Manchester Stew

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours


6 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
While in college, I studied abroad. At the time, I was a vegetarian and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious and diverse vegetarian food in Britain could be. After returning to the States, I re-created my favorite restaurant dish and named it after the University of Manchester. When the enticing aroma fills my kitchen, I feel as if I'm back in England! —Kimberly Hammond, Kingwood, Texas


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 medium leeks (white portions only), sliced
  • 1 cup fresh baby carrots
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook and stir until tender, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and oregano; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Add potatoes, beans, mushrooms, leeks and carrots. Stir in water, tomatoes, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender. Top with basil.

Nutrition Facts

1-2/3 cups: 221 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 8g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.