Budget cooking – Medieval pottage

medieval pottage recipe Medieval Pottage was the staple meal of medieval people. Made up of whatever they had to hand and heated  slowly before being thickened with oats. This turned out to be a really delicious and satisfying meal and probably cost less than £1.50 for a large pot full to serve 4.


3 carrots
1 swede
2 leeks
1 onion
Butter for frying
2 handfuls of oats


Chop the veg.
Fry the leek and onion in butter in a large saucepan until soft then pour the stock over. Add in the rest of the veg, season to taste and bring to the boil, reduce hear and simmer until the veg is all nicely cooked then add in 2 handfuls of oats, stir in the continue to simmer for around 10-15 minutes until the oats have cooker and the pottage is thickened. Serve with bread and cheese.