Stewps' Vegetarian Chili
5 quarts cold water
4 large Beefsteak tomatoes
5 tablespoons salt (divided)
2 teaspoons white pepper (divided)
1 red onion, peeled and quartered
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
1 turnip, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced large
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced large
1 large red potato, diced large
4 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons dried oregano (divided)
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon ground cumin (divided)
1 tablespoon light chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced (divided)
1 yellow onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
2 tablespoons Spanish paprika
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Prepare tomato stock in large, oven-proof pot. Place cold water,
tomatoes, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon white pepper. Place,
uncovered, in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 375 degrees.
Simmer 90 minutes longer and remove from oven. Puree in blender, or
with immersion blender, then strain. For a thick soup, add 1 to 2
cups cold water; for a thinner soup, add enough cold water to bring
total measure to 4 quarts.
In large bowl, toss red onion, parsnip, turnip, carrots, sweet
potato, red potato and mushrooms with vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon
oregano, 2 teaspoons cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, hot
pepper sauce and 2 of the minced garlic cloves. Place vegetable
mixture on baking sheet covered with parchment paper and roast in
preheated oven until vegetables are soft, about 25 minutes.
In large stockpot over medium heat, sweat yellow onion, red and
green bell peppers and remaining 2 minced garlic cloves until soft
and mostly dry. Do not brown. Add tomato stock, bring to boil,
reduce to simmer, and skim off foam. Add roasted vegetables and
return to simmer.
Add Old Bay seasoning, paprika, remaining 2 tablespoons oregano and
remaining 1 tablespoon cumin. Turn off heat and add extra-virgin
olive oil, remaining 4 tablespoons salt (or less to taste,
particularly if using less water) and remaining 1 teaspoon white
Makes 10 to 12 servings.