Ironically, the word cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style.” Well, hunting sucks. The only hunting involved in this version of this cacciatore may be searching for a place to hide some of it before everyone else eats it all up. You can use whatever veggies you like but bell peppers, mushrooms and onions are pretty typical for this dish.
Cauliflower Cacciatore [Vegan]
- 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, any color, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
- 28 oz. canned diced tomatoes
- 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 Tbsp. capers, drained
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
- 1/4 cup basil or parsley, coarsely chopped
- In a deep skillet or large sauté pan that has a lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 4 minutes.
- Then add the bell peppers and let cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add the celery and the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are browned, about 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook for 6 minutes.
- Add the zucchini and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Once the vegetables are tender, add the garlic and the herbs and spices to the pan. We waited until now to add them so they wouldn't burn. Mix them in well.
- If you are using wine, add it to the pan and simmer until it is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. If you don’t want to use wine, omit this step.
- Add the tomatoes with their juice. Mix in the broth, capers and chickpeas.
- Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens a little, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the kale and cover the pot until the kale is bright green. Mix it into the veggies.
- Remove the bay leaf or if you’re like me, forget about the bay leaf until you or someone else finds it in their food. If you find it, remove it quietly. If someone else finds it, tell them they win the prize and take it away from them.
- Garnish with fresh basil or parsley. Serve over brown rice or pasta.