Veggie and bean stew with cheddar cheese dumplings

Bean and Vegetable Hotpot with Cheese Dumplings Recipe

45 Minutes
Serves: 2

A simple stew made with cauliflower, green beans, courgettes, tomatoes, peas and cannellini beans flavoured with french herbs and topped with cheddar cheese dumplings. Serve the veggie stew with crispy jacket potatoes

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tin tinned cannellini beans
  • 0.5 head cauliflower
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 tsp herb de provence
  • 55 grams green beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onions
  • 75 grams frozen peas
  • salt (to taste)
  • 0.5 stock cube veg
  • 1 tin tinned tomatoes
  • 500 ml water (boiling)
  • 1 tsp yeast extract


  • 55 grams butter
  • 25 grams cheddar cheese
  • 25 grams whole oats
  • 70 grams self raising flour


  • 2 baking potatoes
  • 10 grams butter

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • wash the vegetables
  • cut the cauliflower into florets
  • trim the green beans
  • wash the courgettes chop into chip shapes

Step 2

  • heat the frying pan with a little oil
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 5 minutes

Step 3

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add the garlic to the frying pan
  • add the cauliflower
  • cook for 5 minutes

Step 4

  • add the courgettes to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins
  • add the herb de provence and the green beans to the frying pan
  • cook for 2 minutes

Step 5

  • Drain and rinse the cannellini beans
  • add to the frying pan
  • add the peas
  • cook for 2 minutes

Step 6

  • set the oven to 190C 375F or gas mark 5
  • add the tinned tomatoes to the frying pan
  • add the stock cube to boiling water
  • add the stock to the frying pan

Step 7

  • add the yeast extract to the frying pan
  • season with salt and pepper
  • add the contents of the frying pan to the casserole dish
  • place in the oven
  • cook for 10 mins

Step 8

  • wash the potatoes
  • cook in the microwave for 4 mins
  • place in the oven with the stew

Step 9

  • grate the cheese
  • rub the butter into the flour till it forms breadcrumbs and then mix in the grated cheese
  • take a tablespoon of mixture and shape into dumplings
  • coat in the rolled oats
  • add the dumplings to the stew

Step 10

  • place in the oven
  • cook for 10 mins to 15 mins

Step 11

  • remove the stew and jacket potatoes from the oven
  • place the stew on the plate with 2 dumplings

Step 12

  • cut a cross on the top of the jacket and squeeze the potato to open it up
  • add some butter
  • add the jacket potato to the serving dish

step 13

  • if cooking extra for the freezer store the extra stew in a freezable container allow to cool and then place in freezer

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 bowl
  • 1 casserole dish
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 1 jug
  • 1 large frying pan
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 sieve

How to make bean and vegetable hotpot with cheddar cheese dumplings

Prepare all the vegetables by wash them, cut the cauliflower into florets, trim the green beans, cut the courgettes into chip. Lightly fry the onions and garlic till soft, add the cauliflower, cook for 5 mins then add the courgette chips and green beans, then add the drained cannellini beans, french herbs, yeast extract, tomatoes and veggie stock. Season with salt and pepper and then transfer to a casserole dish and cook in the oven for 10 minutes. While the stew is cooking make the cheese dumplings, rub together the flour and butter add the grated cheese and form into dumplings. Remove the dish from the oven and place the cheese dumplings on top, place back in the oven and cook for about 15 minutes until the dumplings are cooked and golden brown. 

What makes our bean and vegetable casserole the best

This mouth watering stew is the perfect marriage of crunchy veggies with a strong savoury or umami flavour by using a little yeast extract, but what makes this meal special is the delicious scone like cheese dumplings which go perfectly with the dish

Bean and veggie stew dinner ideas

This is a warm and hearty recipe and the ideal winter comfort food, unlike most comfort food it's actually really good for you, it is packed full of vitamins and minerals, it is one of the healthiest stews you can eat. If you are on a healthy eating campaign omit the cheese dumplings, but we think they are worth the extra calories. 

This recipe is ideal for late autumn or winter dinner, it can be served on its own for dinner as the delicious dumplings provide the perfect meal in one. If you want to add a side we recommend potatoes or bread

  • Oven baked crispy jacket potatoes
  • mashed potatoes or potato cakes
  • crusty bread or cornbread. 

Freezing our bean and vegetable stew with dumplings

This dish is ideal for freezing, cook the stew and leave to cool in a freezer container ,make the dumpling, and place on top and freeze.

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