Hearty Vegan stew

It is no surprise that I love gnocchi. I try to find as many things to do with it as possible. I blame my Irish roots, anything potato is good in my books. You are able to find vegan gnocchi in larger stores but this stew is just as good with reg Yukon gold potatoes.

This is a comforting stew for those who love that meaty texture of beef. Jackfruit may be unfamiliar to you but can be found dried in bulk stores or ordered on Amazon! It can also be found canned in the international or vegetable sections of your stores. It has the texture of pulled beef or pork and takes on the flavour of whatever you cook. Jackfruit works well in this dish to give it that extra meaty comfort.

For this recipe, if you buy canned, ensure you get jackfruit canned in water, not syrup as both are avail.

Hearty stew – Vegan : orig found on veggiesociety.com

  • yellow onion diced
  • 2 carrots sliced into rounds
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lb jackfruit pieces rinsed well
  • 1 lb gnocchi Italian potato dumplings or 1 lb diced potatoes
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas(thawed out and rinsed)
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika you can sub sweet paprika
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley roughly chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • sea salt + black pepper to taste
  • 3-4 tb of cornstarch
  • Preheat a heavy bottom dutch oven over medium low heat and sautee the onion and carrot in a drop of oil or a splash of water until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook a few seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the jackfruit pieces, thyme, bay and a splash of water. Simmer until almost evaporated.
  • Add vegetable stock – Bring to a simmer and stir in the paprika and cloves. (If using diced potatoes add now)
  • Cook everything together for 45 minutes until the jackfruit is fork tender.
  • Stir in the gnocchi, tomatoes and green peas and cook a few extra minutes until the gnocchi float to the top and the green peas are cooked through to your liking.
  • To thicken remove 1/3 cup liquid and from pot and add cornstarch to it to make a slurry. Add slurry back to pot and cook until desired thickness.

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