200g baby carrots , scrubbed, trimmed and halved if large
3 leeks , cut into thick slices
3 garlic cloves , crushed
3 tbsp plain flour
400ml vegetable stock
2 courgettes , cut into large chunks
2 x 400g cans butter or cannellini beans , drained and rinsed
1 bay leaf
4 thyme , rosemary or tarragon sprigs
200ml crème fraîche
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
200g broad beans or peas
½ small bunch of parsley , finely chopped, plus extra to serve
For the dumplings
100g self-raising flour
50g vegetarian suet or cold butter, grated
100g mature cheddar
½ small bunch of parsley , finely chopped
STEP 1 Set the Slow cooker to low. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry the carrots for 5 mins until just golden, then tip into the slow cooker.
STEP 2 Heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the leeks with a pinch of salt for 5 mins until soft. Add the garlic and stir in the flour. Gradually add the stock, stirring, until the flour has dissolved and there are no lumps. Bring to the boil, then tip into the slow cooker. Add the courgettes, beans and herbs, topping up with water to cover the veg, if needed. Cover and cook for 4 hrs.
STEP 3 To make the dumplings, tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the suet or butter until evenly distributed. Add the cheese, parsley, ½ tsp cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt. Mix in 3-4 tbsp cold water with your hands to make a soft, slightly sticky dough (add a little more water if needed). Divide into six and roll into balls.
STEP 4 Add the crème fraîche, mustard, broad beans or peas and spinach to the slow cooker and turn it to high. Arrange the dumplings over the stew, cover and cook for 1-2 hrs more until firm and doubled in size. Scatter with parsley and serve. Will keep for up to three days in the fridge or in the freezer for up to three months.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings, and let us save information about your actions on the site so you can use it normally, for example - what's in your basket.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.
This website uses Google Analytics and Facebook Marketing cookies to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, and the most popular pages.
Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!