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Mini Pierogi & Veggie Stew

Pierogi & Vegetable Stew

I picked up this month's Food Network magazine because it was all about cheese - and I do have a passion for anything cheese related. I stumbled across this recipe for Pierogi and Squash Stew which sounded delicious - but upon reading it, I started disliking the ingredients less and less. Cabbage and butternut squash are things I don't enjoy much, I detest chicken broth, and the entire way the recipe was crafted seemed essentially off. So I took the idea, but not much else. I used vegetable broth, completely redid the order and manner in which the stew was crafted, and chose to use mini pierogies. It turned out beautifully, and with the turkey pepperoni being an optional addition, completely vegetarian.

Pierogi & Vegetable Stew

Pierogi & Vegetable Stew 

Adapted (heavily) from Food Network Magazine March 2013 Pierogi & Squash Stew
What You'll Need
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Yellow Onion
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrot
2 Tablespoons Flour
4 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Teaspoon Tomato Paste
1 Green Squash (Zuchinni) & 1 Yellow Squash, cubed
1 Teaspoon White Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (vegan/vegetarian here)
1 Box Mini Cheddar Potato Pierogies
Light Sour Cream
Turkey Pepperoni (Optional)

Prep by chopping your onions and cubing your squash. Then melt 4 Tablespoons of butter in at least a 4 QT stock pot. Once melted, add the chopped onion and carrot and saute over medium high heat until the onion is translucent.

Pierogi & Vegetable Stew

Add 2 Tablespoons of flour to the mixture and reduce the heat to medium low. The onions and carrots should look sandy now. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Now, begin to slowly add your vegetable broth, adding maybe 1/4 cup at first and stirring to form a paste. Once the flour is well mixed and you see no clumps, add the remainder of the vegetable broth slowly and stir well.

Next, add the squashes, tomato paste, Worcester sauce and dry spices, stirring well. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cooking for about 10 minutes until the squash is tender.

Pierogi & Vegetable Stew

Raise the heat to a high heat until the stew begins to boil. Now add the box of pierogis (be careful not to splash) and cook until they float, about 5 minutes. If you are adding pepperoni bites, add these now too. I used two small handfuls - I say add to your heart's content. You could even throw this in after if you are a vegetarian eating with a non-vegetarian.

Pierogi & Vegetable Stew

Serve into bowls and top with a dollop of light sour cream.

Pierogi & Vegetable Stew

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18 comments:

  1. Well this sounds absolutely delicious and has me super hungry now!! My brother would be SO happy if I made this
    xJennaD

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  2. Wow, that looks amazing for this cold March we are having!!!! :) Stupid snow needs to go away.

    Sara :)

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  3. Yum! This looks so good, and with the stuffy nose I have right now it sounds perfect.

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  4. katherine, this looks major yum. i'm like you, if the ingredients aren't right i usually don't try. but this turned out great!
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  5. This sounds awesome, I'm going to try it this week!

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  6. That looks really delicious, and healthy too!
    www.shannonheartsblog.com

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  7. Looks tasty!

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  8. This looks so delicious. I would've never thought of putting pierogis in soup! That would be super tasty!

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  9. Mmm, this looks so good! It's so snowy here, that a nice stew just sounds perfect.

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  10. Pierogi are polish!! I hope you like them:DD!
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  11. Ooh. This sounds nice. I have never even thought of putting sour cream in broth. This sounds like a good idea for a cold day. I'm all into making dumplings at the moment actually.

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  12. Yum and genius for re-doing the recipe. Dollop of light sour cream just did it for me!

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  13. YUM! Will be trying this one out once in gets a little colder here. Thanks for sharing this one darling xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

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  14. Your version looks amazing--I'm the same with chicken broth. It's pretty weird (and has some weird ingredients in it... well, it can, yuck!) and vegetables sound safer haha.

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  15. WOW! It looks so incredible. I wish I could lick the screen like Willy WOnka's lickable wallpaper and be able to taste it. SOOOOO amazing. I smell it (is that weird)?
    +Victoria+

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  16. I will be trying that out. Looks delish.

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