Vegetable stew recipe

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A vegetable stew recipe that is quick, cheap and easy to make and is an absolute family favourite. Speeded up by swapping haricot beans for canned butter beans, this meal is a winner

Vegetable stew recipe
  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Nut-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories172 Kcal9%
Fat5 g7%
Saturated Fat0.5 g3%

A vegetable stew recipe that is quick, cheap and easy to make.

This hearty, family-sized vegetable stew can be on the table in just 40 mins. Serving four people, a portion of this delicious stew works out at only 172 calories per serving – so it's a diet-friendly and filling dinner option. We love it served with creamy mashed potato, homemade dumplings or warm buttered bread but it's chunky enough to eat on its own, too. Make it on a Monday night to use up leftover veg from your Sunday roast.


  • 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




  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and fry slowly for 5 mins. Add the other vegetables, cover and fry over a medium heat for 5 minutes, so they start to soften.
  2. Pour in the stock and canned tomatoes, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the beans and cook for another 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Sprinkle the vegetable stew with chopped parsley to serve.

Top tip for making vegetable stew

If you have leftovers but love variety, you can blitz this stew in a food processor and turn it into a soup.

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