Peperonata Recipe

The chilly weather is the season of warm stews for dinner. Peperonata is a simple stew made from sweet bell peppers and tomatoes and then seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices. It’s a versatile dish, you can change the herbs and spices around to suit your palate! Goes wonderful with slices of bread, or serving as a side-dish to a larger meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Servings: 2-4 (2 for a whole meal, 4 if serving with sides)

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 sweet bell peppers, such as orange, yellow, red colors
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 can whole tomatoes and juices
  • 1 cup Vegetable/Chicken broth or water, more as desired

Seasonings

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • Other seasonings you may mix and match: basil, parsley, bay leaves, oregano, red pepper flakes

Equipment:

  • Cutting board x 1
  • Chopping knife x 1
  • Measuring spoons x 1
  • Measuring cups x 1
  • Pot x 1
  • Stirring spoon x 1
  1. Chop the sweet bell peppers into thin slices. Chop the onions and mince the garlic. Measure and set aside the seasonings such as black pepper, fennel seeds, basil, parsley, etc. Turn on the stovetop to medium-high heat. In a pot, add 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and add the onions first.
  2. Cook the onions and garlic until they start to turn soft, about 5 minutes. Watch that they don’t burn. Add the bell peppers and cook another 10 minutes to 15 minutes. Stir in your dry seasonings. Add the 1/2 can of whole tomatoes and their juices, along with 1 cup of your broth or water. If you want more of a soupy dish, you can add more liquid throughout the cooking process.
  3. Cover the pot and turn the heat to low, allowing it to simmer. Cook covered for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, season the stew with the white vinegar and soy sauce (or Worcestershire sauce). Adjust other seasonings to your taste. Cook the stew uncovered, another 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool before serving and enjoy! Biscuits or focaccia bread are great additions to the stew.

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