A stew is the perfect dish to cook when braving the cool autumnal air and there are a number of variations that you could make, here is a great recipe for a basic vegetable stew.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 250g (8oz) swede, peeled and diced
  • 600ml (1 pint) hot vegetable stock
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • 420g can butter beans, drained
  • A handful of chopped parsley

Steps to take:

  1. First, heat the olive oil in a pan and add your sliced onion, allow this to fry on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Next, add your carrots, parsnips, celery and swede to the mixture and allow to fry for another 8 minutes, so that they start to soften.
  3. After this, pour your chopped tomatoes and stock over the mixture and increase the temperature bringing it to the boil. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Finally stir in your butter beans and leave to simmer for another 5 minutes. Garnish with the chopped parsley and enjoy.

You could also add meat to this dish to make it a little different, simply cook the meat separately and add it in at the same time as step 2.

 

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