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Vegetable Stew

My nan used to make this for me when I was little and I loved coming back from school to the smell of stew, especially in the cold, winter months.

Whenever I make this I always think of my lovely nan in her kitchen. It’s such an easy recipe and so full of goodness; you can almost feel it in every drop. The bay leaves really give a wonderful depth of flavour that you can’t get from the stock alone, so be sure not to leave them out.

Vegetable Stew

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Serves: 2-4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes to prep, 1 hour to cook

Ingredients

  • 1 litre of stock made with 2 stock cubes or equivalent (I prefer Knorr Vegetable Stock cubes in this dish)
  • 1 ½ tbsp of vegetable gravy granules (I use Bisto Vegetable Gravy Granules)
  • 2 bay leaves (dried)
  • ¾ tsp of Thyme (dried)
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt (I use sea salt)
  • ½ tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1.5 yellow onions, roughly chopped (approx. 300g)
  • 3-4 shallots, chopped into quarters (approx. 100g)
  • 6 baby leeks, sliced (approx. 100g)
  • 3 carrots, sliced around 1cm thick (approx. 250g)
  • ½ red pepper, diced (approx. 50g)
  • ¼ green pepper, diced (approx. 25g)
  • 1 cup sweet corn (I also add in the juice)
  • ¼ cup of pearl barley
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters (approx. 300g)
  • 1 cup green peas

Instructions

1

Place all of the veg in a large saucepan, except for the peas and potatoes.

2

Add the stock, pearl barley, and the rest of the dry ingredients (herbs, seasoning, gravy granules), stir and bring to the boil.

3

Simmer for 30 minutes on a low heat and stir once or twice.

4

Add the potatoes and peas and bring to the boil, simmering for another 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

5

Let this cool a little before dishing up, then serve with freshly baked bread.

Notes

This serves two people for dinner or four for lunch. I always make double batches (using two separate saucepans) and put one in the fridge to eat a couple of days later. I find that the stew always tastes better after a few days. You can freeze this but do so before you add the potatoes and peas. Once thawed you can pick up from step 4.

 

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