Minced beef & sweet potato stew

Minced beef & sweet potato stew

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
Thrifty lean mince makes a great base for a hearty family casserole - serve this one-pot with seasonal greens

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal368
  • fat13g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



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

  • 1 large carrot, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 celery stick, sliced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp mushroom ketchup
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 450g sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • few thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • Savoy cabbage, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, carrot and celery, and sweat for 10 mins until soft. Add the beef and cook until it is browned all over.

  2. Add the tomato purée and cook for a few mins, then add the mushroom ketchup, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, herbs and a can full of water. Season well and bring to the boil.

  3. Simmer on a low heat for 40-45 mins until the sweet potatoes are tender, stirring a few times throughout cooking to make sure they are cooking evenly.

  4. Once cooked, remove the bay leaf, stir through the chopped parsley and serve with cabbage.

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Comments (34)

erinvermaak's picture

Really hearty and healthy, comforting winter one-pot. Reminded me of my granny's cooking (in a good way!). First experience of mushroom ketchup (which I found on Ocado) which is definitely not mushrooms mixed with ketchup, but more like a vinegary Worcestershire sauce.

robfosters's picture

Lovely recipe. Very flavoursome, easy and cheap to feed a family. A few on here have said they used tomato ketchup and another ingredient in place of mushroom ketchup. They are completely different. If you cant get mushroom ketchup, you are better off mixing 3/4 tbsp of Worcester sauce with 1/4 tbsp of malt vinegar. Goes very well with this. Gives the meat a lovely salty tang to it.

gill18's picture

Mushroom Ketchup made by Geo. Watkins & Co I believe. Not widely available hence why I sell it in my employers farm shop @ Heligan.

edabinett's picture

Really easy, but so tasty! Used tomato ketchup & button mushrooms instead of mushroom ketchup (never heard of this!) and a splash of worcs sauce. Served with curly kale. Will def make again!

pwhyton's picture

Good simple meal but would put in less liquid and felt it needed a kick of flavour, when I next make it either add garlic or worcestershire but still a good meal.

spicy69's picture

Mushroom ketchup? Eh?

Pynner's picture

nothing to do with the recipe or Good food

lwills's picture

I am going to make this in my new slow cooker that I got for christmas! I think it will probably only take 3-4 hours on low heat as sweet potato and mince cook quite quickly compared to joints of meat. Will rate once I'm done!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Easy to make. Great for a cold winter evening. Served with broccoli instead of cabbage.

winterannie's picture

made this yesterday, very easy to make and enjoyed it very much. Nice simple straightforward receipe. I did not add any mushroom ketchup as did not have any, but added some garlic.

Jacquie Stringfield's picture

Excellent meals and so quick and easy

Jacquie Stringfield's picture

Made this tonight, didn't have any mushroom ketchup, so added ketchup and whole mushrooms, figured it would be the same thing. Added 2 cloves crushed garlic and added to the cabbage some sliced leeks and savoy cabbage. Dollop of butter for a bit of flavour and wha-la a perfect winter meal.

loskey's picture

Really want to try this, does anyone know whether this would be suitable for a slow cooker? I have one but am yet to use it, would be handy for nights when I get in late...

beverleyc's picture

We've made this a couple of times since the magazine came out, it's a good 'healthy January' recipe. The sweet potato does give it quite a sweet taste so I've added a good shake of worcestershire sauce or some extra mushroom ketchup. This recipe will definitely be on standby for healthy/light dinners. Works well made the day before too.


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