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)

evasandeman's picture

My boyfriend made this last night and it was YYYummy! He added a beef stock cube, a wee drop of red wine and some mushrooms, a green pepper and carrots. He simmered it for an hour and served with roast potatoes and puff pastry. Less healthy but very tasty.

cooking80's picture

Lovely meal. Great flavours

faux109's picture

This is lovely, quick to cook and reheats well too.

vixsg10's picture

Delicious...I added in 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, aubergine, a red pepper and some chilli flakes to give it a kick. Goes well with rice and mash. Super healthy and tasty!

jade2606's picture

Absolutely loved this recipe! I added another pepper, some mushrooms and a can of cannellini beans to bulk it up and it served two people 3 very generous portions! I also found it tasted a lot richer the next day, so next time I will be making it the day before we want it!

I also agree with others that it needed more seasoning so I added an extra half a sprig of rosemary, an extra clove of garlic and some black pepper.

kateab's picture

I made this in the slowcooker as I had slightly tougher cuts of meat to cook and added sliced black olives instead of whole ones and it easily fed 4 (admittedly two children but both have healthy appetites).

Loved it, we had it with some polenta.

fairypetal's picture

made this for the first time on saturday, and it was loved by all, even my 3 yr old!!!! Was really tasty, added a beef stock cube and other veg, and did in the now going to be a weekly favourite!!!

Ravenisdead's picture

Found this recipe very bland, needs something to give it a bit more umph!

frsoar's picture

OK but i feel needs to be cooked a lot longer to make the meat more tender and to reduce the sauce. I did add a little Lee and Perrins which did work. Tried the Polenta fried - Ugh horrid, pasta or rice would be ideal. Would try again but as above On the plus side very easy to cook, and also nice and healthy.

TransylvanianAngel's picture

Absolutely delicious and very easy to make.

drobo30's picture

Made this an it was soo easy, served with sweet mashed potatoes, an we all loved it even my fussy 9 yr daughter, i was soo surprised at how easy it was, as i'm no cook!!!

gracemarshall's picture

fab meal made without the olives

mertinpants's picture

LOVE this!! We dont add the olives and hubs has mushrooms. I also add around 100mls of red wine and some bisto powder (mixed in cold water first - prob one table spoon and a little water) and its gorgeous, really thickens it up. Served with Mashed Potato - AMAZING!

coulstonl001's picture

Really quick and tasty! I'll definitely be cooking this again!

emilywalsh88's picture

I added some gravy to thicken the sauce and cooked it in the oven for about and hour which made the meat really tender. I also had no rosemary so I just used some Italian herbs and extra garlic. YUMMERS :)

barmaid1983's picture

Easy to make but tasted bland

rxh092's picture

I added the aubergine,courgette and mushrooms to the onion,garlic and pepper. Browned diced beef chunks, added chopped toms,tomato puree,oregano,rosemary and a lamb stock cube crumbled in as I had run out of beef!

Simmered for 15 then put in the oven as suggested by others to tenderise the meat for 30mins.

Added the olives and feta as well and was a really hearty dinner full of flavour :)

katausten's picture

Really easy and really tasty. i used fresh tomatos and some pasata rather that the tinned tomato simply because i didnt have any but it worked well. quite excited to try the veggie version. XD

laura4qt's picture

I floured the beef first, which helped to thicken it up a little and also added some green beans, a good splash of red wine, some Worcester sauce and some chilli powder. I cooked it for longer than than 20 minutes and the sauce was really thick and lovely.

I served this mixed with pasta and it went down a storm!

jwalchester's picture

literally just made this and delicious is an understatement!

I'm relatively new to cooking and find this website a massive help, have been trying out a few easy recipes and this is my fave so far. Always imagined stew to be something that takes hours and hours to cook but this was prepped and ready in under an hour!

Read a few of the comments here before I cooked it and took on board suggestions and added paprika, a beef stock cube, mushrooms, simmered for 25min and left to reduce for 15. Served with brown rice. Definitely only serves 2 though unless you want a 3 year old sized portion.


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