Lazy cheesy vegetable hotpot

Lazy cheesy vegetable hotpot

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(21 ratings)

Ready in 35-40 minutes


Serves 4
Vegetarian food at its easiest and most comforting – and a minimum of washing-up, as it's made in the microwave

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal308
  • fat20g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.83g
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  • 3 leeks, trimmed, washed and roughly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • large knob butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • ½ small Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 8 chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 small vegetarian camembert or other rinded soft cheese, sliced with the rind on
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaf


  1. In a shallow microwavable dish toss the leeks in half the butter and cook on High for 5 mins until they begin to soften. Stir in the cabbage and mushrooms and add the crème fraîche. Lay the potato slices over the vegetables pressing them down with a fish slice.

  2. Dot the potatoes with the remaining butter and microwave, uncovered, for 15-20 mins on High until they are done. Scatter over the cheese and thyme, and either microwave on High to melt for 2 mins, or grill until crisp and brown. Leave to stand for a few mins and serve straight from the dish.

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Christine Parkinson's picture
Christine Parkinson
12th Oct, 2019
I loved this! Instead of 2 I did it in 4 layers, adding the creme fraiche and cheese in the middle and on the top of the potato, only using butter in the leek mixture. I parboiled the sliced potato and cooked in a fan oven 150 for 40 - 45 mins.
5th Oct, 2014
This was all kinds of wrong, wrong, wrong! Not one bit went right. Undercooked potatoes, split créme fraîche and a puddle of watery vegetables!!!
Tartan Girl
23rd Sep, 2014
I wish this site would given an oven alternative when they give microwave recipes because not everybody has a microwave!
4th Sep, 2014
Yummy - I added a layer of fresh tomato on the bottom, a bit of cambazola blue Brie in with the cabbage and leek mix rather than putting cheese on top. Did all in the oven / grill. I sprayed top with light olive oil rather than using butter. Am definitely going to cook again!
8th Apr, 2013
This did not work work at all and ended up only eating the potatoes on the top.
13th Nov, 2012
Delicious, easy and healthy - the perfect combination! Even my husband who hates vegetables really enjoyed it.
msbake's picture
25th Aug, 2011
I used a random combination of veg and a bit of double cream that needed using up. Also used parmesan cheese and cooked it in the oven as I don't have a microwave. Despite losing my connection to the site and having to make the recipe up, it turned out a treat - can't really go wrong with this one! Even managed to get my partner to eat cabbage! I would definitely recommend seasoning with salt and pepper though.
6th Dec, 2010
well that's tonights supper sorted but need to change cheese as husband hates camembert. look forward to trying it depite differing comments on this one. it sounds good to me
16th Apr, 2010
I used only 1 leek (as I only had 1!) but it was quite nice, reminded me of bubble and squeak. We had it as a main course but it would work great as an accompaniment to meat or fish. A great and cheap way to use up all the lonely odd vegetables and sprouting potatoes lying about, as I'm sure it can be made with any combination, and any cheese you like, doesn't absolutely have to be camembert.
1st Dec, 2009
would this work with cheddar or parmesan? i dont like camembert...?


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