Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

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(80 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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5th Jan, 2014
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!
11th Nov, 2013
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.
27th Jun, 2013
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.
30th May, 2013
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!
15th May, 2013
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.
10th Apr, 2013
Good, but not special. I'm not sure what the cider did for it as I couldn't taste it.
9th Apr, 2013
Considering how easy this is to make and the simple list of ingredients, I was surprised and delighted that it tasted so delicious.
2nd Apr, 2013
...forgot to add, served it with redwood veggie sausages, but it would work well enough without.
2nd Apr, 2013
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.
1st Apr, 2013
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.


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