Winter Veggie Stew!

One of my favorite parts of October is going to the local veggie stand and picking out fresh vegetables/squash for delicious comfort dinners. I was recently at my grandma’s house when she sent me home with a plethora of tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, and even some yummy green beans! When I got home I realized the tomatoes had been squished on my way home, and would go bad if I let them be till the morning. With that discovery I decided it was time to experiment and make soup! So here we have it, this is my one pot wonder of delicious vegetable goodness!



Winter Vegetable Stew!

Time to cook: 20-30 minutes.

Produces: 3-4 servings



8 Medium Sized Fresh Tomatoes or two cans of peeled tomatoes.

1 Large Zucchini (or two small)

1 Bell Pepper

1/2 of a minced Shallot or 1/4 of a medium sized onion.

1 clove of minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 tablespoon of fresh cracked pepper

1/2 tablespoon of Italian seasoning.

2 cans of chicken stock (VEGETARIANS: use vegetable stock!)

1/4 cup of heavy cream

1/2-1 cup of orzo

1 can of rinsed black beans

1 teaspoon of butter


Cooking Utensils

Blender/Immersion Blender

Stove top


Cutting board

Veggie Peeler (optional)

Medium/Large sized pot




1. First start with preparing all of your vegetables.

– Cut your tomatoes in to quarters, (Optional: you can peel the tomatoes)

– Cut your zucchini in half-length wise

Then cut it into 1/2 chunks

-Cut your pepper into 1/2 squares

-Dice your Onion and Garlic


2. Caramelize your Onion and Garlic in the pan.


3. Add chicken stock and tomatoes, bring to boil, cook for five minutes occasionally stirring.


4. Use immersion blender/blender to break tomatoes down so the soup is a smooth consistency without chunks



5. Return soup base to pot warm up, add spices, Zucchini, and Bell Pepper, cook for five minutes on medium heat. (If it bubbles bring the heat down!)


6. Rinse your black beans so they are nice and clean, add to the soup.


7. Add Orzo to soup, cook until the orzo is fully cooked.


8. Finish and enjoy!!!


One thing I love to do is to double the recipe and put the leftovers into freezer bags to enjoy at a later date!!! 🙂


Thanks for reading!!

Madeline Bennett

 IMG_4519Here is Grandma with the lovely fruits(vegetables) of her labor! 🙂