Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

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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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11th Nov, 2012
Made this last night for dinner, used strongbow as i had some in the fridge and cooked off some sausages which I added at the end, put the whole lot in an oven dish topped it with the mash (I did sweet potato mash) topped with cheese and put in the oven to brown off, it was amazing, well worth a try. Easy to make and so very tasty. By the way i got the can of flageolet beans in tesco's.
10th Nov, 2012
This was really tasty. The mash and the stew go so well together.
1st Nov, 2012
Made this as part of a Halloween buffet for a couple of vegetarian guests, put sausages out separate for the meat eaters. Added a stick of celery, extra garlic and a pinch of chilli flakes for added flavour, kept it warm in the slowcooker. It was a big hit, my sister in law was very happy to take home the small amount that was left.
22nd Oct, 2012
Loved it! So tasty just with sausages, mash was too much as well. Had some left over so blitzed it and made a hearty soup out of it for lunch the next day, just thinned it down with some water
20th Oct, 2012
Wasn't mad about this when I first made it as thought it lacked something in terms of real flavor - added baked chorizo to the left-overs the next day and it was just gorgeous. Also think the cheese adds nothing much to the mash.
4th Oct, 2012
I really loved this recipe. I used cannelloni and butter beans and added a little paprika and it was delicious. I think this will be a winter favourite for me.
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4th Oct, 2012
Sounds lovely but instead of using the beans i will use chunky veg (Marrow, pumpkin, squash and courgette) grown in our planting area in Somerset
18th Sep, 2012
I cooked this as per recipe- without sausages - and my meat loving husband said it was delicious and would I make it again very soon !!
22nd Aug, 2012
We are now doing the alternate day fasting (as seen on Horizon) which means that on our "down days" we try to eat 600 cals per day. A portion of this was very satisfying, along with a small amount of sweet potato (skin on) mash with chives. Will definately be doing this again - no meat needed!!
14th Jul, 2012
Really enjoyed making this and eating it. It looked good and was full of flavour. As its July we had new potatoes with it, which was a good match but will try the mash another time.


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