Root vegetable stew


My CSA delivered a lot of tubers this week. I guess that’s to be expected in the dead of winter. I made this earthy stew to warm us up.

2 stalks celery diced
4 sweet potatoes peeled and diced in large chunks
1 medium onion diced
1 large shallot diced
1 large or 2 small turnips peeled and diced in large chunks
1large potato peeled and diced in large chunks
5 carrots sliced in large coins
4 pints chicken stock
1 bunch collard green, stalks removed and leaves chopped
Fresh parsley, cilantro and mint, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Small handful of farro
Chili flakes
Smoked paprika
Coriander seeds
Caraway seeds
6 cloves garlic, smashed
Fish sauce
2T tomato paste
Mustard powder
2 Bay leaves
Olive oil
Half and half
Salt & pepper


Heat olive oil in large pot and sautee garlic, onions and shallots until translucent.

Toss in bay leaves, pepper flakes, cumin, caraway seeds, turmeric, mustard powder and paprika. Stir and allow to cook till spices coat all surfaces.

Add celery and cook for a few minutes. Toss in other root vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add salt and pepper, lemon juice and stock and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Add farro.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer till veggies are soft all the way through.

Stir in tomato paste and fish sauce. Allow to simmer a while to let the flavors meld. Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste. I added some chicken broth powder to make it a little more rich.


Add collard greens and fresh herbs and cook, stirring, till softened. Stir in half and half. Let simmer a few more minutes till it’s all creamy and incorporated.

Finish with a big knob of butter, stirring till silky and a little shiny.

Serve topped with grated cheese.

It will warm your bones.


4 thoughts on “Root vegetable stew

  1. looks gorgeous! on a related note, can you tell me more about CSA? i want to sign up for a fruit and veg delivery service, as I am spending a heap at the shops right now, and cooking every night. i was looking at farm fresh to you and others. what is the best?

    Keep the recipes coming! I always love hearing what you are up to! xx

  2. Thanks Sarah!
    I actually use two. I get a weekly box from Spud and semi regular deliveries from Good Eggs. Neither are true CSAs as they are middlemen that allow one to order locally grown and locally made products rather than just buying a share in one particular farm. I like the flexibility.

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