Coming home in the cold and dark, nothing is guaranteed to lift your spirits quite like a generous portion of hot, nourishing stew. When autumn nights are drawing in, it’s the perfect comfort food, and come winter, pop on a cosy jumper and curl up on the sofa with a bowl of this good stuff, and it’ll definitely cheer you up. Here’s ten of the most delicious seasonal stews – to suit all tastes and occasions – curated from favourite foodies… Enjoy!
Persian Lamb Stew
Offset this stew’s warming kick of Iranian spices with a fresh garnish of cucumber, pomegranate and fragrant herbs. It makes for a perfect dinner party dish – serve with pita bread and pickles, or rice and a tahini-yoghurt sauce. Recipe via Olive Magazine.
Chicken and Butternut Squash Satay Curry
When Thai red curry met satay… Sprinkle over chopped peanuts and fresh coriander to finish, and make sure you’ve got some yoghurt to serve on the side. Add a little extra chilli if you like it hot! Recipe via Scrummy Lane.
Pumpkin Coconut Curry
Vegan and gluten-free, this one’s great if you fancy something a little healthier – but every bit as hearty, comforting and warming. Also a recipe to wow your dinner party guests – make this a day ahead to allow the flavours to really mellow. Recipe via Lazy Cat Kitchen.
Spanish Fish Stew
Topped with crunchy, spicy smoked almonds and made with fresh fennel and a little saffron, the layers of flavour in this fish stew are pure sunny Spain. Recipe via The Telegraph.
Quick Carrot Dal
Courtesy of Guardian food writer extraordinaire Anna Jones, this carrot dal is packed with flavours, textures and colours. It’s actually quite astounding that this recipe is so quickly put together – it’s a perfect midweek supper. Recipe here via The Guardian.
Smoky chipotle chicken one-pot
Served with chunky coriander guacamole on the side, and wedges of lime for an extra zingy finish, this slow-cooked one pot chicken dish is everything we love about Mexican cuisine. Recipe here via Sainsbury’s.
Sausage and Kale Stew
You can use any sausages for this quickly-made stew – but we really love pork & fennel ones as they marry beautifully with the earthy kale and rich tomato sauce. Recipe here viaJamie Oliver.
Beef stew & dumplings
What kind of feature would this be without a proper beef stew with dumplings? We’re not really into ‘diet’ food, but this version of the traditional stew includes loads of veggies, making it a little healthier. Recipe here via BBC Good Food.
Butter bean and chorizo stew
Hearty and warming, this chunky butter bean and chorizo stew is packed with protein – and surprisingly simple to make. Finished with thyme and a little lemon zest, it’s delicious solo – or with crusty bread to mop up that scrumptious sauce. Recipe here via Delicious Magazine.
Chickpea, Quinoa & Turmeric Curry
Packed full of spices and flavours, this slow-cooked curry proves that vegan dishes are anything but bland and boring. Recipe here via Deliciously Ella.