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Pumpkin & Bean Stew

For many people, a pumpkin is used as a Halloween decoration and then thrown straight into the bin the next day. This year do something different and cook it for your evening meal!

 Pumpkin is a vegetable with many health benefits as it is packed with antioxidants and vitamin A, plus it is something many children don’t eat so if you are feeding fussy eaters the novelty may well appeal!

Pumpkin & Bean Stew
  • 45 mins
  • 5 mins
  • Side
  • 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 pumpkin (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 tin of cannelini beans (drained)
  • 180g butter beans
  • 750 ml chicken stock
  • 325g sweetcorn

Method

  1. Using a large pan on the BBQ, heat the olive oil and cook the onions until soft.
  2. Stir in the cubed pumpkin and beans then pour over the chicken stock.
  3. Cover on the BBQ and cook on a low heat for about 45 minutes, until the pumpkin starts to fall apart.
  4. During the last few minutes stir in the sweetcorn, basil and chopped chilli, and serve in a bowl with grilled pitta.

 

Recommended drinks to go with your meal
Courtesy of Mr Drink 'N' Eat

The stew is rich, sweet and decadent, so choosing a beverage that will either cut through or stand up to it will be the best bet. 

If you prefer white then I would try something like new world Viognier or lightly oaked Chardonnay. Another option would be white Bordeaux if you like your wines more herbaceous, or a decent, chunky Spanish Rosado could work as well.  For Reds there are many options from all over that would, but I would lean towards bold, spicy bottles from from the Languedoc in France, Puglia in Italy or Southern Spain.

Pumpkin ale makes the most sense and there are a few seasonal ones around this time of year. Choose something rich and darker in hue, but stay away from heavily hopped US-style beers as I feel they would clash with the stew’s creaminess. If you like your beers darker you could opt for Porter, but choose one with not too high alcohol by volume.

A herbal tea, such as Rooibos, would be very nice, or something cleansing such as peppermint would taste good too.