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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cally01's picture
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We all loved this

sandypandy77's picture
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Doubled the recipe and added a bit extra to serve 12 and added leeks. I didn't eat it as I'm vegetarian but judging by the clean plates and a recipe request it seemed to go down very well. Only problem was hubby was gutted there were no leftovers for the next day.

trishac's picture
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Made this in the slow cooker sized up for more people. I added lots of carrots and slopped in some red wine. It turned out really well and was enjoyed by everyone.

heatherjdw's picture
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Great recipe only had 500g of beef, added the same amount of liquid. No need to remove lid. We loved it, will be making this more. Next time will try with a cobbler topping for last half hour.

dawnyhow's picture
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oops forgot to rate it. Here you go

dawnyhow's picture
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Made this for dinner last night - it's absolutely stunning and so easy to put together. Really, really tasty - we all enjoyed it very much and my son told me to add it to our list of usuals. I added more carrots and celery than the recipe said and served it with cabbage and roast potatoes. Will definitely be making this one again and again.

shazzama's picture
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Lovely. Beef really tender. Cooked for 3 hours 140 fan oven with lid on, then lid off for half an hour, so even longer than recipe. Used passata instead of puree as it was in cupboard and served with jacket potatoes and crusty bread. Yum from all the family.

alanmwalsh1's picture

Absolutely wonderful- easy to make even for a novice like me! Thoroughly enjoyable. Include plenty of carrot!

spikers's picture
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This recipe is great in the slow cooker. Added potatoes to increase the vege content. Also freezes well.

traceybrain's picture
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Simply gorgeous and quick to prepare. Cook mine for a good 3 hours and it's all melt in the mouth. Served in a giant yorkshire. A firm midweek favourite.

days17's picture

i added a tablespon of marmite. i made this last week and i am going to make it again tomorrow. i have never liked browning the meat. thank you.

jake8238's picture
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Lovey recipe will defo be making again and again

spikers's picture
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Great slow cooker recipe. Cooked on low for 8 hrs - meat just melted in mouth. Added chat potatoes and reduced amount of water added. Highly recommended.

lyndseymac's picture
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A great recipe. I added more carrots and some swede and left out the celery and it was delicious. The meat just fell apart it was so tender! I also added a glug of red wine to deepen the flavour. Will be making this again.

peach2810's picture
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Husband and baby boy loved this. I added more carrots and celery than the recipe stated and served it with jacket potato wedges, very yummy and rich.

ct1954's picture
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This casserole is delicious, I put all the ingedients together in my slow cooker and left it on low over night and then on keep warm until lunchtime. The flavour was amazing.

cjsansom's picture
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This was truly scrumptious. I did double the quantity of meat and veg, but not the liquid, and the consistency of the sauce was perfect - no need to remove the lid to thicken it. I think we must be a greedy family of 5 (three teenage boys!) as doubling the quantity of meat was just right.

hunt22's picture

yes Katie_eeeee

katie_eeeeee's picture

Do you cook the carrits n meat ect for 10 mins on hob first before the oven?

sozmen's picture
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VERY VERY tasty!!! Thank you

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