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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9th Feb, 2020
Added vegetarian sausages and family all loved it (even fussy 5 year old ate without too much protest).
lulu_grimes's picture
17th Dec, 2019
I've just posted this as an answer to a question, it's extra information to add to the nutrition above. Thank you for your enquiry. Yes this recipe which serves 4 contributes 3 of your 5 a day per serving.
1st Oct, 2019
I've just rediscovered this recipe and I'm bringing it back into my main repertoire! I use a 400g tin of butter beans and a 400g tin of cannellini beans (both drained obviously) and I also use a bay leaf to add a bit of extra herby flavour. Other than that I stick to the recipe. The cider is essential in my opinion, giving the sauce a delicious fruity flavour. Delicious, nutritious and economical.
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14th Aug, 2018
Loved this! Made it exactly as written and it came out great. Don't skip the cider, gives it a lovely flavour.
20th Oct, 2017
This is a pretty tasty vegetarian dish. It is reasonably quick and easy. I've never managed to find flageolet beans anywhere, so I use cannellini beans.
26th Jun, 2017
Lovely dish, I agree it needs to mash with flavour to balance the dish but easy and quick to make
20th Oct, 2016
* the below made 3 portions
20th Oct, 2016
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.
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.
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29th Apr, 2015
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.


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Charlotte Deverell
24th Dec, 2019
Hi, I made this for my Mum and she really liked it but I made waaaay too much. Would this recipe freeze?
lulu_grimes's picture
30th Dec, 2019
Hello, Yes it's fine to freeze, I'm glad she liked it! Lulu
15th Dec, 2019
Does this recipe contain any of your five a day?
lulu_grimes's picture
17th Dec, 2019
Thank you for your enquiry. Yes this recipe which serves 4 contributes 3 of your 5 a day per serving.
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