Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
This family winter warmer is full of flavour and goodness. Adapt for meat lovers by adding sausages

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving (without mash)

  • kcal169
  • fat4g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre7g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.99g
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  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 leek, chopped



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 200g can butter bean, drained
  • 400g can flageolet bean, rinsed and drained
  • 200ml dry cider



    Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…

  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • few sprigs thyme, leaves only


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • cheddar & parsley mash (see tip below)



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Make it non-veggie

  • 2 sausages
  • 1 tsp olive oil per portion
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  1. Heat oil in a large pan and fry the onion, garlic, carrot and leek until soft but not coloured. Add the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes, butter beans, flageolet beans, cider, stock and thyme and simmer for 15-20 mins until the stew has thickened and the veg are tender.

  2. Meanwhile, if you’re adding sausages to any portion, snip each sausage into 3-4 chunks. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and brown the chunks for 5 mins, then stir in appropriate portions of the stew and gently simmer for the remaining cooking time. Serve with the mash.

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Comments (72)

studentcook146's picture

* the below made 3 portions

studentcook146's picture

This is delicious, perfect for a cold winters day. I used 1 huge leek, 2 carrots, 2 large garlic cloves, 1 400g tin of tesco 3 beans in water (45p), added 1 tsp of hot chilli powder, paprika and dried oregano just before adding the beans etc . I used the full amount of cider and stock and then left the stew bubbling for 15 minutes - consistency was perfect. Felt the stew was so good it only needed a parsley (dried) mash. Definitely don't scrimp on the cider - it adds a wonderful apple flavour.

glasgow's picture

Loved this! Used 400g flageolet beans & had no iss with too much liquid. Next time I'll add a little bit of chilli. The mash was fab.

joferg's picture

Really pleased with this recipe. Very tasty, went down really well with my usually fussy daughter. Lots of liquid but cooked it down to make a delicious sauce. Cider adds good flavour but isn't entirely necessary. Used low fat sausages as healthier & they're fine cooked in casseroles. Really easy to adapt this recipe to personal tastes.

k@th's picture

I love this recipe - I made this yesterday evening .... I didn't add the cider, and substituted the flageolet beans with 2 x tins of 'mixed beans in chilli sauce', and served it with wholemeal wraps (instead of the mash) - absolutely delicious ! Glad I made enough for 2nd and 3rd helpings !

gcurtis88's picture

I made this for dinner tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. I forgot I did not have any cider so instead a made up the extra liquid with stock, and I also added a fair bit of chilli powder to give it some heat, otherwise it may have been a little bland.
To change things up and make it even healthier, I used quorn sausages and polenta rather than mash. Very tasty and filling, looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

lou_rayment's picture

There seemed to be far too much liquid in this recipe. Had to boil it off otherwise it would have been like vegetable soup!

Sollie99's picture

I'm a part-time veggie (around one day a week I may eat chicken or fish) though my partner is (adamantly) a non-veggie, so I'm always looking for recipes that I can make and then add in meat for his dish. This is perfect - adding sausages for the other half. I cooked to the recipe but didn't find it bland at all. Tasty and filling in fact. Though being a lover of paprika I think I may follow MichaeltheGreat's tip of adding paprika and bay leaves.

MichaeltheGreat's picture

It is the mash that makes this meal, the stew itself is a little bland. I added paprika and bay leaves also to the stew - while adding mustard to the mash.

nursenicola's picture

Love love love this recipe! Fantastic hearty winter dish with plenty of veg and protein. Substituted the flageolet beans for kidney beans but I think this recipe would work with any kind of bean. Didn't have any cider so just added more stock and it was still lovely. Served with sausages and the cheddar and parsley mash, definitely a winner!

smooge's picture

This recipie is literally amazing! Deicious. I made the mash too which was pefect with it. Even my kids and partner who usually turns his nose up at my veggie food. ( he aded the sausages) loved it. I couldn't get hold of the dry cider and didn't want to use strongbow so added a good glug of red wine and dry thyme but it came out great. I wish I'd made double!

Whycantiuseyahoo's picture

This was a very tasty meal. I don't like butter beans and we are hearty eaters so I replaced the 200g butter beans with 400g kidney beans which added even more colour and texture. Best served with a green vegetable too.

chloehodges44's picture

My husband liked it but i wasnt so keen. Content of stew was lovely but i didnt like the cider and thyme combo, might make it again but flavour differently! Mash was yummy.

helenakeysxx's picture

Very nice! The cider really made the stew taste and smell very good! The mash potatoes were also delicious. This is one to cook again!

lizleicester's picture

Used up Rosie's Wicked Wasp cider - probably the best way to ingest it! Added some tasty pork sausages and didn't need the mash. Filling and tasty.

vrog's picture

Good, but not special. I'm not sure what the cider did for it as I couldn't taste it.

emmacarlow's picture

Considering how easy this is to make and the simple list of ingredients, I was surprised and delighted that it tasted so delicious.

vikki321's picture

...forgot to add, served it with redwood veggie sausages, but it would work well enough without.

vikki321's picture

Had this tonight ... used all flageolet beans as I had some cooked beans in the freezer to use up, and added a bit more garlic and a bay leaf. Served with cabbagey, chivey mash. Very nice.

littlemissmaccas's picture

Really lovely stew. Took on board some of the comments and added a stick odf celery an extra garlic clove, a bay leaf and a pinch of paprika. Also added a teaspoon of English mustard to the cheddar mash. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be cooking again. I didn't think there was any need for meet or veggie sausages.


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