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Recipe: Mushroom and Chickpea Stew

Chic Peas with pasta was a staple in my families dinners. I only just recently started to soak them overnight and re create them in a stew to rather than eat in humus or patties.

My favorite is with shiitake (immune enhancing) and button mushrooms.

To create this follow the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 2 medium carrots, diced

  • 3 celery stalks, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced

  • 5 shiitake mushrooms

  • 1 ½ cup fresh button mushrooms, sliced

  • 400g dried chickpeas

  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste

  • 8 cups of water

  • 1-2 cubes low sodium veggie bouillon

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

  • ½ tsp paprika

  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place dried chic peas into a pot covering with water - sit for 4 to 6 hours. then wash and they are ready to use. you can also soak them overnight.

  2. To olive oil or butter in a large pot add diced onion, celery and carrot. Sautée the vegetables over medium heat for 3-5 min, adding 1-2 tbsp of water at a time to prevent sticking. Add garlic and tomato paste; stir the mixture until the paste is well incorporated. Add rinsed chic peas and cover with water. Add stock cubes.

  3. The goal is to have the soup a little thin at this time because the chic peas will expand a lot during cooking. If your stew mixture looks dry, add more water.

  4. Bring the stew to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 60 minutes. Add sliced button mushrooms to the pot, and cook 5-7 minutes longer, or until the chic peas are soft. Once you have taken the soup off the heat stir through the fresh herbs.

  5. I like to serve mine with soft polenta.

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