Winter vegetable stew recipe

This vegetable stew recipe is a really simple supper dish that you can throw into the slow cooker or crock pot in the morning and enjoy when you get home in the evening.

The addition of black eyed peas (or any pulses you happen to have in the cupboard) makes it tasty, nutritious and filling.

There is some preparation time to take into account, but it won't really take all that long.

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 8 hours

Total time: 8 hr 15 min 

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients for the vegetable stew recipe

  • 2 large carrot
  • 2 large parsnip
  • 1 small swede
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 medium tin black eyed peas
  • 2 pints stock
  • 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
vegetable stew recipe

The ingredients above are what I like to put in my winter vegetable stew, but don't worry if you don't have them all. You can substitute whatever you happen to have at hand. You could also add a potato or two, chopped up - they sort of mush down and thicken up the gravy which I quite like.


This will depend on what ingredients you are using, but generally you will need to peel and chop your vegetables into large chunks. I try to keep them chunky as many foods do tend to mush down once cooked.

The butternut squash will need the seeds and fibrous center removed.

Remove the outer skin of the onion and cut into quarters (or eighths if it is really large).

The leek can be cut into rings and then those rings cut into 2 or 4 depending on the size of the leek.

Cooking the vegetable stew

Add all the chopped vegetables into the crock pot and mix them about a bit.

Drain the tin of black eyed peas (or beans as some people call them), and then tip them into the crock pot, on top of the vegetables. Add the herbs.

If you are using homemade stock, pour that in, or boil a kettle and make stock from a cube. If you want the dish to be vegetarian use a vegetable stock, otherwise you can use a chicken stock.

Pop the lid on the crock pot and set it to high. Leave for around 6-8 hours. Check occasionally to make sure there is still enough liquid in your vegetable stew.

Serve this vegetable stew recipe with crusty bread, and enjoy. Now that wasn't difficult was it?

vegetable stew

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