Slow cooker vegetarian stew recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 4 hrs to cook
  • 383 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
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If you’re looking for a fuss-free, easy vegetarian recipe, then this slow cooker chickpea and butternut squash stew is ideal. To offset the delicate flavours of the slow cooker stew, it’s served with fresh basil, shavings of vegetarian cheese and creamy pine nuts.

  1. Put the onion, butternut squash, peppers, beans and chickpeas in the dish a slow cooker.
  2. Pour over the chopped tomatoes then sprinkle with half the basil and season well. Stir well then set the slow cooker to low and cook for 4 hours, until the vegetables are soft and tender.
  3. Serve sprinkled with the remaining basil, the toasted pine nuts, a drizzle of olive oil and shavings of hard cheese, if you like.

Tip: Cooking pulses for a long time helps to make them more digestible and gives them a lovely creaminess – in this dish, any combination of beans or pulses would also work well.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Once the cooked dish has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, defrost overnight before reheating thoroughly.

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  • Ingredients

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 360g (12 1/2oz) butternut squash, chopped into chunks
  • 250g (8oz) sweet mini peppers, seeded and halved
  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 10-12 basil leaves, shredded
  • 75g (3oz) pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • vegetarian hard cheese or Parmesan, shaved, to serve (optional)
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  • Energy 1600kj 383kcal 19%
  • Fat 21g 30%
  • Saturates 2g 10%
  • Sugars 14g 16%
  • Salt 0.7g 12%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 35.6g Protein 14.5g Fibre 9.4g


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