At this time of year I love to use more root vegetables in our meals. Root vegetables make the perfect comfort food for this time of year. They are not only full of earthly flavours but are so versatile.
This dish is full of root vegetables and beans. This is a dish that you can prepare and leave in the oven to let the flavours marry together. My recipe is cooked in the oven but it can easily be adapted for cooking in a slow cooker.
This is what I did...
Vegetable and Bean Stew
1 lg red onion, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
6 carrots, quartered and sliced
3 parsnips, quartered and chopped
1 butternut squash, chopped
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes (I used Cirio chopped tomatoes)
300mls vegetable stock
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 x 400g tins of black eyed beans
1tbs tomato puree
Salt and pepper to season
1 - Pre heat the oven to 150C
2 - Place all of the vegetables in a casserole dish with a lid
3 - Pour over the chopped tomatoes and the vegetable stock
4 - Stir in the tomato puree, the fresh sprigs of rosemary and season to taste
5 - Cover with the lid and place in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 2 hours
6 - After 2 hours remove from the oven, stir, add the black eyed beans and return to the oven for a further 2 hours
This dish is delicious served alongside fresh, crusty bread.