Hearty Winter Comfort Food.

For those of you that know our lovely Kezz from in-stores, you'll know that she loves to cook and is passionate about finding new recipes to serve up to her guests (and sometimes us at work). She recommends using our Maxwell & Williams cookware and serving ware, based on the high quality and on-trend designs.

Kezz would love for you to try one of her favourite Winter warmer recipes from 'The Cooks Companion' by Stephanie Alexander. After all, who doesn't love a hot hearty meal in the middle of Winter? What's even better is that this one will not only warm you up, but it's packed full of immune boosting veggies, and is a great affordable lunch option that won't break the bank. 



Extra virgin olive oil

20g butter

3 onions, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 carrots, diced

2 sticks celery, diced

200g pork rind, cut into 3

1 kg fresh borlotti beans, shelled to yield 2 ¾ cups

Rind from a piece of parmesan cheese

1 bay leaf 

1 cup tomato passata or 4 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped.

1.5 litres light chicken or veal stock, beef stock or water

100g cavolo nero or savoy cabbage, shredded

3 zucchini, diced

125g green beans, chopped salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

Freshly grated parmesan cheese



Heat ½ cup olive oil and butter in a stockpot until butter is foaming, then add onion and garlic. Cook gently until onion has softened. Add carrot, celery and pork rind (if using) and cook gently, turning to coast vegetables. After 5 minutes add borlotti beans, parmesan rind, bay leaf, tomato passata and stock. Cover and simmer for 1 ½ hours. Add cavolo nero, zucchini and green beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Taste for seasoning and discard cheese and pork rinds. Serve in our Maxwell & Williams soup cup, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Offer parmesan cheese at the table, and serve on our Maxwell & Williams Mezze board, paired with a delicious slice of bread. 

 All credit for recipe goes to 'The Cooks Companion' by Stephanie Alexander. No copyright intended.