Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

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(85 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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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.
11th Mar, 2013
Very tasty and cheap dish to make, who needs meat!!
20th Feb, 2013
I did the meat version recently and no way were 2 sausages enough, i feel a minimum of 4 would be more suitable.
22nd Jan, 2013
Loved this. So tasty and warming.
19th Jan, 2013
Really tasty and healthy, and very filling! I didn't add any cider, I put in a bit more stock instead, and had it with plain mash, no cheese or parsley, and it was delicious! Still have some left over for lunch tomorrow.
2nd Jan, 2013
I love this Stew! The Cider really makes it gorgeous - I haven't tried the mash yet. I just use whatever mixed beans I can find, and it's always lovely.
18th Dec, 2012
This was nice; I added some cauliflower, peas and sweetcorn as I didn't have any butter beans. Being a non-drinker, I missed out the cider and used more stock. Next time I think it would be better to add the beans towards the end of the cooking time as they got a bit mushy. I did cook it for longer than stated though as it was a bit runny. The mash was ok, but I prefer mashed potatoes with some mustard stirred through.
15th Dec, 2012
very easy, very economic and very delicious. If you're not vegetarian add some chorizo yum!
20th Nov, 2012
Really tasty and pretty easy to make :)


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