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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 28, 2022

A Hearty Vegetable Stew to Warm Your Soul | Delicious Recipe from Spain

This Potaje de Verduras is Spain´s version of a Hearty Vegetable Stew. It´s packed with a ton of flavors, super nutritious and all done in just 40 minutes. Serve this stew next a bottle of Spanish wine for a heartwarming and delicious meal.

Hearty Vegetable Stew
To make this stew, you can use whatever vegetables you like or whatever you have on hand. I used the vegetables that are typically added in Spain. Which are: Onions, garlic, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and potatoes.

Hearty Vegetable Stew
What really takes this stew to the next level is the thickener. Made with just garlic, slices of baguette, saffron and parsley. It not only helps to thicken the stew, but it also gives it a beautiful lift of flavors.

Hearty Vegetable Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This stew will hold for up to 5 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. Just add in some water when you reheat it, as the thickener will absorb most of the liquid.

Hearty Vegetable Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Hearty Vegetable Stew

Hearty Vegetable Stew
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Hearty Vegetable Stew | Potaje de Verduras

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 419 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 90 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 8 white mushrooms
  • 4 small potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 1 gram
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 2 slices baguette
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 2 bay leaves
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Roughly chop the onion, thinly slice 4 cloves of garlic, cut the bell peppers into small bite-sized pieces, thinly slice the carrot (peeled) and slice the mushrooms (cleaned) into 1/4 inch (.635 cm) thick slices

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium-high heat and add in 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 1 minute add in all the chopped vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika, thyme and sherry vinegar, quickly mix together, then add in the 2 tomatoes finely grated, mix together and simmer

  4. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes (peeled) into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick pieces

  5. Once the grated tomatoes have thickened, about 4 minutes, add in the potatoes and season generously with sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then add in enough cold water to cover the ingredients by 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) and add in the bay leaves

  6. Once the water comes to a boil, place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low-medium heat

  7. Meanwhile, heat a small fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil, cut the slices of baguette into small squares and remove the skins from 2 cloves of garlic, add the garlic and baguette pieces into the hot pan, mix continuously and go for 3 minutes or until the ingredients are golden fried

  8. Add the fried garlic and baguette pieces into a mortar, along with the saffron, chopped parsley and a kiss of sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the ingredients until you form a paste like texture

  9. After simmering the stew for about 20 minutes and the potatoes are cooked through, add the garlic and bread paste, give it one final mix, then remove from the heat

  10. Transfer into shallow bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Hearty Vegetable Stew | Potaje de Verduras
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 1257mg36%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 4533IU91%
Vitamin C 112mg136%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Belinda

    I made the salmon stew. Very delicious! I look forward to looking through your other recipes to try . Thank you for sharing !

    03 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that 🙂 Much love!

      03 . Jan . 2023
  2. Fred

    Made this tonight following the recipe exactly, found it to be very good, and more flavorful than other veggie stews I have tried. Will make again.

    30 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      30 . Nov . 2022
  3. Barbara Storz

    5 stars
    We are sitting in dense fog in south Texas this morning and this looks like a great way to brighten up a day. Thanks for the videos. I may not have tried the thickener without the step-by-step – very helpful.

    28 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      29 . Nov . 2022
  4. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i skip green and red bell peppers as am not a big fan of green and red bell peppers i never had hearty vegetable stew before perfect for raining days in Singapore and after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    28 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      29 . Nov . 2022

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