Slow cooker vegetarian hotpot

Slow cooker vegetarian hotpot

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For the hotpot

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 small butternut squash (approximately 800g/1lb 12oz), scrubbed, deseeded and chopped into chunks
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • ½ tsp dried chili flakes (optional)
  • 3 tbsp pesto (optional)
  • 350ml/12fl oz hot vegetable stock (made with 1 stock cube)
  • 100g/3½oz young spinach leaves (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dumplings

  • 200g/7oz self-raising flour
  • 75g/2¾oz frozen butter (or 75g/2¾oz shredded vegetarian suet)
  • 125ml/4fl oz cold water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large, frying pan over medium heat.

  2. Add the vegetables and fry for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker, sprinkle over the flour and stir well. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, chili flakes, and pesto, if using, and stir again.

  4. Pour over the stock and stir.

    1. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

  5. After the hotpot has been cooking for 3½ hours, make the dumplings.

  6. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  7. Coarsely grate one-quarter of the frozen butter into the flour. Toss the mixture to coat the butter lightly in the flour.

  8. Add the remaining butter in three more batches, grating and tossing it in the same way. This should prevent the dumpling dough from clumping and yield light.

  9. Stir in enough cold water to bring the mixture together as a soft, squidgy dough.

  10. Divide into 12 equally sized pieces and roll each into a ball.

  11. Remove the lid from the slow cooker, stir in the spinach until wilted, then arrange the dumplings gently on top.

  12. Replace the lid and continue to cook on high for a further 30 minutes, or until the dumplings are puffed up and fluffy.

  13. Spoon the hotpot onto serving plates with the dumplings on top.

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