Veggie Pot Pie Stew

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A couple weeks ago I was craving pot pie like something fierce. I had all the main ingredients at home but I didn’t want to deal with making the crust. So, I improvised and made a veggie pot pie stew and served it with a crusty local sourdough bread. Because my hubby hasn’t been eating meat, I cooked up some chicken separately in the crock pot and then added it to my bowl(s). This was really simple to make, and it totally hit the spot, AND it makes a ton.

Veggie Pot Pie Stew
A simple, warming, veggie stew to which you can add meat if you'd like.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
  2. 3 stalks of celery chopped
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 1 package of mushrooms - trim stalks and cut into quarters
  5. 1 small package frozen peas
  6. 1 small package frozen broccoli
  7. 32 ounces broth (veggie, bone, your pick)
  8. 20-32 ounces of water (enough to float the veggies)
  9. 2 TB oregano
  10. 1 TB thyme
  11. Salt & Pepper to taste
  12. 2 TB Olive Oil
  13. Flour (For a gluten free option use Arrowroot in place of flour
Instructions
  1. Remove frozen peas and broccoli from freezer, let stand on the counter to slightly defrost while you make the stew.
  2. Sauté carrots, celery and onion with 2 TB olive oil for 5 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper
  4. Stir well and cook for another minute
  5. Add broth, then add water until liquid completely covers veggies, with another inch or two of liquid above.
  6. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Add the peas and broccoli and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Next ladle about 1 Cup of broth into a separate bowl. Add 1 TB flour (or Arrowroot) and whisk. Here we are making a slurry that will go back into the soup to thicken it up. Continue to add 1 TB at a time to the separate bowl of broth and whisk until you create something just shy of a paste. Pour this back into the stew and stir. Give it a minute for the soup to thicken up. You may need to do this a couple times until the soup takes on the thickness you'd prefer.
Notes
  1. I have made this a few times now, and I each time I cook the chicken separately. I buy pasture raised chicken tenders and cook them in a crockpot on high for 1 - 2 hours. Then I shred the meat and add it to my bowls.
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