Ciambotta – Italian Vegetable stew (vegan)

Ciambotta (or Giambotta) – delicious (and super simple) Italian vegetable stew that celebrates local Italian summer produce of the Mediterranean region. Enjoyed as a side or main meal locally.

Ciambotta (or otherwise called Giambotta) is a traditional Italian vegetable stew originating from the Southern regions of Italy, particularly Calabria and Campania. It typically includes a variety of seasonal vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, and onions, all cooked together with olive oil, garlic, and herbs like basil and oregano. It’s a hearty and flavorful dish that showcases the freshness and simplicity of Mediterranean cuisine. Ciambotta can be served as a side dish or as a main course, often accompanied by crusty bread or served over pasta.

Ciambotta (also called Giambotta) is served as main meal by itself with some cheese and eggs or as a side to sausage, chicken and fish meals. Personally I like to add some Feta cheese on top to elevate the taste.

The beauty of Ciambotta is that you need only one bowl and a stove top to make it. It’s rich, colorful, seasonal and really delicious. It’s seasoning is simple, but you can add Italian seasoning to elevate the taste.

INGREDIENTS & Substitutions

Ingredients for Italian Ciambotta are always non-pretentious and seasonal.

  • Eggplant (aubergines) – personally prefer striped eggplants, but lilac or white will do.
  • Bell peppers – cut in stripes or cubes, peppers give unique taste to the meal.
  • Green zucchini – fresh zucchini.
  • Carrots, cut
  • Red onion, minced – or white, or shallots for milder onion taste.
  • Potatoes, cut in cubes, optional – sometimes, I skip potatoes and the result is equally good.
  • Cloves of garlic, minced – optional, but gives ciambotta marvelous taste.
  • Olive oil, preferably extra virgin.
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
How to make Ciambotta - Italian Vegetable Stew (Vegan)

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How to make Ciambotta - Italian Vegetable Stew (Vegan)

Ciambotta – Italian Vegetable Stew Recipe (Giambotta)

Easy and healthy Italian Vegetable Stew recipe with seasonal ingredients, prepared as a side to fish and sausage, or enjoyed on its own.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine European, Italian

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 eggplants, medium size
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut
  • 3 green zucchini, cut
  • 2 carrots, cut
  • 2 red onions, minced
  • 2 potatoes, cut in cubes optional
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil or more as needed
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped optional

Instructions
 

  • Cut onion and garlic in small pieces, sauté with olive oil on low heat on the stove. Then peel potatoes, carrots (if not organic) and cut in small cubes. Add to cooking pan and sauté further
  • Next, cut red bell pepper, eggplant and zucchini in small cubes and add to cooking pan. Sauté for another 4-5 minutes. Add more olive oil (or some water) as needed to prevent vegetables from sticking to pan.
  • Then, place lid on and let vegetables cook on low heat. Add salt, paprika and black pepper. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Add a tbsp. by tbsp. of water/olive oil if needed.
  • Remove from stove when all vegetables are cooked completely. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley to garnish. Serve warm.

Notes

  1. Adjust meal oiliness by adding more/less olive oil and water. 
  2. Even when using non-stick pan, stir frequently as vegetables tend to stick to pan. 
  3. Add tomatoes, okra or any other seasonal vegetable you may have on hand. 
Keyword vegan, vegetable stew, vegetarian
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