Vegetable Cacciatore

The traditional Italian cacciatore is made with poultry and celebrates generosity and variety. This is my vegetarian interpretation and will feed six people when served with mashed potato or polenta.

90ml olive oil
250g button mushrooms
2 medium aubergines, diced
2 onions, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
2 medium red sweet peppers, sliced in strips
250ml dry red wine
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomato
2 x 400g tins of butter beans
250ml whole black olives
500ml vegetable stock
125ml parsley, chopped
5ml salt
black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan on a high heat.
Add the mushrooms and aubergine and fry for a few minutes until browned.
Remove from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
Lower the heat to medium and add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft.
Add the carrot and sweet peppers and fry for a minute or so.
Pour in the wine and simmer until the wine is reduced completely.
Add the tomato, beans, olives, stock and salt and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the cooked mushrooms and aubergine and stir through. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.
Take the saucepan from the heat and add the parsley.
Taste the dish and adjust the seasoning.
Serve on mashed potato or polenta and a generous drizzle of olive oil.

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