Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings

  • 25MINS
  • 3HR 40MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 363KCAL

Hearty and homely, this meat-free stew is perfect when you’re craving a big bowl of warming comfort food. We’ve slow cooked all our veggies in a rich, creamy sauce and topped the whole thing with unmissable fluffy, cheesy dumplings.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories363
  • Carbs46g
  • Protein17g
  • Fat10g
  • Saturates4g
  • Sugars13g

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You can never go wrong with a home-cooked stew, and this one makes good use of your slow cooker. When you think about slow cooking, you probably associate it with meat-based dishes, but this Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings proves that you don’t need meat to create a warming, filling bowl of food. There’s nothing to say you can’t add in some cooked meat if you prefer (cooked bacon or ham would work well), just add it in Step 5 and don’t forget to adjust the calories. 

We’ve loaded this recipe up with all our favourite veggies – onions, leeks, butternut squash, carrots and mushrooms, as well as throwing in some cannellini beans to pack in extra protein. The herby, savoury sauce is thickened with reduced-fat cream cheese right before serving, turning it into a silky, rich gravy; you’ll want to mop up every last drop!

Making your own dumplings is so much easier than you might think, and you can cook them in your slow cooker along with the stew. If you want to give them a golden, crunchy topping, we’d recommend popping them under the grill right before you dish up. 

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What diets is this Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings suitable for?

You can make this Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings recipe suitable for vegetarians as long as you switch the Parmesan cheese for a vegetarian hard cheese.

As always, take extra care when cooking for people with allergies and be sure to use different utensils, cookware and preparation areas.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings?

Nope! You don’t need any special ingredients to make this recipe. You will need a slow cooker with at least a 3.5 litre capacity to cook this dish. We wouldn’t recommend attempting the recipe in a slow cooker any smaller than this. 

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This 3.5 litre slow cooker is perfect for making this recipe, along with so many other soups, stews and casseroles. 

You’ll also need a large frying pan. This one from Amazon is nice and durable and will come in handy time and time again. 

How many calories are in this Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings?

There are 363 calories per portion in this Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion, leek and garlic and cook for 6-8 minutes until softening and golden, then transfer to the slow cooker.

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Step 2

Add the butternut squash, carrots, mushrooms and cannellini beans to the slow cooker. Add the stock, mustard powder, bay leaves and thyme, and stir to combine. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 2½- 3 hours, until the butternut squash and carrots are tender. Some butternut squash chunks will break up to thicken the stew.

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Step 3

While the stew is cooking, make the dumplings. Sift the flour and baking powder into a small bowl. Add the egg yolks and mix slightly with a fork. Using your fingertips, rub in the egg yolks until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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Step 4

Add the Parmesan, parsley, mustard powder, garlic granules and season with salt and black pepper. Stir well. Add 3-4 tbsp of cold water, a little at a time, and stir with a round bladed knife, until it comes together to form a dough. You will need a firm dough that’s not too wet, so the amount of water you will need will depend on the size of the egg yolks. Shape into four equally sized dumplings and set aside in the fridge for later.

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Step 5

When the stew has been cooking for 2½- 3 hours, and the vegetables are tender, remove the bay leaves and discard. Stir in the spinach leaves for a minute or two until just wilted.

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Step 6

Put the dumplings on top of the stew and replace the lid. Continue to cook on high for a further 40 minutes, or until the dumplings have puffed up and are cooked through.

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Step 7

Remove the dumplings from the stew and set aside on a plate. Add the cream cheese to the stew and stir in until evenly blended. Taste and season well with salt and black pepper if needed.

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Step 8

Put the cooked dumplings back on top of the stew, sprinkle with a little chopped curly parsley (optional) and serve at once. If you would like the dumplings to be golden, transfer the stew and dumplings to an ovenproof dish and place under a preheated grill for a few minutes. Remove from under the grill and sprinkle with chopped curly parsley if using.

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What could I serve with this Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings?

We like to serve this dish with a simple side of steamed vegetables. 80g of steamed green veggies will add an additional 38 calories, taking the total to 401 per serving. You could also serve this with any of the following side dishes:

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How do you know when Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings is cooked?

You should cook this Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings until the vegetables are tender. This will take around 2.5-3 hours. You should then add the dumplings and cook them for 40 minutes until they have puffed up and are cooked all the way through. You can then transfer them to an ovenproof dish and place them under the grill if you want them to be more golden in appearance. 

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings in the fridge?

Once you’ve served this recipe, you’ll ideally need to eat it within 4 hours.

You can store any leftover Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure that you allow it to cool completely before putting leftovers in a container with a lid and chilling in the refrigerator. 

Can I freeze Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings?

YES you can freeze this recipe! If you do, please remember to do the following:

  • Allow it to cool and then freeze as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Place in a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Add a label with the recipe name and the date you added it to the freezer.

How do I reheat Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat from chilled. 

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Dumplings

Hearty and homely, this meat-free stew is perfect when you’re craving a big bowl of warming comfort food. We’ve slow cooked all our veggies in a rich, creamy sauce and topped the whole thing with unmissable fluffy, cheesy dumplings.
  • Prep Time
    25 MINS
  • Cook Time
    3 HR 40
  • KCals 363
  • Carbs 46G

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large leek, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 350 g butternut squash, peeled, seeds and membrane removed, cut into 2cm chunks
  • 200 g carrots, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks
  • 250 g white mushrooms, halved
  • 400 g tin cannellini beans in water, rinsed and drained
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes, made up with 350ml boiling water
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, stalks removed and chopped
  • 40 g baby spinach leaves
  • 75 g reduced-fat cream cheese

For the dumplings

  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp curly parsley, stalks removed and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp garlic granules
  • 3-4 tbsp cold water
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • low-calorie cooking spray
  • a little chopped curly parsley, to garnish (optional)

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3.5 litre slow cooker

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Instructions

  1. Spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion, leek and garlic and cook for 6-8 minutes until softening and golden, then transfer to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the butternut squash, carrots, mushrooms and cannellini beans to the slow cooker. Add the stock, mustard powder, bay leaves and thyme, and stir to combine. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 2½- 3 hours, until the butternut squash and carrots are tender. Some butternut squash chunks will break up to thicken the stew.
  3. While the stew is cooking, make the dumplings. Sift the flour and baking powder into a small bowl. Add the egg yolks and mix slightly with a fork. Using your fingertips, rub in the egg yolks until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the Parmesan, parsley, mustard powder, garlic granules and season with salt and black pepper. Stir well. Add 3-4 tbsp of cold water, a little at a time, and stir with a round bladed knife, until it comes together to form a dough. You will need a firm dough that's not too wet, so the amount of water you will need will depend on the size of the egg yolks. Shape into four equally sized dumplings and set aside in the fridge for later.
  5. When the stew has been cooking for 2½- 3 hours, and the vegetables are tender, remove the bay leaves and discard. Stir in the spinach leaves for a minute or two until just wilted.
  6. Put the dumplings on top of the stew and replace the lid. Continue to cook on high for a further 40 minutes, or until the dumplings have puffed up and are cooked through.
  7. Remove the dumplings from the stew and set aside on a plate. Add the cream cheese to the stew and stir in until evenly blended. Taste and season well with salt and black pepper if needed.
  8. Put the cooked dumplings back on top of the stew, sprinkle with a little chopped curly parsley (optional) and serve at once. If you would like the dumplings to be golden, transfer the stew and dumplings to an ovenproof dish and place under a preheated grill for a few minutes. Remove from under the grill and sprinkle with chopped curly parsley if using.

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Recipe notes

Tip: If you would like to make this dish a little more cheesy, you can sprinkle finely grated Cheddar cheese over the dumplings and place them under the grill until melted and golden. Using 10g reduced fat Cheddar cheese per portion, will add an additional 31 calories.
Tip: If you like you can add a little cooked, diced meat to this recipe. Cooked bacon or ham would work well with the flavours in this dish. If adding cooked meat, stir into the stew with the spinach in step 5 and then proceed with the remaining steps.

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HannahSunday 15th January 2023

Can the dumplings be made with Cheddar instead of Parmesan cheese?

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    SharonTuesday 24th January 2023

    Hi Hannah, we haven’t tested the dumplings with Cheddar cheese so can’t guarantee the result but it should would work well. We would recommend using a mature Cheddar with plenty of flavour. Hope this helps!

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ClaireThursday 5th January 2023

What is the calorie part of the dumplings. I’m interested in making the stew, but don’t like dumplings

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    HollyMonday 9th January 2023

    Hi Claire, if you would like to make any changes to the recipe we have a handy guide HERE which talks through how to work out your own calorie information. Hope that helps!

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