Easy Cawl Cennen

March 1, 2021

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus Pawb!

St. David’s Day under Lockdown 3.0 doesn’t feel that bad. The sun is shining, we have the Triple Crown, and eyes on a Grand Slam. Time to celebrate our heritage and enjoy a bowl of Cawl.

Translated as soup, there is a definite north-south divide when Cawl is on the menu. In the north it is any soup but us southerners talk of a watery meat & chunky vegetable broth made from, traditionally, mutton. Add leeks and you have Cawl Cennen.

This is my SYN free, foolproof Cawl; Mam’s was the best, and that is usually echoed at every table from St.Davids City to Magor. Yes, the one we remember from childhood.


  • 450g/1lb lean diced steak
  • 3 large carrots roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 parsnip again roughly chopped
  • Large tin of potatoes
  • Large Leek cut along the centre and chopped.
  • 2-3tbps Parsley
  • Beef Stockpot
  • 800ml water


  • The night before…
  • Place all the ingredients into a slow cooker.
  • On ‘High’ cook for 2-3 hours and leave to stand over night.
  • On the day in the morning
  • Set the slow cooker to low
  • Stir and check the liquid level.
  • Serving
  • 40g 50% reduced that cheddar as a Healthy A
  • 60g slice of whole meal bread as the Healthy B
  • Enjoy!


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