Chunky Winter Vegetable Stew

  • Chunky Winter Vegetable Stew Recipe
  • Chunky winter vegetable stew family recipe
  • Chunky winter vegetable stew family recipe
  • 10-30 minutes to prepare
  • 60+ minutes to cook
  • 2 adults and 2 babies
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make

2 onions
2 sticks of celery
1 large leek
2 cloves of garlic
½ butternut squash or other sweet seasonal squash
½ swede 
8 sage leaves (plus more for dressing at end – optional)
Large knob of butter (or dairy free alternative)
Drizzle of olive oil for cooking
1 tsp garam masala (optional)
100g green lentils
500ml hot vegetable stock (ideally homemade with no added salt, or a low salt alternative)
Brown rice to serve

Step 1

Prepare all your vegetables (this is the most labour intensive part of this dish, once you get everything in the pot, you can leave it to cook). Finely chop the onion celery and leek, and peel and crush the garlic. Peel the butternut and swede and dice into small bite size pieces (approx. 1cm). Finely shred the sage leaves

Step 2

Gently heat the butter with a drizzle of oil in a large casserole dish and add the sage leaves. Allow the sage leaves to infuse their delicious flavour into the butter for a couple of minutes over a medium to low heat, but don’t let it burn

Step 3

Add the onions, celery, leek and garam masala to the pot and sauté gently until soft. (The garam masala is optional, it adds a depth of flavour to the dish)

Step 4

Add the diced root vegetables and stir. Rinse the lentils thoroughly and add to the pot with the hot stock. Everything should be submerged (if not add a little extra stock or water)

Step 5

Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook with a lid on for 30 minutes, then without the lid for another 30 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced and become thick

Step 6

Meanwhile cook some brown rice according to pack instructions and serve together for the perfect combination. The stew can be mashed or puréed for younger babies if they prefer


  • Dairy ingredients
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Recipe notes

For something a little extra special you can sauté a few extra sage leaves in a little butter and a drizzle of oil for a few minutes until the flavour infuses the butter, then drizzle this delicious butter along with the slightly crispy sage leaves over the top of the stew. This adds an extra depth of flavour that all the family will enjoy.

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