Leftover Roast Pork Stew

Pork Stew is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of using up leftover roast pork. It’s also exceptionally tasty, comforting and filling. The perfect Monday dinner.

I absolutely love a Basic Stew.

Nothing fancy, no special ingredients, just meat, veg and gravy, slow-cooked until everything’s super soft and tasty. 

It’s important to have some easy recipes like this in your Family food arsenal. Something that you can just knock together and everyone will eat. 

Comforting, tasty Family recipes that are cheap and easy. My favourite kinds of food if I’m honest. 

Even better an Easy Pork Stew recipe is the perfect way to use up any leftover roast pork that you might have from a Sunday lunch. 

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What Veg Should You Add to Pork Stew?

If you are making a Leftover Roast Pork Stew you can use leftover veggies too, either cooked or uncooked. 

stew in cast iron dish. Loaf on chopping board to the side.

You really can throw anything into an Easy Stew and it’ll taste great. 

I tend to keep things simple with some chopped up carrots and sliced leeks. Shallots are lovely too, and parsnips are really soft and tasty in a stew. 

I also add chopped up potatoes (something like Maris Piper) to make a filling meal. 

Herbs for Pork Stew

A simple stew doesn’t need too much extra seasoning.

It gets loads of flavour from slowly cooking the meat and vegetables together. 

I add bay leaves, dried oregano, basil and thyme. If you haven’t got all of these, skipping some is fine. You could even just add 2tsp of dried mixed herbs. 

What to Serve with Pork Stew

Stew in cooking pot, bread and served portions around.

This Leftover Pork Stew Recipe has it all. Potatoes, meat and veg in one pot. 

So you don’t really need to serve it with anything. 

I tend to put some thick chunks of bread on the table to mop up the juices, but that’s it. 

Making Dumplings

Another option is of course Pork Stew with Dumplings. J

im loves dumplings, so this is a popular choice in our house. The kids prefer bread though. 

If you want to make dumplings, you can find the recipe that we use here.

How Do You Thicken Stew?

This Pork stew with tomato sauce thickens quite well by just simmering on the hob, because of the starch from the potatoes. 

pork stew in cooking pot.

I also toss my pork in a little flour before cooking

If you are using precooked pork, it won’t stick too much, but it’ll just be enough to thicken the stock.

A Slow cooked pork stew simmers for hours so it’s got plenty of time to thicken. 

Making Stew with Leftover Roast Pork

The best cut of pork for making stew is usually something like pork shoulder, which you can absolutely use in this recipe.

But, I’m all for budget recipes.

You can make this pork stew recipe with cheap diced pork, chopped up pork chops, leftover pork chops, or leftover roast pork. 

served bowl of stew with bread.

Basically, use what you’ve got, for a cheap pork stew

Using Up Leftover Roast Pork

I love making stews and casseroles with leftover roast pork or beef. It’s the easiest way to turn your leftovers into another filling meal, and if you’ve not got as much meat as you’d like, you can add extra potatoes and vegetables to bulk things out. 

If you are making this recipe with raw pork, brown it before adding the leeks and garlic, then follow this recipe as it is. 

One difference I sometimes find is that when you use leftover pork, you don’t brown it before adding the stock, so the flour doesn’t get a chance to catch to the bottom of the pan. 

served portion in bowl with bread and cooking pot to the sides.

If you are making a stew with raw pork, while browning it can get stuck, even in oil, because of the flour. 

If your pork sticks too much, add a little of the stock, and scrape the bottom of the pan, while the pork continues to cook, before adding the rest of the stock once the pork is browned all over. 

Other Ways to Use up Leftover Roast Pork

I love turning leftovers into other Family dinners, some of my other favourite ways to use leftover roast pork include:

fried rice with leftover roast pork in frying pan.
Yield: 6

Leftover Roast Pork Stew

served portion of stew in small bowl.

Pork Stew is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of using up leftover roast pork. It’s also exceptionally tasty, comforting and filling. The perfect Monday dinner.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 700g Diced Leftover Roast Pork
  • 2tbsp Plain Flour
  • Pinch Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Leeks – Finely Sliced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – Crushed
  • 5 Carrots – Peeled and sliced into 1cm pieces
  • 4 Medium White Potatoes – Peeled and chopped into 2cm chunks (Something like Maris Piper)
  • 500ml Chicken Stock
  • 400g Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1tsp Dried Basil
  • 1tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1tsp Dried Thyme

Instructions

  1. Toss the pork in flour and salt and pepper
  2. Heat the oil in a large, flameproof dish or pan on the hob
  3. Add the leeks and garlic and fry for 5 minutes until soft
  4. Add the pork and stir well
  5. Pour in the stock and chopped tomatoes
  6. Add the carrots, potatoes, balsamic, bay, thyme, oregano and basil and stir together well
  7. Bring to the boil before reducing the heat to a gentle simmer
  8. Cook for 2 hours, stirring often, being sure to make sure nothing has stuck to the bottom of the pan

Notes

  • I use a large cast-iron dish, but any large pan that’s suitable for use on the hob will do.
  • If you haven’t got as much pork left, it’s fine. Use what you’ve got and add more potatoes or veg if you want to bulk your stew out a little.
  • If you want to make this recipe with raw pork, just toss it in flour and salt and pepper and brown it before adding the leeks and garlic. - If your pork sticks to the bottom of the pan a little, add a splash of the stock and scrape the pan while the pork continues to brown.
  • Add more water if the liquid reducing too much while cooking.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 255mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g

The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors.

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4 thoughts on “Leftover Roast Pork Stew”

  1. Hello from the east coast of Canada. I was looking for ideas for a leftover pork roast and your recipe sounded so good I had to give it a try. The only thing I didn’t have on hand were the leeks so I used some red onion instead. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly and it was so good! Next time I’ll try it with the leeks and make some Irish soda bread to sop up the tasty sauce. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    • Hi Rob. So glad that you enjoyed it, thanks for letting me know. I often make a stew with red onion, shallots are great too!

  2. Hi there also from Canada,
    Your recipe instruction says “Toss the pork in flour and salt and pepper”. Do I do it with leftover pork that’s already cooked?

    • Hi Beatrice

      I tend to just very lightly toss in a little flour, not a huge amount will stick to cooked pork but it’s just enough to ensure the sauce isn’t too watery. It’s not essential though, you can skip if you’d prefer.

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