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Warming winter stews and casseroles

by Marina Hopkins

published on 11 January 2019

At this time of year, a warming stew or casserole is pretty much the only thing we feel like coming home to at the end of a long day. Here we've listed our favourites that are getting us through the winter – you'll find everything from Jamie's traditional Beef and Guinness Stew, to Nadiya's Chicken and Grapefruit Stew with Couscous to brighten up your evening.  Plus, typically made in just one pot and then left to work its magic on the stove, it's also the ultimate choice for some laid-back cooking.

The classic combination of Puy lentils and sausage in Lindsey Bareham's Sausage and Lentil Stew from One Pot Wonders is the perfect winter dish. It's a real crowd-pleaser and easy to prepare, making it a great one for hassle-free family dinners, so gather all your favourite people around the table and tuck in. 

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Lindsey Bareham

A rich and hearty Venison, Cider and Quince Stew with Herbed Butter Dumplings from The Ethicurean Cookbook is guaranteed to warm you from head to toe, with its comforting butter dumplings to satisfy those inevitable winter carb cravings.  

Dean Edwards' traditional recipe for this Lamb Hotpot from his cookbook Mincespiration is a guaranteed family favourite, with the rich lamb meat and hearty winter veggies topped with a delicious layer of finely sliced Maris Piper potatoes

If you like a spicy kick to your casserole, Gizzi Erskine’s Jamaican Brown Chicken Stew from My Kitchen Table: 100 Foolproof Suppers will be right up your street. With a gorgeous blend of spices, tender chicken that falls off the bone, and comforting coconut rice to go with it, this substantial stew is the perfect accompaniment to a cosy night in. 

For something classically Spanish, look no further than Nieves Barragán Mohacho's Potato and Chorizo Stew (Patatas a la Riojana), from her cookbook, Sabor. Not only is it bursting with flavour, it's pretty easy on the eye when plated and garnished with a handful of bright, fresh parsley.

For a satisfying stew that has a lovely fresh flavour, take a look at Nadiya Hussain's Grapefruit Chicken Stew with Couscous from Nadiya's Family FavouritesThe recipe is simple and easy to follow, and is perfect if you're after a lighter take on a traditional dish. 

If we can rely on anyone to come up with a comforting, traditional, easy-to-follow recipe, it's Mary Berry. Her crowd-pleasing Irish Stew from her much-loved Classic cookbook, made with succulent lamb topped with perfectly crispy potato slices, is a great one for getting the whole family around the table. Luckily there's lots to go round (which will come in handy when you have everyone asking for seconds). 

For a vegetarian option, Nick Knowles' Winter Veggie Stew with Wholesome Lumpy Dumplings from Proper Healthy Food is the ultimate veggie winter warmer, and is proof that a stew doesn't need meat to be deliciously hearty. 

Rosemary Shrager's Merguez Sausage, Chorizo and Butter Bean Cassoulet from Rosemary Shrager's Cookery Course is rich with the warming North African flavours of merguez sausage and the deliciously smoky chorizo, with creamy butter beans adding a lovely satisfying texture. 

Raymond Blanc’s Coq au Vin recipe from his cookbook Simple French Cookery is a timeless French classic and a dinner party favourite, with the full-bodied flavours of red wine making it a real winter warmer. 

Looking for something soothing but still fresh and light? Melissa Hemsley’s Spanish Chickpea Almond Stew from Eat Happy: 30-Minute Feelgood Food hits all the right notes when it comes to a nourishing winter warmer. Opt for vegetable stock instead of bone broth and this makes a quick and hassle-free vegetarian dish for a dinner party.  

This Beef and Guiness Stew with English Mustard and Pearl Barley from Jamie Oliver's Super Food Family Favourites is the ultimate winter one-pot dish. Jamie suggests using skirt steak, a leaner cut of beef, which along with the fresh seasonal veggies makes this hearty stew particularly nutritious. 

Seafood may seem summery, but this Italian Fish Stew with Pancetta and Garlic from The Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook is a wonderfully restorative, flavourful recipe that is particularly comforting on a chilly winter evening when the Mediterranean feels far away.

Harry Eastwood's take on the French classic Boef Bourgignon from The Skinny French Kitchen is a lighter version of the traditionally heavy stew, but without comprimising on any of the deep, satisfying flavours that define this family favourite dish.  


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