Italian Vegetable Stew (Ciambotta)

From Chili and Stew Go Vegetarian

Italian Vegetable Stew (Ciambotta)

Why This Recipe Works

Italy’s ciambotta is a ratatouille-like stew chock-full of veggies that makes for a hearty one-bowl meal with nary a trace of meat. We wanted to avoid the ill fate of most recipes, which end in mushy vegetables drowning in a weak broth. In ...

Why This Recipe Works

Italy’s ciambotta is a ratatouille-like stew chock-full of veggies that makes for a hearty one-bowl meal with nary a trace of meat. We wanted to avoid the ill fate of most recipes, which end in mushy vegetables drowning in a weak broth. In order to optimize the texture of the zucchini and peppers, we employed the dry heat of a skillet. To address the broth, we embraced eggplant’s natural tendency to fall apart and cooked it until it completely assimilated into a thickened tomato-enriched sauce. Finally, we found that a traditional pestata of garlic and herbs provided the biggest flavor punch when added near the end of cooking.

 

Watch the Full Episode

Chili and Stew Go VegetarianSeason 13, Ep. 1324

Host Christopher Kimball travels to Foxy Farms in the Salinas Valley to see where the nation’s produce is grown. Then he heads into the test kitchen with test cook Becky Hays to learn how to make the ...