Beef & vegetable casserole

Beef & vegetable casserole

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 3 hrs - 3 hrs, 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 5

A traditional braised beef stew with thick, rich gravy - an ideal recipe for cheap cuts as slow-cooking guarantees a tender dish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
483
protein
33.7g
carbs
14.3g
fat
32.6g
saturates
13.4g
fibre
2.3g
sugar
7.4g
salt
1.6g
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Ingredients

  • 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 really big carrots, halved lengthways then very chunkily sliced
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef stock cubes, crumbled
  • 850g stewing beef (featherblade or brisket works nicely), cut into nice large chunks

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Put the kettle on. Put the celery, onion, carrots, bay and 1 thyme sprig in a casserole with 1 tbsp oil and the butter. Soften for 10 mins, then stir in the flour until it doesn’t look dusty anymore, followed by the tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock cubes.
  2. Gradually stir in 600ml hot water, then tip in the beef and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and put in the oven for 2hrs 30 mins, then uncover and cook for 30mins – 1hr more until the meat is really tender and the sauce is thickened.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, January 2012

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La84's picture
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I used to make stews with a packet mix I found this recipe when I'd forgotten to get one, I would never go back to packets now this recipe is amazing. A winner with all the family! All I added to the recipe is peas

Taraod's picture
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I made this for family. It tasted amazing, so so easy to make and made me look like I really know how to cook.... brilliantly!!! The best dish I have ever made- so I was told!

tjutrostina's picture

Made it for a family get together and everyone loved it! My biggest compliment came from my mum who said she would like the recipe! I cooked it on the stove top though, and the meat still came out tender. Added potatoes too.

rachel7744's picture

Really tasty dish, have made this a few times now and every time it gets fantastic compliments. One of my favourites. Would definitely recommend.

pieshop's picture
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I've made this several times now. Absolutely delicious!!!! I use whatever veg I have and always serve with cheesy dumplings which I put in for the last 25/30 mins and serve with roast potatoes. The gravy is soooo rich and yummy! Always coat the beef in flour first and fry that off quickly before adding. Will be making this time and time again!!

michelle_30's picture
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Made this yesterday for today's dinner, added 2 onions, 500g each of carrots and swede with 900 g beef and 2 knorr stock pot rich beef packs and cooked for 3 1/2 hours, results were a hearty, rich tasty casserole which required minimal effort and definitely impresses! Yum!

LizzieHarry's picture
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Delicious! I doubled the carrots, added 3 chopped parsnips, some mushrooms and an extra stock cube. I forgot the celery, but it didn't matter, was lovely. Cooked it in my slow cooker on high for 6 hours.

Tish18's picture
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I did think this was a lovely stew for flavour but I did have to cook it for 4 1/2 hours for my meat to be really tender so you may want to allow for more cooking time just in case.

Harrysbakingmummy's picture

Yummmmm!!!! And so easy. I served simply with a hot buttered baguette (and a cheeky glass of red for mummy) and it was just perfct. My 3 year old loved it to!

mellydaminx's picture

Wonderful and easy to make, perfect gravy lovely veg and amazing meat! I just cooked for the stated time as was in a rush and turned out perfect! Will add to my favourite meals to make!

callychally's picture

This is SUPERB - the whole family loved it (added dumplings) and gave it 10/10! Will definitely make it again on a regular basis.

Freesia53's picture

I tried this before Christmas and I am cooking it again today because we like this dish so much. I did change it by adding a turnip and some pearl barley and 200mls more hot water just in case the pearl barley soaked up the stock but it came out fine. The only negative comment I got from the family was "where are the dumplings"? So I shall be doing the dumplings this time in a separate pot of gravy, again so as not to dry up the liquid.
When I first tried this recipe I did not realise that the pot you start it off in has to go in the oven, which was my own fault as I had not read the method before I came to cook it and the pot I had can not go in the oven, but I got round that by emptying every thing into a casserole dish to go in the oven. I think I will be cooking this for a long time to come.

juliafrancis's picture
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Just popped this in the oven for dinner later this evening... added some extra vegetables too. Added only one beef stock cube. I also added a splash of Mushroom Ketchup & Umami Paste. I will add some mushrooms later too. Smells delicious will serve with mash potatoes & green vegetables.. maybe cabbage broccoli or sprouts! x

DavidM86's picture

Great dish. A bit too salty in my opinion though. Halved the amount of stock cubes down to one and it's much better.

alainej's picture
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Tried this last night, delicious! I cooked for a family of of 4 and used 800g of beef. Was a bit on the shy side, could have done with maybe 200g more of beef. If you've got hungry boys, i'd suggest uping the meat content. That aside, its delicious.

fayfumbs's picture
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A great winter warmer. Added a large teaspoon of redcurrant jelly with port along with the tomato purée which added some extra richness.

missbexxa's picture
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This has turned out beautifully, so full of a flavour. Only had dried Thyme and I sliced my celery very thin as we prefer it that way but it was just fantastic, will be cooking it all the time.

Purplecrazyhorse's picture
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We love this recipe. I do it in the slow cooker with a couple of cups of hot water rather than 600ml specified. Cooked on low for 7hrs or so, it's delicious.

twobit's picture

Does the sauce still thicken up nicely ?

Lanno1971's picture

I hope I haven't screwed this up? I added the whole tin of purée.
Not happy Jan! Too late to fix now. I guess I'll find out in two hours.
Any suggestions?

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