Italian-style beef stew

Italian-style beef stew

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(129 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)

bluewings2's picture

I thought this was 'ok'. Admittedly I accidentally added too much corn flour in an attempt to reduce/thicken the sauce and it came out a bit sludgy. It tasted ok but not enough for me to make it again.

jobyhall's picture

Easy and quick. I added extra garlic and some dried Italian herbs. A tasty recipe the all the family liked.

kellyseye's picture

I added two tins of tomatoes but sauce was still on the watery side. Next time I will put in the oven as suggested by others. I added carrots and celery. It was nice and I will make this again as all the family enjoyed it.

embellina616's picture

So easy, it's a favourite in my family.

thecherub's picture

This was great. I followed advice and added some pesto (I had some to use up) at the end which added to the flavour. Can easily add any vegetables to this as well. I served with bread to mop up all the juices as it was a little watery but tasted fab still. I made the full amount for just us 2, it wasnt loads but a decent amount.

mariastampadoulla's picture

It says at the top of the page that it serves 4.

judiper's picture

This was very tasty but I cooked for longer to let the sauce reduce and just added a splash of water. After reading all other comments I would add paprika and a stock cube next time and chuck in any other veg I have. I served with new potatoes and asparagus. Yum!

donnagayuk's picture

I added a few mushrooms and half a glass of red wine and served with garlic bread. A lovely lighter version of rich heavy winter stew - perfect for summer.

stevecooper867's picture

Quick and simple, being a lover of spice we added a little kick to steak in the form of some Cayenne pepper. Probably need to add a little cornfloyr to the mix as previous have said, we didn't and the sauce is a little on the runny side.

alicebrowning's picture

I really enjoyed making this! It tasted great, especially with halved green olives added.
I did have to reduce the sauce a lot as I added extra wine!

matt1987's picture

Rather than tinned tomato's i use 8 large fresh tom's and some puree. It came out superbly.

ela_yar's picture

Quick and simple. I added extra mushrooms, carrots and one small courgette.

grrl23's picture

Lovely meal, however I found the garlic over powering. Would it be ok to leave the garlic out completely? Can someone suggest a substitute? Thanks.

jennybater's picture

Really enjoyed this, I added a second tin of chopped tomatos and also reduced the liquidity by cooking a little longer... very tasty and easy recipie

deadgirl81's picture

"Serves 4 - Easily doubled" everyone else making the "serves 2" part up - coz I'd be serving this for 3?

iamali's picture

very nice - put it in the slow cooker for an afternoon - melted! I also seasoned the beef in flour before browning off for flavor and to thicken the sauce.

glenyst's picture

Hi Zo - actually, it claims to serve 4 (just under where it says EASY), but it certainly doesn't. 2 is more like it.

Mine was runny and athough it tasted OK it wasn't an attractive-looking dish - nothing like the picture. Two stars only - one for tasting OK and one for being quick & easy to make, but I wouldn't want to do it again.

dc1961's picture

dead simple to make and it smells yummy cooking - the comments on here about blandness and lack of flavour have been taken on board and I have dabbled around with what I have in the kitchen so we will see what happens. Tummy rumbling......

dc1961's picture

Having this tonight for tea - sounds yummy!

muse_chicken's picture

I add carrots, mushrooms and other veg, leave out the olives, easy and great tasting stew.


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