Replacing stewing beef with large pieces is a great way to make a vegetarian stew without beef. It’s so delicious and filling, everyone will love it even the meat lover in your family!
- 5 cups water
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning
- ⅓ cup tomato paste (half of a 6-ounce can)
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 3 ribs celery, cut into ¾-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
- 1½ tablespoon finely chopped garlic (about 6 medium cloves)
- 2 medium portabella mushrooms, cut into ¾-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
- 1½ cups cooked peas (if frozen, rinse under warm water)
- 1½ large yellow or white onions, chopped into ¾-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
- 2 pounds white potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks (about 6 cups)
- 3 medium carrots, sliced lengthwise and cut into ¾-inch pieces (about 2¼ cups)
- Heat 1 tablespoon of water in a soup pot over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the onions, carrots, and celery, and and cook, stirring frequently, for about 8 minutes, adding water as needed.
- Stir in the mushrooms and garlic, and continue to cook while stirring for 5 minutes more, adding water as needed.
- Add the 5 cups of water, potatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and paprika, and bring to a boil, uncovered. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the rosemary. Cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the carrots and potatoes are very tender.
- Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes more.
- Place 2 cups of the stew (broth and vegetables) into a blender, and blend just briefly. Stir the mixture back into the pot to thicken the stew. Stir in the parsley. Enjoy your soup!