Italian-style beef stew

Italian-style beef stew

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(130 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
An easy, superhealthy stew full of vitamin C

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal225
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.87g
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  • 1 onion, sliced



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

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g pack beef stir-fry strips, or use beef steak, thinly sliced



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 400g can chopped tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • sprig rosemary, chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • handful pitted olives
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…


  1. In a large saucepan, cook onion and garlic in olive oil for 5 mins until softened and turning golden. Tip in the beef strips, pepper, tomatoes and rosemary, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the meat is cooked through, adding some boiling water if needed. Stir through the olives and serve with mash or polenta.

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Comments (142)

morijn's picture

Simple and very good. Done it with mashed potatoes

lis1981's picture

I bought decent steak, followed the recipe and then cooked it in the oven for half an hour to reduce the sauce - delicious.

bassbaby's picture

A few changes I made:
Rump steak instead of normal beef + a stock cube + add some pasata as well as a tin of tomatoes + Dried Itallian Herbs + a bit of chilli powder + whole button mushrooms + plum cherry tomatoes... Follow the same instructions but simmer for half hour on the hob (instead of 15mins) Then in the oven at 170 C for 45 mins - Tastes awesome with Mash!! :D

yumminesss's picture

My husband and I really enjoyed this. I made no changes. I don't know why, but my sause did not seem watery and there was lots of flavour. Had with mash. I think the quality of beef made a difference.

faithguest's picture

I used 2 garlic cloves, a splash of wine and plenty of dried chilli flakes. I used a tin of cherry tomatoes and simmered it for longer than stated. It fed 3 and was delicious.

shirls1's picture

I made this for dinner tonight and it was very tasty. I did read some of the previous comments which led me to tweak the recipe slightly. I used rump steak which was very tender after cooking per the recipe. I added a crumbled OXO cube and a heaped tsp smoked sweet paprika. I also put 2 cloves of garlic in and omitted the olives. Will definitely make again.

Bigspottedcat's picture

Dreary. This is potentially a nice dish, but needs more work.

lilly_l's picture

I made the vegetarian version the other day. My suggestion is to add a splash of wine to the pan after sauteeing the veg and also torn basil leaves a few mins before the sauce is done. Delicious!

aoifemckeown's picture

I made this tonight for dinner and it was gorgeous! I changed it a bit, because I don't like olives, added extra garlic and a carrot, some extra chilli and dried herbs, also didn't have rosemary so I used basil. So I sort of changed it a fair bit really! but it was lovely and I will be doing it again for sure! putting it in the oven for a while is good advice, I wasn;t going to but I tasted it out of the pot and the meat was a bit tough and the sauce a bit watery like others have said. After an hour in the oven it was really good though!

laura2507's picture

I replaced the olives with courgette and I cooked it all in the slow cooker (browned the beef and onions first).

Served with a crispy jacket potato and butternut squash

Absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making again and again...

keri2323's picture

Made this today and Im no chef. In fact Im male, and useless in the kitchen, lets clear that up first. But Im learning :-)

Wish Id read the comments earlier, as indeed its very thin sauce wise, but I put some extra pancetta tomato in and reduced it and it is delicious :-)

Not enough for four though, but fed two of us and will have a small bit left for lunch tomorrow. Very nice and healthy, great with mash

amyponsford_123's picture

Tasteless, boring, would not make again!

amyponsford_123's picture

Tasteless and boring, would not cook this recipe again.

martine41's picture

Instead of complaining, why not think what you could do to improve a meal that may not be to your taste first time - like some others do. Your complaint once was enough but a second time at 03:13????

pammymc's picture

Really easy recipe, really tasty.

mrsjroberts's picture

I coated the beef in seasoned flower before browning with the onions then added a hefty splash of red wine. I then added the rest of the ingredients plus a jelly stock cube.
I left it in the oven at 160 for an hour then 30 minutes with the oven turned off. Served it with shallot & garlic cous cous and it was gorgeous!
Deffo making again!

fraxinus's picture

Wife and i both liked this. I cooked it for 20mins longer, used dried rosemary, no olives (sadly). Served it with mustard mash (dijon) which tasted great. Meat was a little tough so will sort this next time.

feefeescotty's picture

I am going try this at weekend going to cook Saturday and warm in the slow cooker Sunday. Has anyone popped chick peas in ?

danbreed's picture

Definitely not enough to feed 4 hungry bellies, so I added an extra half of all ingredients the 2nd time I cooked it. Used rump steak, perfect for a nice quick stew as it goes tender quite quickly. Also, around 30mins on med-rapid simmer is best for a good reduced sauce! Served with sweet potato mash = über healthy!

jazzymarie123's picture

Lovely recipe! Added beef stock. peas and carrots and served it with new potatoes :) Left it in the oven for 45 mins. Healthy and happy meal!


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