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Meatball stew recipe

Meatball stew recipe

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Enjoy the soulful and hassle-free meat stew, comfort food the family will love. See method

  • Serves 6
  • Takes 4-6 hrs 30 mins
  • 323 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free


  • 500g pack meat & veg beef mince
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • 25g wholemeal bread, blitzed into crumbs
  • 1 tsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 390g tin green lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 30g pack fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped​
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, scrubbed and cut into 2cm chunks
  • 1 parsnip, scrubbed and cut into 2cm chunks
  • 300g baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 3cm chunks
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée​
  • 4 heaped tsp reduced salt beef gravy granules, made up to 500ml
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    11g 16%
  • Saturates

    4g 20%
  • Sugars

    10g 11%
  • Salt

    0.9g 16%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 31.3g Protein 20.7g Fibre 8.9g


  1. Mix the mince, egg, breadcrumbs, ketchup and half of the Worcestershire sauce, lentils and parsley in a bowl; season with black pepper and roll into 18 balls. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and fry in batches for 5 mins until golden, then spoon into a 6.5ltr slow-cooker. Add the onion to the pan and fry for 4 mins, adding the garlic for the last min. Tip into the slow-cooker.
  2. Add the carrots, parsnip, potatoes, tomato purée, gravy, and the remaining Worcestershire sauce and lentils to the slow-cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hrs until the meatballs and veg are tender. Scatter with the remaining parsley to serve.

Tip: For a stovetop and oven method, follow step 1 but add to a large-lidded casserole dish. Follow step 2, adding the ingredients to the casserole dish. Cook at gas 2, 150°C, fan 130°C for 2 hours.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

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