One-pot winter warmers

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One-pot winter warmers

Winter is coming and, if we’re quite honest, we’re okay with that. The change of season means it’s time for some cosy recipes in the form of hands-off soups and stews that take care of themselves. Here’s our pick for the warming soups, stews and casseroles to add to your rotation this winter.

Oxtail stew

Name a stew more comforting. We’ll wait. When it comes to delicately braised beef, oxtail will always reign supreme. What’s even better is that this only requires 15 minutes of active cooking, before sticking it in the oven for 4 hours. Oh, and did we mention it’s also a one-pot wonder?
Oxtail-stewGet the recipe for oxtail stew here.

Curried lentil and roast sweet potato soup with paneer naan

When the weather turns, we immediately find ourselves reaching for the spice rack to warm up from the inside. This lentil soup is quick to put together and can be adapted for what you’ve got on hand. Omit the paneer if you don’t have it and serve with a generous blob of plain yoghurt instead.
Get the recipe for curried lentil and roast sweet potato soup with paneer naan here.

Slow-roasted brisket

If you’re hosting a wintry Sunday lunch, this brisket is the perfect main. You can forget about it while it cooks, and serve with fluffy mash or polenta for maximum cosiness, and replace the barley with lentils or beans if you like.
Slow-roasted brisketGet the recipe for slow-roasted brisket here.

Whole poached chicken soup

This chicken soup is made using a whole chicken and includes rice and veggies, meaning you’ve got an entire meal all in one pot.
whole-poached-chicken-soupGet the recipe for whole poached chicken soup here.

Braised chicken with shallots, apple and cider

Doesn’t the word “braise” just conjure up images of cable knit sweaters and fireplaces? This simple braised chicken is the perfect midweek winter dish, coming together in just 30 minutes.
Get the recipe for braised chicken with shallots, apple and cider here.

Jess Spiro Article by: Jess Spiro

Jess Spiro is a freelance food writer, chef and restaurant critic based in Cape Town, who can often be found in search of the next great plate of food. Follow her on Instagram @jess_spiro to see what she's eating.

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