Beef & vegetable casserole

Beef & vegetable casserole

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(167 ratings)

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
  • 3 sprigs thyme

    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. Put the kettle on. Put the celery, onion, carrots, bay and 1 thyme sprig in a casserole with 1 tbsp oil and the butter. Soften for 10 mins, then stir in the flour until it doesn’t look dusty anymore, followed by the tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock cubes.

  2. Gradually stir in 600ml hot water, then tip in the beef and bring to a gentle simmer. 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.

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Sanita R
15th Feb, 2016
5.05
Making this for the second time, the first time used the exact recipe, was really tasty and my husband enjoyed it, but I found the gravy a bit too rich and very thick, I do like rich flavours, but had the need to tweak it a bit by using only carrots, lots of them,  2 onions sliced not diced, no thyme as I didn't have any today but did use the 5 bay leaf, 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, 3 oxo cubes and 800ml of boiling water, the butter, oil, flour and tomato puree the same as the recipe.  Still followed the method exactly and at the moment has been in the oven just over 2 hours and will cook for a further hour at least, tastes delicious, well so I think. This is the first time I have ever been able to get a thickish, very tasty gravy and a beef stew that does taste wonderful - in fact it's took me about 20 years to finally get a recipe that works, I nearly gave up. I am more of a one pot recipe person and love the fact that you just throw everything in eventually, no browning of the beef. So very well done good food, I can now add this proudly to my repoitoire of my dishes. Very highly recommended recipe. Enjoy.
Nicole Goss
13th Feb, 2016
5.05
Wish I could give this more than 5 stars. Husband says it's the best beef stew he's ever had! A firm family favourite especially as its so easy to make!
therealslimsal
8th Feb, 2016
5.05
Really tasty stew. Used 1 Knorr beef stock pot instead of 2 stock cubes and 100ml of red wine with 500 ml of water. I put 2 parsnips in with the carrots and no celery. I will definitely make this again.
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TooMuchMum
10th Mar, 2016
I've gone for a little wine too. 1st time I have made it and it does seem very simple.
notachef
20th Jan, 2016
I swap beef for lamb and use 1 lamb stock cube and 1 beef. Have to scoop some fat off half way through the cooking time.
hilaryys
20th Jan, 2016
5.05
My son hates casseroles (he calls them big pots and not in a complimentary way!) but I love them, especially when it's cold outside or I need to cook in advance. So I made this delicious casserole and then used it as a base for a beef pie topped with mashed potato and swede and served with broccoli on the side. He wasn't really fooled (he is 21 after all!!) but he enjoyed it much more. Result!
markhall948
16th Jan, 2016
Multiplied everything by 6 to cook for a big group of 30 and cooked it for 14 hours, absolutely amazing!!! Compliments all round!!
ViruneeV
2nd Jan, 2016
Cooking this stew for like the 5-6th time and using this recipe as a rough guide and it's so simple and so tasty it's become a household favourite. Chuck everything in, leave it for a few hours and it's done! Would recommend making cheese dumplings to go in at the last 30 mins too, as well as using red wine as well as water.
Angelica Mercie...
23rd Dec, 2015
Absolutely love this stew/casserole recipe! Keep coming back to it every time! I add a parsnip, a couple of potatoes and some mushrooms to it and brown the beef and add a splash of wine with the water. I omit one stock cube and it always tastes amazing!
Tboom24
22nd Dec, 2015
Made this with extra marmite, Worcestershire sauce, dash of soy sauce and a pinch of dried habanero powder. yum.

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