55g/2oz butter
1 small onion/finely chopped
450g/1lb tomatoes,Corley chopped
1 bay leaf
3tbsp plain flour
600ml/1pint milk
Salt and pepper
Sprigs of fresh basil, to garnish

Melt half the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-6mins until softened.
Add the tomatoes and bay leaf and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins, or until pulpy.

Melt remaining in another saucepan while you wait, add the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat, gradually stir in the milk. Return to heat, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, stir constantly until smooth and thickened.

Remove your pulpy tomatoes from the heat, discard the bay leaf and pour rest into the blender or food processor, process until smooth then push through a sieve into a saucepan. Bring to the boil then gradually stir into the milk mixture. Season to taste. Serve and garnish with basil


from a Gillian McKeith book, not many things we liked but this is lovely and everyone who has tried it asked for the recipe.

3 cloves of garlic
3 sticks of celery sliced
I/2 butternut squash diced , not too small
3 carrots, chopped, not too small
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper, all chopped, not too small

2 leeks sliced
2 parsnips chopped, not too small
2corgettes, peel removed and chopped.
2 tble spoons of bullion
4 tomatoes

3sweet potatoes

Using a large pan and heat up some water, about an inch up the pan, ad chopped garlic, celery, butternut squash and carrots, leave for 5 mins to cook.
Whils waiting chop up your peppers, leeks, parsnips and then add them to the pan.
Remove skins and chop up the courgettes then add this to the mixture, sprinkle the bullion over the

Cut the tomatoes in half and place skin down into the pan, do mot mix,leave to cook for a further 10
After 10 mins turn tomatoes over and remove skins from pan. Mix tomatoes into veg stew.
You shouldn't nee any more seasoning but have a taste.
If you require a thicker mix then either grate a potato into pan or use a thickener but no gravy granules.

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