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Borlotti Bean and Chestnut Stew

A deliciously rich chestnut stew, flavoured with robust herbs and red wine, best made the day before, for the flavours to infuse the beans.

Serves: 4
Time to prepare: 15 mins
Time to cook: 40 mins
Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Vegan


  • 2 medium leeks, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into thick rounds
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 2 large sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml red wine
  • 300ml water
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 fresh or dried red chillies, deseeded
  • 4 tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp shoyu (soya sauce)
  • 400g tin borlotti beans or 200g cooked borlotti beans
  • 250g chestnuts, ready cooked
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large lidded saucepan and sauté the leeks until softened.
  2. Add the carrots, garlic, sage, rosemary and oregano, cook for a few minutes with the lid on.
  3. Stir in the flour, followed by the red wine, water, vegetable bouillon powder, bay leaf, chillies, tomatoes and shoyu.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the carrots are tender but still have a bite to them.
  5. Add the borlotti beans and chestnuts.
  6. Check the seasoning and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Finish with chopped parsley and a twist of freshly ground black pepper. Serve with Celeriac and Potato Mash.

Tip: The most convenient chestnuts to use are the vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts. If you use tinned chestnuts make sure they are unsweetened.

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13 December, 2018

I have made this quite a few times and it is delicious.
I think the amounts in the recipes would serve 3 people better, not 4.
I usually miss out the chillies and just add a bit of chilli powder, Also I add about half a teaspoon of Allspice. Also I use vegan worcester sauce instead of soy sauce.It freezes really well

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