Wholesome, warming and oh-so satisfying, a bowlful of casserole is the archetypal home-cooked comfort food. Few people can resist the ultimate mix of rich, meaty goodness and perfectly tender veg, or a beautiful broth made with fresh ingredients for real depth of flavour. Slow cooking is also key to getting the best results, so do take the time to make some properly feel-good food.
Slow cooker chicken casserole
Nothing says ‘home cooking’ quite like a traditional chicken casserole. Treat the whole family to this healthy option made in a slow cooker – the added bonus being that you can let your pot do the work. Despite tasting rich and satisfying, this marvellous meal is low-fat and low-calorie, and it’s ideal for a family of four to get stuck into.
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Easy lamb tagine
Sweet apricots, brilliant butternut squash and tender meaty chunks are the stars of this terrific lamb tagine. This Middle Eastern-inspired dish is simmered to perfection and the blend of spices is mild enough for tiny tastebuds.
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Root & lentil casserole
Don’t let the name fool you – this root casserole might sound basic but the flavours blend beautifully to make a piquant veggie masterpiece. The potatoes soak up the flavours of the stock and spices and the mix of veggies gives a great range of textures. Serve with a cooling dollop of yogurt and warm, fluffy naan bread.
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Easy beef stew
Top a rich beef stew with moreish sweet potato mash to make our beef stew pie. It has plenty of hidden veg to make sure your little ones are getting the nutrients they need and you can make ahead and freeze it, too. When you’re ready to bake, sprinkle on the cheddar and serve it golden and bubbling.
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Butter bean & chorizo stew
A hearty stew that needs just four ingredients and 20 minutes to make, this is the ultimate easy recipe where chorizo and pesto bring the layers of flavour you’d usually get from slow cooking. It’s also an adaptable recipe where you can add ingredients to your liking, such as chunks of cod or chicken. Make sure you serve with crusty bread for mopping up the delicious sauce.
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Smoky sausage casserole
Here’s a classic one-pot filled to the brim with simmered sausages and cannellini beans, topped off with crunchy breadcrumbs. It’s that crisp, golden topping and the rich tomato sauce that really lift this dish above the norm. It’s an unbeatable family meal with the perfect blend of smoky, sweet and savoury flavours for chilly winter nights.
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