Hearty Vegetable Stew with Herby Dumplings

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Hearty Vegetable Stew with Herby Dumplings

Autumn is definitely the time to indulge in a vegetable stew. This one is filling, tasty and comes with dumplings!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Season: Autumn, Winter
Type: Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 666kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil organic, fairtrade
  • 2 onions organic, peeled and diced
  • 2 leeks organic, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 celery stalks organic, sliced
  • 2 carrots organic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 kg butternut squash organic, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
  • 250 g turnip organic, peeled and diced
  • 800 ml vegetable stock organic
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes organic, tinned
  • 175 g pearl barley organic, fairtrade
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley organic, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf organic
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme organic, leaves only
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash black pepper organic, fairtrade, freshly ground

Dumplings (optional)

  • 200 g self raising flour organic
  • 100 g butter organic
  • 100 g mature cheddar cheese organic, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme organic, leaves only


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/ gas mark 4
  • Heat the oil in a large pan or oven proof casserole dish. Add the onion and fry gently for 5 minutes.
  • Add the leeks and fry for 2 minutes, then stir in the celery, carrots, butternut squash and turnip and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the stock, tinned tomatoes, pearl barley, parsley, bay leaf and thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and bring to the boil then transfer to the oven in an oven proof dish for 45 minutes.
  • To make the dumplings, rub the flour and butter together to form breadcrumbs. Add the grated cheese and thyme and stir together.
  • Sprinkle over 2 tablespoons of cold water and mix it all together to form a dough. Divide the dough into small balls about the size of ping pong balls. Place them on top of the stew and cook uncovered for the last 20 - 25 minutes, until the dumplings are golden.


In a hurry or not all eating together?
This dish can be prepared in advance and re-heated.
It can be frozen for up to 6 months


Calories: 666kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 1471mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 34100IU | Vitamin C: 137mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 6.3mg

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