sweet potato stew
Family friendly

Pork, fennel and sweet potato stew

This pork, fennel and sweet potato stew is a deliciously wholesome recipe that the whole family can enjoy. It’s also a great budget meal for when pennies are tight.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g boneless pork shoulder, cut into 4cm chunks
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1.5l chicken stock
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into two-inch pieces
  • 2 small fennel bulbs, chopped

To serve:

  • Thyme leaves, chopped
  • Fennel fronds, chopped
  • Crusty bread


1. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish over a medium-high heat. Season the pork with the fennel seeds and some salt and pepper.

2. Cook the pork for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

3. Add one litre of the stock and thyme sprigs and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1½ hours, covered, until the pork is fork-tender.

4. Add the sweet potatoes and fennel bulbs and as much additional stock as is needed to cover. Cook, uncovered, for a further 15-20 minutes until the pork is very tender and the vegetables are soft. Remove the thyme sprigs.

5. Divide between serving bowls and top with the thyme leaves and fennel fronds. Serve with crusty bread.

Per Serving: 413kcals, 12.5g fat (2.6g saturated), 42.5g carbs, 1.7g sugars, 34.1g protein, 8.9g fibre, 1.386g sodium 

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