Hearty Vegetable & Barley Hot Pot Recipe | Abel & Cole
Hearty Vegetable & Barley Hot Pot
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 50 mins
As we inch towards spring, there's still time for one more warming, wintry hot pot that's bursting with root veg, sweet leeks, a handful of pearl barley and a touch of fragrant winter herbs. Gather round and warm your hands (and bellies) with a bowlful of this super stew.
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376 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 3 celery sticks
  • 3 carrots
  • 400g parsnips
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 50g tamari
  • 150g pearl barley
  • 1 bouquet garni
From your kitchen
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 ltr boiling water
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Peel and finely chop the onion. Trim the roots and top 3cm off the leek. Halve it and rinse out any grit. Finely slice it. Trim the dry ends off the celery sticks and finely slice them.

  • 2.

    Put a large pan over a medium-low heat. Warm for 1 min, then add 2 tbsp olive oil and the chopped veg. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, till the veg started to soften and brown.

  • 3.

    While the veg sweat, trim the carrots, peel and thickly slice them on the diagonal. Trim and peel the parsnips. Chop them into 2cm-thick chunks. Stir the carrots and parsnips into the veg with 3 tbsp water and fry for another 8 mins, stirring every now and then.

  • 4.

    While the veg fry, peel and chop the potatoes to match the parsnips. Peel and crush the garlic. Crumble the stock cube into a jug and stir in 1 ltr boiling water.

  • 5.

    Stir the potatoes and garlic into the veg. Pour in the stock. Tip in the tin of tomatoes and add the tamari. Swirl in the pearl barley and drop in the bouquet garni. Pop on a lid (use a baking tray to cover the pan if you don’t have a lid), turn up the heat and bring to the boil.

  • 6.

    When the hot pot is boiling, turn the heat down so it’s gently simmering. Simmer for 30 mins till the potatoes and pearl barley are tender. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Fish out the bouquet garni and ladle the hot pot into warm bowls to serve.

  • Tip

    Keep & Eat
    The hot pot will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Divide the stew into individual portions, cool then chill or freeze. Defrost thoroughly and make sure you reheat it so it's piping hot before eating.

  • Tip

    Extra extra
    This hearty hot pot is delicious by itself, or serve it with a chunk of crusty bread for dunking. If you'd like to add meat, try frying unsmoked lardons with the onion and leek or add shredded cooked chicken with the pearl barley (this is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken).