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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staceyb85's picture
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Nice, warming and healthy stew, served it with the cheese & parsley mash and the two worked well together. Couldn't find flageolet beans and my partner doesn't like butter beans so I used a 300g can of mixed beans and a 200g can of kidney beans. Didn't give it 5 stars because although the flavours were good, it was lacking something, I'm not sure what though.

nikkidowns's picture
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Tasty meal, cooked with sausages and replaced the beans with some swede we had in the fridge as my husband hates beans!

fatal6ert's picture
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Tried exactly as per recipe - superb

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Really hearty stew and very flavourful. I served with the cheddar & parsley mash and sausages. Very popular and my son had the leftover stew the next day for lunch.

beccachoules's picture
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I'm afraid to say I wasn't keen on this one! I usually love tomatoey stews, but I think it might have been the cider that I didn't like the taste of...I may give it another go and just add more vegetable stock. Also, it was a tad bland - I thought it needed a little something else? If I do make it again I will add some worcester sauce or some extra seasoning. The mash wasn't that great either, didn't like the parsley with it - I think I will try chives next time. Don't let me put you off though, plenty of others loved it! It's all about personal preference :)

fatal6ert's picture
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Really impressed with this one, lovely taste. Made mash with plain philedelphia rather than cheered. Makes a very generous 4 portions

lib502's picture
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Made this with sausages, nice as it was, it did lack a certain something so will add more garlic and herbs next time I make this.

diamond_sky's picture
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Used 2 tins of butter beans & served with jacket potatoes. Very filling & delicious,

emmaccollins's picture
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I cooked this as part of my mother's day meal as I had a mixture of meat and non-meat eaters. Cooked it with the herbed crusted pork fillet recipe off of this site and used it as a sauce, and the non meat eater had it as a main course and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would make it again for myself as it was delicious.

jgluiz's picture
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Healthy, easy and generally available "store cupboard" ingredients which is great. I feel the stew lacks something - will try adding a bay leaf for some "depth" next time.

kplant1's picture
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Used different beans and no sausages. Loved the stew and the mash.

mandinga's picture
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Very satisfying winter meal - sausages not required!

woobytuesday's picture
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I loved this stew - the cider makes all the difference. I added a bay leaf and used soya beans as I didn't have any flageolet. It was really tasty and very easy.

bethocallaghan's picture
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This was very tasty, thought it was really great. I used the sausages, but think it would have been fine without them.

deborah75's picture
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Very nice - I cheated with Aunt Bessie's mash, no extra butter or milk required

melanieday's picture
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This recipe was very tasty and very quick to make. I had it on its own for lunch and with mash and sausages for dinner. So a flexible recipe.

jweg1210's picture
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This was OK, served with jackets rather than mash. Added Quorn sausages which worked well.

eva1106stella's picture
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Made the stew and the mash and it was delicious. Tasted even better the next day with the leftovers.. particularly like the taste from the cider but I also shoved in some more garlic. Lovely.

juliejeb's picture
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This was delicious though the cheese left a bit of a coating on your teeth - will probably make it with plain mashed potato or even brown rice next time.

hemitha40hitch's picture

A very nice meal. I used cannellini beans instead of butter beans as already had a tin in the cupboard and I put chives in the mash instead of parsley as I hate parsley with a vengeance!

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