Vegetable stew with dumplings

Thanks to Bonnie from for this hearty stew recipe, including a clever way to make vegetarian dumplings!



For the stew:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic

  • 1/3 red chilli, chopped

  • 2 leeks, halved length ways then sliced

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 10 mushrooms, quartered

  • 700ml vegetable stock

  • 1 small handful of parsley

  • 2-3 stalks of rosemary

  • 1 tsp Italian herbs

  • 2 bayleaves

  • 1 tbsp tomato puree

  • 1 tbsp flour (mixed with a little water to form a paste)

  • 1/3 cup wild rice (optional)

  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the dumplings:

  • 100g self raising flour

  • 50g vegetarian suet (available in most supermarkets!)

  • 1 tsp Italian herbs

  • 70ml milk

  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Make the stew: Heat the olive oil in the pan and add the onions, fry until they turn transparent, then add the paprika, garlic and chilli. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the leek. Stir in the pan for another 2 minutes, before adding the carrots and mushrooms.

    Sautee for about 5 minutes, then add in the stock along with the parsley, rosemary, Italian herbs and bayleaves

    Stir so everything is combined , then add the tomato puree and flour mixture. Stir through until the sauce thickens, then add the wild rice. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 180c

  • Make the dumplings: In the meantime, combine the flour and suet in a bowl and mix, then add the Italian herbs, salt, pepper and milk.You should form a sticky dough.

  • Bake the stew: If your pan is ovenproof, keep it in the same pan, if not transfer the stew to an ovenproof dish.Gently cover with the dumplings (don’t push them in!). Place in the oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes, remove then serve!


If you can’t get your hands on suet, you can easily make the dumplings with flour, cheddar and butter. See here for the recipe!


Thanks to Bonnie for the recipe!

How long have you been cooking? I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but I first started properly in my first year of university in 2013!

Cooking style: Healthy, fresh and delicious.

Favourite cooking method: Sautéing

Favourite vegetable? That’s a hard one! Either kale or sweet potato

If you want to find out more about how Bonnie stays healthy living a busy lifestyle, read our interview with her here.

Find Bonnie at @bonniebrazilb and on