The cheapest, heartiest stew ever

    1 hour

    Everyone loves a good hearty stew in winter to curl up to whilst watching telly. This is by far one of the cheapest and easiest to make.


    Suffolk, England, UK
    1 person made this

    Serves: 4 

    • oil, as needed for cooking
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 100g to 200g bacon, chopped
    • 200g dried green lentils
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
    • 1L water
    • 2 vegetable stock cubes
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. In a large saucepan over a medium heat, warm a little oil then add the onions and cook and stir until soft, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the bacon and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes and potatoes followed by 1L water and crumble in the stock cubes. Allow to simmer uncovered for about 20 to 30 minutes until the lentils are tender, but not mushy.
    2. In a separate saucepan over a medium heat, melt the butter then add the flour and cook and stir until golden brown. Add a small amount of the hot liquid from the stew and whisk until smooth. Pour the roux into the stew and stir to thicken.
    3. When the stew is lovely and bubbly and all the potatoes are tender, serve and enjoy!


    A roux is a mixture of equal butter and plain flour that is mixed together to thicken a dish. I made mine ridiculously simple by melting a tablespoon of butter in the microwave and adding a tablespoon of plain flour and then mixing with a fork. When it's combined, add it a bit at a time to make sure it dissolves into the stew instead of sitting lumpy on top.

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