Beef & vegetable casserole

Beef & vegetable casserole

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(152 ratings)

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

Easy

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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal483
  • fat32.6g
  • saturates13.4g
  • carbs14.3g
  • sugars7.4g
  • fibre2.3g
  • protein33.7g
  • salt1.6g
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Ingredients

  • 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 really big carrot, halved lengthways then very chunkily sliced
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 5 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef stock cube, crumbled
  • 850g stewing beef (featherblade or brisket works nicely), cut into nice large chunks

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.

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debbiesfood
23rd Jan, 2017
5.05
This recipe is very good. I used shin of beef with two small swedes and a very large carrot. Added a glass of red wine with a pint of beef stock and cooked for four hours at 150 degrees. Also added parsley dumplings. I will make this again.
keeleyl
12th Jan, 2017
5.05
I cooked this last night. It was beautiful! I substituted celery for button mushrooms and added them in the last hour of cooking. I seared the meat first (just felt like I had to!) and cooked it for about 6 hours though just to make sure the meat was melt in the mouth! Served with dumplings.
Nicola_B_27
30th Dec, 2016
5.05
This is a fave for me - only thing I change is only use one stock cube and add red wine: Use one stock cube in 400ml water then add 200ml red wine. Used to do half and half with red wine but was slightly too overpowering!
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catplumb
25th Nov, 2016
Don't you need to sear the meat first?
LaurenHawthorn3101
24th Nov, 2016
5.05
Without a doubt the best stew I've ever tasted, and I've made a few!
Short Hamstrings
23rd Nov, 2016
5.05
Absolutely delicious and SO easy, I didn't take the lid off for the final hour as it would have been too dry but you'll be able to tell that from how it looks after 2 hours. Family loved it : -) Making again today & doubling up so there's enough for a family portion to freeze.
oldnick21
22nd Nov, 2016
5.05
GREAT casserole went 50/50 with red wine and water, added couple cloves garlic and mushrooms and sweetcorn will definitely be repeating this recipe.
Kim Bambrough
16th Nov, 2016
0.05
This casserole did not live up to expectations. I followed the recipe to the letter but found it very ordinary. My husband & daughter also weren't impressed saying it was ' average.' Won't be making it again.
Charlotte.Ross
15th Nov, 2016
5.05
love this beef casserole! My whole family said it was the nicest one they've ever tasted. I added a tin of sweet corn in for the last half hour of cookingefor a bit of extra crunch. Will definitely be making this again!
bevwilson81
30th Oct, 2016
5.05
I really enjoy this casserole, I'm always looking for new stew recipes and this is my new favourite. I followed the instructions except I added mushrooms towards the end of the cooking time. It makes a really tasty thick gravy although I cooked it a bit too long with the lid off at the end, I would only do that for 30 minutes next time as the sauce was a bit too thick and the veg a bit too soft but that was rectified by adding a bit more hot water. I can't wait to try it again and maybe add a few other different veg and some garlic. I had it with brown rice and lasted me 4 dinnners. Really tasty and yummy.

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catplumb
25th Nov, 2016
Do I need to sear the meat first?
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goodfoodteam
28th Nov, 2016
Hi, thank you for your question. No you don't need to sear the beef prior to adding.
Outnumberedveggie
12th Nov, 2016
If I double the quantities how long should I allow for cooking time? Thanks
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goodfoodteam
15th Nov, 2016
Thanks for your question. The cook time will remain moreorless the same.
cathyhoney
11th Jan, 2016
Can you braise everything (jncluding the meat) the night before, put it in the fridge and take it out in the morning and cook in the slow cooker. I leave early for work so can't prepare it the same day. If you can, is this fine for all meats or just red meat? Thanks.
Aishaa55
7th Dec, 2015
Can I substitute the beef stock cubes for beef stock liquid ad if so how much
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goodfoodteam
14th Dec, 2015
A beef stock cube is about the same as about 1 tbsp concentrated liquid beef stock.
Annie17
19th Apr, 2015
Hello! I've made this several times and the sauce and veg is delicious, but the meat always comes out a bit tough. I cook it for three and a half hours. Any suggestions gratefully received. Ta!
t-bon3
17th Dec, 2014
What happens to the rest of the thyme? The ingredients call for 3 sprigs of thyme but the method only has 1 thyme sprig in step 1. This leaves me in the unusual situation of having too much thyme on my hands!
LuluLolly
30th Sep, 2015
5.05
I spotted that today! I added the other two sprigs with the beef and water.

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vernonlevy
7th Nov, 2015
5.05
I left out the bay leaves and added a couple of thickly sliced leeks. It's a very forgiving recipe.
grimcooking
31st Oct, 2015
5.05
Add one glass of red wine. Eat with Atora dumplings.
fitnessjonas
6th Dec, 2014
I added lots more veggies to this. I doubled the carrots and celery and also added some swede. There is plenty of gravy. I used knorr rich gravy stock pot, which was brilliant!
alainej
4th Dec, 2014
5.05
oh and i added 200ml more water than stated because it was too dry
Stephyyfaye
9th Jan, 2014
5.05
Best recipe I've used, absolutely gorgeous! If being lazy or in a hurry, a mixed bag of pre-cut casserole vegetables work brilliantly. Swede is fab in it!