Braised Summer Vegetables with a Green Herb Sauce

Braised Summer Vegetables with a Green Herb Sauce

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2012

This sophisticated dish of braised summer vegetables—beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots and more—drizzled with a pestolike sauce made from garden-fresh herbs was inspired by a stroll through the farmers' market. Feel free to mix up the produce based on what you have on hand, and make extra sauce since it freezes well and is perfect for tossing with pasta or swirling into soups. If they're available, try adding fresh fava beans or other shell beans to bump up the protein in this quintessential summer dish.

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  • Vegetable Braise
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 small onions, halved, or 2 large onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 7 large cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 12 small or 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 12 ounces small new potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1½-inch wedges
  • 8 ounces yellow wax beans or a mixture of beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 5 medium tomatoes, peeled (see Tip), seeded and quartered, juice reserved
  • 1 large yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 pound summer squash, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Green Herb Sauce
  • ⅓ cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • ⅓ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water, or more if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • Pinch of salt


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  1. To prepare vegetable braise: Heat oil and bay leaves in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in onions, garlic, thyme and sage; cover and cook, without stirring, 3 minutes. Layer carrots, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, bell pepper and squash on top without stirring. Season with salt and pepper, and pour the reserved tomato juice over the vegetables. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender and juicy, 40 to 60 minutes. After 30 minutes, if the pot seems dry, add a few tablespoons water.
  2. To prepare green herb sauce: Puree basil, parsley, marjoram, garlic and oil in a food processor or blender. With the motor running, add water and process until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Transfer the sauce to a bowl, stir in capers and season with salt.
  3. Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs from the vegetables. Serve drizzled with the green herb sauce.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat.
  • Make a small X in the bottom of each tomato and plunge into boiling water until the skins are slightly loosened, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Peel with a paring knife, starting at the X.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 cups vegetables
  • Per serving: 250 calories; 13 g fat(2 g sat); 7 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 96 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 7,559 IU vitamin A; 107 mg vitamin C; 102 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 335 mg sodium; 1,147 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (178% daily value), Vitamin A (151% dv), Folate (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 4 vegetable, 2½ fat

Reviews 1

December 28, 2016
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By: Addie
Served this recipe over a small serving of rigatoni pasta. It was DELICOUS! My family and I were still talking about it the next day-- worth all of the vegetable-chopping. Made some modifications to meet everyone's taste at home: -4 small onions -4 cloves of garlic -Green beans (no yellow wax were available) -1 orange and 1 red bell pepper -No summer squash (though I would have loved to) -Added 1 can of drained cannellini beans for protein (same layer as green beans) -Added about 1/2c. to 3/4c. vegetable broth -No green herb sauce The only reason we opted out of the green herb sauce is because pesto is not a favorite for everyone at home. If more people were interested in trying it I would have gave it a go, it sounds delicious.
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