Beef & vegetable casserole in a cast iron pot with wooden spoon

Beef & vegetable casserole

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 3 hrs - 3 hrs, 50 mins

Easy

Serves 5

A traditional braised beef stew with thick, rich gravy – an ideal recipe for cheap cuts as slow-cooking guarantees a tender dish

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal483
  • fat32.6g
  • saturates13.4g
  • carbs14.3g
  • sugars7.4g
  • fibre2.3g
  • protein33.7g
  • salt1.6g
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Ingredients

  • 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

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

  • 1 onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 2 really big carrots, halved lengthways then very chunkily sliced
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

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

  • 5 bay leaves
  • 2 thyme sprigs, 1 whole and 1 leaves picked

    Thyme

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

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef stock cubes, crumbled
  • 850g stewing beef (featherblade or brisket works nicely), cut into nice large chunks

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and put the kettle on.

  2. Put 2 thickly sliced celery sticks, 1 chopped onion, 2 chunkily sliced carrots, 5 bay leaves and 1 whole thyme sprig in a flameproof casserole dish with 1 tbsp vegetable oil and 1 tbsp butter.

  3. Soften for 10 mins, then stir in 2 tbsp plain flour until it doesn’t look dusty anymore, followed by 2 tbsp tomato purée, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 2 crumbled beef stock cubes.

  4. Gradually stir in 600ml hot water, then tip in 850g stewing beef and bring to a gentle simmer.

  5. Cover and put in the oven for 2hrs 30 mins, then uncover and cook for 30mins – 1hr more until the meat is really tender and the sauce is thickened.

  6. Garnish with the picked leaves of the remaining thyme sprig.

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edipuss
12th Oct, 2018
5.05
I got this recipe originally from the Good food magazine a good few years ago, though they called it Lancaster hotpot, and put sliced potatoes on top! Anyway whichever way you have it, it's the tastiest beef casserole, maybe only beaten buy a 3 day Beef Bourguignon.
happyhannah
28th Sep, 2018
5.05
A tasty traditional beef stew.
Geoff Morris
23rd Apr, 2018
5.05
This is up there with the BBC Hairy Bikers braised steak and onions recipe. Really simple and extremely tasty. Made for dinner last night, very well received.
samanthavoce
18th Mar, 2018
5.05
I was thanked repeatedly for a lovely dinner. This is an easy recipe and very flavorful with no adjustments made.
Sarahdd
27th Feb, 2018
5.05
Absolutely love this recipe! I love a warming stew in the colder months and have made this several times as it’s so delicious.
maya1981
2nd Feb, 2018
5.05
We have cooked this dish several times and it never stops to surprise us by how easy it is to prepare and how tasty the outcome is. A great recipe! No need to change anything.
mimi19836
25th Jan, 2018
5.05
This recipe is delicious! I half the quantities of beef and add some puy lentils and butternut squash. It's so tasty!
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Nicol Winter
23rd Jan, 2018
Can I put slices potatoes on top?
edipuss
12th Oct, 2018
5.05
Yes! That's how they good food originally did this recipe in their magazine.
Renata Srokova
23rd Jan, 2018
5.05
Why not, is up to you. I am sure it will be very nice with potatoes too.

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Debbie Hannon
20th Jan, 2018
Hello made this casserole many times.My family all love it,maybe it's my OCD,but why does the recipe say 3 sprigs of thyme when only one is used..what do you do with the rest??
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goodfoodteam
29th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. We have amended the text. One goes in the stew and the other one can be picked and the leaves used to garnish. Apologies for the confusion.
Jojamad
17th Nov, 2017
I am going to make this for 25 people. Can I cook it on the stove top instead of putting in the oven? I was thinking of 3 hours at low heat??
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goodfoodteam
20th Nov, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can cook it on the stove top. We'd recommend gently bubbling for 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender.
hs1
6th Apr, 2017
Please could you clarify this part in step 1 Put the celery, onion, carrots, bay and 1 thyme sprig in a casserole with 1 tbsp oil and the butter. Soften for 10 mins Is this on the hob in a frying pan or in the oven in the casserole dish? Or something else! Thanks
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goodfoodteam
10th Apr, 2017
Thanks for your question. This first step is in your casserole dish on the hob. You don't need to put it in the oven until step 2 after you've added the water and beef and brought it up to a simmer. Hope that's a bit clearer!
Lucy8511
29th Jan, 2017
Could I make it in slow cooker? If so what setting and timings please?
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goodfoodteam
31st Jan, 2017
Hi Lucy, yes you can make this in a slow cooker. For help on how to adapt the recipe, take a look at our tips feature: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-top-tips-using-slow-cooker Hope that helps.
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catplumb
25th Nov, 2016
Do I need to sear the meat first?
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goodfoodteam
28th Nov, 2016
Hi, thank you for your question. No you don't need to sear the beef prior to adding.

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vernonlevy
7th Nov, 2015
5.05
I left out the bay leaves and added a couple of thickly sliced leeks. It's a very forgiving recipe.
grimcooking
31st Oct, 2015
5.05
Add one glass of red wine. Eat with Atora dumplings.
fitnessjonas
6th Dec, 2014
I added lots more veggies to this. I doubled the carrots and celery and also added some swede. There is plenty of gravy. I used knorr rich gravy stock pot, which was brilliant!
alainej
4th Dec, 2014
5.05
oh and i added 200ml more water than stated because it was too dry
Stephyyfaye
9th Jan, 2014
5.05
Best recipe I've used, absolutely gorgeous! If being lazy or in a hurry, a mixed bag of pre-cut casserole vegetables work brilliantly. Swede is fab in it!