow to cook a little before transferring the cooked peppers back into pan. Add the passata and leave to simmer, with the lid on. When the sauce is reduced a little transfer the aubergine and courgettes back in to the pan along with the bay leaves and season. Taste – leave to simmer for a few more minutes. Stir gently with a handful of torn basil leaves and serve.

Watch Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers on Wednesday's, 8.30-9.00pm on BBC ONE and BBC One HD.

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Debbie Blanco

This is a great dinner for the 5:2 diet because it's so healthy and full of delicious vegetables. A hearty dinner without lots of calories - thanks Nigel Slater!

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