Vegetarian Bourguignon


Carrots and parsnips mingle with meaty mushrooms in this vegetarian spin on the classic French beef stew. Feel free to substitute other root vegetables, such as rutabaga and turnip. Serve over whole-wheat pasta and top with chopped parsley or chives.

vegetarian bourguignon
Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
5 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 stalks celery, sliced

  • 1 cup chopped parsnip (1/2-inch)

  • 1 cup chopped carrot (1/2-inch)

  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms, halved

  • 1 large shallot, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups dry red wine

  • ¼ cup cognac or brandy

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable or mushroom broth

  • 1 ½ cups frozen pearl onions, thawed


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add celery, parsnip and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add mushrooms, shallot, garlic, bay leaf, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the mushrooms soften, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds more. Add wine and cognac (or brandy); increase heat to medium-high and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid is reduced by about half, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, partially cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in pearl onions. Return to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
10g Fat
23g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Vitamin A 4793IU 96%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 71mcg 18%
Sodium 492mg 21%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 40mg 10%
Potassium 898mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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