Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

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(79 ratings)

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)

woobytuesday's picture

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

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

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

melanieday's picture

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

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

eva1106stella's picture

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

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!

katespratt's picture

Its fantastic!

tamaragilder's picture

Lovely, and nice with some mash. No need to add meat!

keex2006's picture

Tried this last night and it was delicious! couldn't find flageolet beans so used borlotti instead. I added cooked turkey sausages and served with jacket spuds, yummy!!

sugarcookie's picture

Only cooked the stew, was very tasty!


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