This is my idea of total comfort soup/stew. This has a rich red wine broth flavor that reminds me of beef stew back in the day and rich red wine meat sauces. If you hate red wine, this soup is not for you, but if you love it, I hope you will love this as much as I do!
First, add ONLY 1 cup of the broth to a large pot with the onions, garlic and carrots. Turn to medium heat and once the liquid is bubbling, cook 5-8 minutes until onions are tender.
Add the wine and nutritional yeast (if using) and stir well. Continue to cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes so the wine cooks down some. 5 minutes is plenty.
Add the remaining broth (3 1/2 cups), potatoes, tomato sauce, Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Turn to high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Once fully boiling, cover with a lid and turn the heat to low.
Cook on low simmering for 30-45 minutes until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Check it a few times during and stir and check the veggies for doneness so they don't overcook.
Taste and add any extra pepper/salt, etc. Garnish with fresh rosemary and thyme, if desired.
This has a bit more liquid in it than some stews simply because one of my favorite things about stews and soups is spooning and slurping all that yummy liquid, am I right?? Don't give me a pot full of just chunks, give me some yummy liquid please! The flavor is so rich and delicious, you will enjoy every spoonful of the red wine/tomato/herb broth. It is delicious immediately, but it is unbelievable the next day, as most soups/stews are after they've sat awhile.