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

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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lostlizzy's picture

Made this beef casserole the other day and it was really delicious. I would say it's definitely worth using fresh herbs - makes all the difference. I made a few adaptions to the recipe, I briefly fried the beef chunks in the pan first to get a nice brown colour, removed and then fried the onions, celery and carrots in the juices. I also added some red wine in to add a rich flavour. Great basic recipe open to variations, made three big portions.

michelle181081's picture

I've done this recipe twice now and both times its been perfect, the only thing I would say is that there isn't enough to feed five people.

melpadge37's picture

Absolutely beautiful, so tasty and easy to make. I did add in some button mushrooms and a sneaky veg stock cube. Will definitely be making this one again.

pipsipops's picture

Absolutely AMAZING!! Very easy to make and sooo delicious. Can't wait to make it again!

wikkiwoodles's picture

This was so delicious... definitely not enough for 5 people..

dartmoorgirl's picture

Got to be one of the easiest casseroles I have ever made and yet it was one of the tastiest. Replaced the celery with an extra carrot and used 2 extra rich stock pots rather than cubes. The gravy must be one of the tastiest that I have eaten. Used this casserole as the base for a pie with a mustard mash. YUMMY!

ginnymalan's picture

So tasty and great served with baked potatoes and broccoli or other green veg on the side :-) So easy to make as well!

herbs_chocolate's picture
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We cooked batches of this for the freezer in preparation for the First month of parenthood. Loved it!

dsuniznice's picture
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Easy to make and simply delicious!

janet2403's picture
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Absolutely delicious have made this twice now, even used frying steak second time around and it turned out really well. This is definitely a favourite in our house.

finominal70's picture
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Just one word for this recipe.........Amazing!!!!!

eboardman's picture
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Really lovely casserole, dead easy to make! Great on a cold night :-)

cookpauline's picture
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FAB U LOUS!! I added some turnip and parsnip. This will be a regular during the winter months.

walessam's picture
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This is delicious and so easy to make - Takes around 15 minutes to chop veg and meat etc. I just put it in a large pan on the hob and then tip it into the slow cooker and leave it on high for the day, it's so tasty and the meat just melts in your mouth (I use casserole steak, not as much as the recipe states). Would suggest using more carrots. Highly recommend, this is a firm favourite here.

cshobbs's picture

Excellent. I omitted the celery (don't like it), increased the amount of carrots and replaced the onion with a sweet pepper, cut into large pieces. I also used about 500ml water - just covered everything in my casserole. Added potatoes after 1.5 hours.

ms_diva88's picture
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Gorgeous! So easy and yet very tasty! Also made some dumplings and added for the last 20 minutes (why not, I had spare time as the rest was so efficient!). The complexity of flavours was surprising with such little effort, definitely recommend this and it has quickly become a favourite.

annette33's picture
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Family favourite !

donanap's picture
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This was really yummy and so easy to make. Will certainly make it again. We only cooked it for about 2.5 to 3 hours and the beef was so tender and liquid was just the right consistency for us.

cally01's picture
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We all loved this. So easy and tasty.What is the best way to reheat after being in freezer? Its defrosted. Don't want meat to go tuff now.

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