Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

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(80 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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

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

    Carrot

    ka-rot

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

  • 1 leek, chopped
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    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
    Tomato

    Tomato

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    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

    Cider

    si-der

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

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

    Thyme

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

  • cheddar & parsley mash (see tip below)
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    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
    olive oil

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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.

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studentcook146
20th Oct, 2016
5.05
* the below made 3 portions
studentcook146
20th Oct, 2016
5.05
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
26th Sep, 2015
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
29th Apr, 2015
5.05
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
21st Jan, 2015
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
19th Jan, 2015
3.8
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
23rd Nov, 2014
2.55
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
27th Oct, 2014
3.8
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
10th Jul, 2014
2.55
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
13th Feb, 2014
5.05
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!

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