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 (143)

coen83's picture

this was an easy and tasty recipe which i served with baby potatoes, next time i think i would just serve it with some crusty bread. I did it in the oven for an hour as suggested and added some paprika, tomato puree and beef stock to give extra flavour, I also left out the olives as I dont like them much

peejay13's picture

Absolutely scrummy. Followed the ingredient list almost exactly. Did add some green beans and a bit of chilli and probably overdid the paprika but after cooking put in the oven at gas 6 for an hour then left overnight. When I reheated it the next day it was delicious. Super generous portion for two (wouild probably feed three) and we ate with just small new potatoes. The consistency of the sauce was perfect, really rich and the flavours were fantastic. I will definately make this again!

odettesproat's picture

I popped this in the oven for an hour as suggested above and also added carrots but still found it to be quite thin and a bit bland, don't think I would do this again.

zodiacgirl's picture

Def agree with comments, great dish..very versatile I have made it with the mash, but also with rice and pasta. I found the sauce a bit thin too but added some tomato puree and a little chilli to give it a kick. Easy to cook in minutes!

sar_doy's picture

This recipe is really easy and very tasty. I too added a bit of paprika and a couple of beef stock cubes. I also added about half a glass of red wine that was left in a bottle. I will definitely make this again. Served it with nice buttery mash potato and it went down a treat!! Enjoy!

helfire's picture

Fabulous, cheap, and very very tasty. I added courgettes and had it with some new potatoes which needed using up. Will be making this again!!!!!

jhicklin's picture

This was quick and simple. However i added a few more things - added italian mixed spices and some paprika. It did need a something more - maybe will add mushrooms next time. I used 2 tins of toms and let it reduce right down making a thick sauce. I think when i make again will put in oven and let it reduce.

tottymoto's picture

LOVE THIS! You can add any other veg too, i add mange tout, carrots (thinly sliced) and baby sweetcorn - yummy and healthy.

zoegell's picture

Hi sorry ignore my comment just seen Charlie 87's comment - serves two - thanks

zoegell's picture

Hi does anyone know how many people this serves as it doesnt appear to say....

thefatmagpie's picture

Charlie 87 - I find that this amount serves 2 people :-)

ayt123's picture

easy to make and delicious!!!

charlie87's picture

Would love to make this but can anyone tell me how many it serves? Thanks!

bluehockey1's picture

I doubled this recipe and served it for lunch the next day and it tasted even better.

mamashaz's picture

Very easy to make. I used stewing steak and just popped it into the oven till the meat was really tender. I also added a couple more peppers that needed using. Left out the olives though!!! Proved I don't need to buy casserole mixes with goodness knows what in them!!!

gourmetgorton's picture

Really enjoyed this dish - served it with new potatoes which worked well.

katyrouth's picture

To get a thicker sauce and make this with cheaper meat, just follow the recipe above but in an ovenproof dish, then chuck it into an oven for an hour or so to reduce the tomatoes and cook the beef till its really tender. Delicious!

abbeybel4's picture

nice recipe although i don't like tomato but my boyfriend does so added a touch of paprika and reduced it down more

nicmcd's picture

This has become a firm staple in my house. I use 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and tend to add some cornflour to thicken up the sauce if it hasn't reduced enough. I also chuck in other vegetables that I have in the fridge so have tried this with carrots, green beans, sugarsnap peas etc. All good; a great recipe.

carolly's picture

Very easy to cook and tasty, added half a courgette and a beef stock cube to add extra flavour.


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