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Recipe – Simple, Hearty Stew

This recipe is one of my autumn/winter staples and is a great base to then add different meats and vegetables to for variety.

This meal is also very economical, with most supermarkets selling stew packs for less than 50p, which can stretch to a meal for 4 people when bulked up with a few extra potatoes.

If you are not keen on stew, you can follow this recipe and then blitz it with a hand blender to make a lovely winter vegetable soup.


1 stew pack, which usually contains 1-2 onions, a small swede, 3-4 carrots, 2-3 parsnips

2-3 potatoes

Salt and pepper

A pinch of dried mixed herbs

Enough stock to cover the vegetables once in the pan (2-3 stock cubes are usually enough for me)

A dash of Worcestershire sauce to serve (optional)

How to make it

  • Begin by peeling and chopping the vegetables so they are roughly the same size
  • Sweat off the onions in a large casserole dish for a few minutes then add the other vegetables and stir for another 5 minutes
  • Add the salt, pepper and mixed herbs, then cover the vegetables in stock and simmer for around 30 minutes until the vegetables are cooked
  • Serve with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, or my own personal favourite which is a few slices of picked red cabbage or beetroot

About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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