Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (without mash)

kcalories
169
protein
9g
carbs
24g
fat
4g
saturates
0g
fibre
7g
sugar
10g
salt
0.99g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 200g can butter beans, drained
  • 400g can flageolet beans, rinsed and drained
  • 200ml dry cider
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • few sprigs thyme, leaves only
  • cheddar & parsley mash (see tip below)

Make it non-veggie

  • 2 sausages
  • 1 tsp olive oil per portion

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2011

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

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

vikki321's picture
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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
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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.

abbyrees's picture
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Very tasty and cheap dish to make, who needs meat!!

giles_74's picture

I did the meat version recently and no way were 2 sausages enough, i feel a minimum of 4 would be more suitable.

pippahockey's picture
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Loved this. So tasty and warming.

natalia5294's picture
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Really tasty and healthy, and very filling!
I didn't add any cider, I put in a bit more stock instead, and had it with plain mash, no cheese or parsley, and it was delicious!
Still have some left over for lunch tomorrow.

greensquirrel's picture
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I love this Stew! The Cider really makes it gorgeous - I haven't tried the mash yet. I just use whatever mixed beans I can find, and it's always lovely.

rachel_r's picture
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This was nice; I added some cauliflower, peas and sweetcorn as I didn't have any butter beans. Being a non-drinker, I missed out the cider and used more stock. Next time I think it would be better to add the beans towards the end of the cooking time as they got a bit mushy. I did cook it for longer than stated though as it was a bit runny.

The mash was ok, but I prefer mashed potatoes with some mustard stirred through.

ghwilkins's picture
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very easy, very economic and very delicious. If you're not vegetarian add some chorizo yum!

kelliehuk23's picture
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Really tasty and pretty easy to make :)

johnjustice's picture
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Found this easy to make and the cider gave an interesting and different flavour to what is basically a Bean and Veg soup. Without the sausage I found it to be a bit thin and lacking some punch but my son-in-law gave it the thumbs up. In spite of my reservations this is a great low fat, high fibre and healthy meal and I will make it again making some additions until it packs the punch I want.

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