16 March 2017

Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew (vegan crockpot recipe)


Yes, I've had my slow cooker bubbling away again.

This time I made a tomato based veggie sausage, mushrooms and chickpea stew. A wonderfully comforting dish that was easy to throw together.

I don't know what happened, it must have been the sunshine streaming in that made me feel full of energy and ready to think about making dinner first thing in the morning. I don't usually have a thought about it until much later in the day.

In fact Graham and I have a little dance each night. After work the first thing he asks me, either as he arrives home (on my day off) or on the way home in the car (if I've been at work) is "What's for dinner?". It drives me nuts. Often because I've already discussed it with him and he hasn't been paying attention or just because I haven't decided yet. Recently I've taken to saying "I'm not telling you!". I know it's childish, but I just can't resist and it's so funny as it makes him even more desperate to know.

Graham arrived home after lunch on Saturday and I probably still refused to tell him what dinner was, even though it was bubbling away in plain sight through the clear lid of the slow cooker. It's definitely a bit of a game now.

Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew





I know that usually you just pile all the ingredients into a slow cooker with little preparation, but I decided to pre-cook the sausages and mushrooms. I fried the sausages and mushrooms in a little oil until the sausages were brown and crisp and the mushrooms were soft. Only then did I add them and the other ingredients to the slow cooker. I may not have needed this step, but it seemed the right way to go.

The stew was rich with a tomato flavour and lots of texture from the sausages, mushrooms and chickpeas. I served it with mashed potatoes and peas, but I also had a piece of bread to mop up the tasty sauce left on my plate. It had to be done!






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Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew
A tomato based stew with a rich sauce, thick with mushrooms, sausages and chickpeas. This is a slow cooker (or crockpot) recipe, but it could be made on the hob too, it would just require more stock. Suitable for a vegan diet or dairy free diet.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g mushrooms, peeled and quartered
  • 8 veggie sausages
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 250g/1 cup vegetable stock (1 cube)
  • a splosh of red wine
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
Instructions

1. Fry the mushrooms and sausages in a little oil until the sausages are brown and crisp and the mushrooms are soft.
2. Chop the sausages and add them and the other ingredients to the slow cooker.
3. Set the slow cooker to low (75-80 degrees for 5 hours) or cook in a casserole on the hob for 45 minutes - 1 hour. If you are cooking on the hob, saute the onion and garlic until soft before adding the other ingredients and add more stock.
4. Check the casserole near the end of cooking to see if it needs longer.
5. Serve with mashed potatoes and peas or just some crusty bread.
6. Enjoy!

Details
Total prep time:
Total cooking time: 5 hours

Yield: serves 4-5





If you like this recipe, why not try my Slow Cooker Potato and Haricot Bean Casserole.


26 comments:

  1. My husband drives me crazy when he doesn't listen either haha. Although I promised myself I would use my crockpot this winter, I have yet to bust it out. Your stew looks delicious though so I should totally make this recipe in it! It's been so icy and cold here, it would be perfect. :)

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    1. Well it's good to know they are all the same. Yes, I saw the bad weather you are having

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  2. This veggie sausage stew looks so good, it's making me super hungry. So funny that you don't tell your husband whats for dinner! It's always a hot topic in my house too!

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    1. Thanks and yes they are all the same :)

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  3. That stew has me desperate for a big plateful with the mash and peas. Oh so comforting and oh so delicious. Does Graham never do any cooking?

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    1. No, I am afraid not. He can heat up veggie sausages or sausage rolls in the oven, but that's about the extent of his skill I am afraid. Cooper is much better in the kitchen. Bless them.

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  4. Yummed, flipped, stumbled and pinned BTW :)

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  5. Yum - I do love a good slow cooker stew! I think this would be amazing with some garlic bread on the side ;)

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  6. This looks great, really warming. Love using the slow cooker for a big plate of something delicious when you get home!

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  7. Ah, I've been looking for vegetarian one pot meals and this looks fantastic!

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  8. What is with certain men and not listening?! My husband is the same, I tell him something three times, he doesn't listen, and when I say, "I told you....," he gets mad at me! Lol! I love that you've turned it into a game, and that stew looks incredible.

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    1. Haha yes, it is familiar isn't it? Oh well, they are good in other ways!

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  9. This looks super yummy and so satisfying. I love that you've put veggie sossies in too - I love them in casseroles!

    I really like the fork and napkin in your pics, they're beautiful. Are they flea market finds, or have they been in your family for ages?

    K never asks me what's for dinner! Instead, he whiffles around the kitchen when I'm cooking, sniffs, looks, and then sidles up to me, and says, all innocent-like,

    "Oooh, is that dinner, by any chance?"

    Almost every evening! Ha ha!

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    1. The napkin was from an antiques shop and the fork from a scrapyard. The only thing passed down to me was a shortbread mould from my gran.

      Hehe they are all the same. So hopeful!

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  10. Slow cooker make the magic in Recipes! Looks delicious:) I liked all the ingredients in it.

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  11. that looks so good. I really haven't had the slow-cooker out much this year and now the days are getting warmer I haven't thought about it at all but this dish is making me change my mind... and so perfect for those busy days!

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    1. It's still chilly here. I am really feeling it tonight. It was lovely and bright here today, but the wind was cold.

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  12. Yes, it's still cold over here and yes a proper stew would be exactly what I'd like to have for lunch right now. Your veggie sizzler mushroom stew looks excellent, Jac!

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    1. Cold here tonight Hauke, so yes slow cooker stews all the way.

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  13. Its technically spring here but still a lot chilly. This would be a good dinner option for some time this week. Love all the flavors in it.

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    1. I know, the wind is so chilly although I am grateful for bright sunny days. The stew was fab.

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