Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Turnip, Kale and White Beans Stew

I made this Turnip, Kale and White Bean Stew about a couple of months back , when we picked up some seasonal baby turnips from a farmers market.

To be truthful, I wasn't terribly inspired and didn't know exactly what to do with the turnips so I took the easy option and adapted a stew recipe that I make on and off where you can adapt the vegetables.  
It wasn't the most memorable meal of my life and not one I will rave about on my blog either, but it made for a change; and sometimes those recipes where you can throw the vegetables in the pot and allow it to simmer away slowly, are sometimes the most appealing.
I am sharing this recipe with Baking Queen Slow Cooked Challenge. 

Turnip, Kale and White Beans Stew
Serves 4 - 6

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely sliced
2  red chillies, pierced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1 x 400g tin of tomatoes, roughly chopped

6 baby turnips, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
3 carrots, sliced into half moons
100g curly kale, removed from stalks and roughly chopped
50g Bulgar wheat

Salt and pepper to taste
1 x 400g tin of white beans
900ml or 1 ½ pint vegetable stock
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Optional: drizzle with some good olive oil
In a wide pan, heat the olive oil and add the onions, until beginning to soften, then stir in the spices  and tomato paste and saute for a few minutes, before stirring in the chopped tinned tomato.
Cook for 15 - 20 minutes for the tomatoes to fall apart, then add in the vegetables and Bulgar wheat and pour over the hot stock. 
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer for 15 minutes for the vegetables to soften.
Stir in the beans and cook for five minutes to warm through. 
Season to taste. 
Serve sprinkled with the chopped parsley and optional drizzling of good olive oil. 


  1. I love those recipes where you can substitute depending on what you're in the mood for or what you have on hand. I don't use turnips enough, actually now that I think about it, I only have had them in a stew my husband makes sometimes. I need to start cooking with them - this stew looks perfect for that!

    1. Thanks Mary Ellen.
      OOh I'd like to know about your husbands stew.

  2. I'm always so impressed at how creative you are and how you always make food I'd like to eat. I'm a sucker for a big bowl of stew with some homemade bread on a cold day (and there have been too many of those round this way!)

  3. I will admit to not being a very big fan of turnips, but I bet I would quite enjoy them in this stew. You are always so great with making something generally unpalatable into something interesting and tasty sounding =)

    1. I am not that much of a fan either of turnips, my husband likes them so I have to cook with them now and again :)

  4. I love the sound of this warning stew packed with vegetables. It looks so full of flavour too. I don't think I've had turnips for ages so it must be time to give them a go. Thanks so much for sending this over to the Slow Cooked Challenge.

    1. Thank you Lucy, we tend to enjoy baby turnips in season when they are at there best.


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