What’s Cookin? Tuesdays Are Stews Days 11/20: Winter Warming Vegetable Stew

Why Stews Days on Tuesdays? No reason, other than because it rhymes. Every Tuesday, look for a new stew recipe. Same place, same time.

What is it about a hearty stew that makes you feel better, especially on a cold day? For me, it’s a comfort food memory from when I was little. What about for you?

Oh, and enjoy!


  • 1 onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 250g (10oz) mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 leeks, washed, trimmed and cut into 2 cm lengths
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and cubed into 1.5cm cubes
  • 2 sticks celery, washed, thinly sliced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed into 1.5cm cubes
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 large or 2 small turnips, peeled and cubed into 1.5cm cubes
  • 1 420g (15oz) tin adzuki beans
  • 1 420g (15oz) tin baked beans
  • 3 good quality vegetable stock cubes
  • 2 x 5ml spoon (teaspoon) dried cumin
  • 2 x 5ml spoon (teaspoon) dried coriander
  • dash of worcestershire sauce
  • small bag of rocket or spinach
  • salt and pepper to season


  1. Pour olive oil into a very large pan, put on a gentle heat
  2. Add the onions and fry gently until soft, then add the garlic and fry for a further minute
  3. Sprinkle over the cumin and coriander and stir well, fry for another minute
  4. Stir in the mushrooms, leeks, carrots, parsnip, celery, potatoes, butternut squash and turnips to coat them with the onion mixture
  5. Pour some boiling water over the stock cubes and stir until dissolved.  Pour this mixture in to the pan, top up with enough boiling water to just cover the vegetables
  6. Add the aduzki beans and a dash of worcestershire sauce
  7. Season with salt and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper
  8. Leave to cook on a low heat for approx 40 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked – you can test this by carefully removing a piece of potato and eating it to see if it is soft
  9. Stir in the tin of baked beans and the rocket or spinach and leave on the heat for a further 2 minutes
  10. Serve in bowls with crusty wholemeal bread

Source: CookIt

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