Roasted Vegetable Stew with Bacon

November 5, 2011

We recently made Mark Bittman's Roasted Butternut Chowder which we found on this MSNBC recipe page. I liked it a lot. Charlie liked it ok, but wasn't crazy about it. We decided to modify the recipe to use more traditional roasted vegetables. It turned out great. This is what we did (below).

Because of the white wine, it tastes a lot like onion soup, but better because of all the chunky vegetables and bacon. Delicious. And easy to make.

And thanks to Mark Bittman who is teaching us how to cook some really good stuff.

The recipe below will easily serve 8. You can cut it in half and still serve 4 and have some left over. (We made it big because we wanted to have a lot left over.)

The Recipe


  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Grease a deep roasting pan with oil.
  3. Put the bacon in the roasting pan and put it into the oven and let it cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
  4. Put the vegetables into the roasting pan and stir into the bacon and bacon fat. (If you are using broccoli or onions, leeks or garlic, don't add those for another 20 minutes or so. They cook a lot faster than, say, carrots and cauliflour.)
  5. Stir in some olive oil if needed so that everything is lightly coated with oil. (May not need much if there is a lot of bacon fat.)
  6. Roast, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned; takes 45 to 60 minutes. (Of course, be careful not to taste it till the bacon is done.)
  7. Remove the pan from the oven. (Above photo shows the vegetables at this stage.)
  8. You can stop here if you want and just serve as roasted vegetables (yum), or, to make stew continue to next step.
  9. Transfer the contents of the pan to a large pot and put on medium heat. Be sure to get all the scrapings from the pan. (If your pan can be used on the stovetop, you won't need to transfer.)
  10. Stir in the sage and white wine and broth.
  11. Cook until the vegetables break apart a little and the broth is well flavored, 10 to 25 minutes.
  12. Taste and add salt/pepper if desired.
  13. Serve with romano or parmesan cheese and (optional) toast.

Variations that we haven't yet tried:
  1. So far we've only made it with carrots, broccoli, green beans, squash, peppers, cauliflower, and cabbage. Other vegetables we might try: brussels sprouts, fennel, turnips. There must be many other things we haven't thought of.
  2. If you want a vegetarian or less meaty version, it probably would taste good with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and without the bacon or with less bacon. As Mark Bittman has said a little bacon goes a long way.
  3. Use sausage instead of bacon?
  4. Use 2 tablespoons of fresh sage peppers, instead of 2 teaspoons dried sage.
  5. If don't have fresh tomatoes, add a little tomato paste, perhaps to the broth??

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