A One Pot Summer

by Jemma on April 11, 2011

in Recipes

In the winter there is nothing nicer than a steaming hot stew or casserole that has been cooking away for a few hours.  In the cold months I turn to one pot meals as a source of a nutritious and easy meal.

The reasons I love one pot stews:

  • quick and easy to prepare
  • simple
  • you can leave them for ages to cook
  • the comfort they bring
  • the anything goes approach- you can throw anything in and in and they still taste great
  • the endless possibilities- an easy way to experiment with different flavours
  • they work great with meat, fish and vegetables

In the summer months I prefer something much lighter like a fresh salad or maybe a stir fry, however I still do have the odd craving for a one pot meal.  So yesterday I thought I would have a go at making a lighter one pot stew for the warmer months.

*Squash, Bean and Tomato Stew*


  • 1 large leak diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves of grated garlic
  • 2 cups of precooked squash (I used Buffy squash)
  • 200g of red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms
  • 5 large tomatoes deseeded (or use tinned)
  • 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsps of tomato puree
  • 2 tsps or more of dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp of sweetener (optional)
  • seasonings

Dice the onion and allow it to sweat on a low heat in a pan with oil. Once softened stir in the grated garlic and cook until aromatic.  Add the leek and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.  Next add the tomatoes and stock, allowing the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir in the tomato puree, mixed herbs and add the sweetener if desired.  The sweetener takes away the tinny flavour that some tinned tomatoes have.  The squash and kidney beans are already cooked so can be stirred in the end just to warm through.  Season to taste.

I’ve been scouring the web to find other light and delicious one pot dishes that you may like to try…







So there’s my collection of favourite summery stews-I hope you all enjoy them!

Do you like one pot meals?  What are your favourite recipes?

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DEFINITELY they are so easy! the only thing i hate about them is all the chopping!



I love making one pot meals especially chili since it lasts forever and has a small amount of calories for the amount. Love how perfect the rice came out ;D So professional!



I love a one pot meal! That bean one looks yummy!


Kristina @ life as Kristina

Love love love….bookmark crazy over here!



Aww, thanks do much for posting up my recipe! It is a lovely one. I also have a gorgeous recipe for summer bean stew which you have just reminded me I have to make again!


Ma Ma Megan

I love stews! These look delicious!
Especially the Tuscan White Bean stew :)


Flo (Coconut Chronicles)

I love one pot meals! I made a chilli the other day, and despite being delicious, it was a little heavy for the weather :-( I am totally down for trying some of these lighter recipes! Yours looks delicious!


This Italian Family

Yum! I also love them because they mean less clean up! ;)



That stew looks absolutely amazing! One pot meals are perfect, especially when you don’t have an oven… oh Asian living! I would also kill for some of that broccoli (I call it rapini) maybe its the whole courgette/zuccini thing?



It took me a few seconds to realise that you weren’t taking pictures of a restaurant meal at first – kudos : )



I practically live off one pot meals! My favourite is vegetable and butter bean stew or veg and chestnut. I love hot food all the year round, luckily in the UK it doesn’t often get too hot for a stew. I eat salad in ther winter too, just accompanied by a warm cup of tea!


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