Italian-style beef stew

Italian-style beef stew

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(136 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, sliced
    Onion

    Onion

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

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
    Garlic

    Garlic

    gar-lik

    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
    Beef

    Beef

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    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
    Tomato

    Tomato

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    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • sprig rosemary, chopped
    Rosemary

    Rosemary

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    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • handful pitted olives
    Bowl of olives

    Olive

    ol-liv

    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

Method

  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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Mum of H
12th Apr, 2017
0.05
This is really dull and bland. I added some seasoning and balsamic vinegar halfway through when I realised how little flavour it had but it didn't improve. A really disappointing dish. I wish I'd read the comments beforehand, not sure we even want the leftovers!!
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Saize
26th Nov, 2016
Bland..no seasoning, no flavour. Not for us and made it step by step as ingredients/method shown.
Nicsimmons
8th Apr, 2016
5.05
Made this in the pressure cooker and it was absolutely delicious. Best recipe I have done in the pressure cooker so far. Tossed the meat in flour and served with mashed potatoe and bok choy. Yummo!
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zoesmum025
11th Jul, 2017
5.05
I gave this recipe five stars for the finished product which differs slightly from the original. I browned the meat first, then set aside. Cooked the onions, pepper and garlic until softened before adding a teaspoon of both oregano and basil and some black pepper. I tipped in a tin of tomatoes, a finely grated carrot for sweetness and a good squeeze of tomato puree along with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a little water which I used to rinse the tomato tin. Then returned the meat to the pot to simmer for about twenty minutes or until thickened. Belissimo!
Susy Putnam
5th Jul, 2016
thanks... loved your suggestions and followed what you did.
heather444
9th Feb, 2015
2.55
Followed the recipe to the letter and served with mash,easy recipe. Turned out ok but nothing special so probably wouldn't bother to cook it again.
lobsterpot1
20th Jan, 2015
Definitely missing something. Served with polenta and that bulked it out.
vall
3rd Dec, 2014
5.05
Loved it! very very tasty and perfect for a winter day. I added potatoes as well and as i didn't have chopped tomatoes I used passata (+ water) and at the end I added a spoon of flour to thickening a bit . I served it with some homemade Italian bread. Buon Appetito!
Irml
24th Oct, 2014
Delicious, made as the recipe stated, used rump steak and cubed it. Browning the meat first. Lowering the heat I then added the garlic and pepper and until slightly brown. I didn't add chili or any other herbs, spices etc. This is an Italian dish, also leave the sprig of rosemary whole. I slow cooked for 1 and half hours, the meat is lovely and tender and dish is very tasty.
janice_bradbury
8th Aug, 2014
3.8
Really liked this - quick and easy and very nice for leftovers the next day too. On advice and because of what was in my cupboard, I substituted mushrooms for olives and added Worcester Sauce. Low calorie for my weight conscious husband and freezable makes it an overall great dish.

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jessjaw
18th Oct, 2017
3.8
With a few additions, I love this and have been making it for years with loads of positive feedback. I always add courgette, red pepper, mushrooms, a stock cube and a splash of wine. Sometimes a chopped red chilli and occasionally some steamed broccoli on top. I serve it with warm, crusty bread and it's delicious! Always my go-to when I need to be warmed up from the inside.
cheryl01music
5th Jun, 2017
2.55
Its a bit boring so added a slug of white wine, a teaspoon of paprika and garlic powder, 4 garlic cloves, 400g more of tomatoes and extra olives. mushrooms and also a vegetable stock cube.
jandc415
5th Mar, 2015
Very tasty and goes very well with dumplings. The recipe is great as it is, but would recommend swapping in red onion instead of brown, and feel free to add red pepper as well as yellow.
Lindsay-Kay
19th Mar, 2014
3.8
I used tomato passata instead of chopped toms.
frenchibaby
3rd Mar, 2014
Throw in some spinach at the last minute! Adds colour and goodness :)
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JonathonO
5th Feb, 2014
4.05
Couple of tips that I used on my first try at this recipe. Add red as well as yellow peppers, a little red wine and a few teaspoons of tomato puree, it adds a little more flavor. Also, try it with a side of couscous, tasted awesome.
Camille_eon
13th Oct, 2013
It definitely needs some oomph, i.e. paprika. I also used red onions and added a tiny bit of tomato paste to thicken it up a bit. But it needs some time to stew down properly. Also, I was generous with the black olives to give it more taste.
cj_huney
9th Sep, 2013
2.05
I made this recipe as per the instructions but in my opinion, beef just doesn't do well to be cooked this way. It was tough and chewy. I saved the dinner by fishing out all the beef and replacing it with chopped smoked back bacon (which I fried beforehand) - this was then a lovely dinner but would have otherwise gone in the bin.
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cgibson1989
15th Aug, 2013
4.05
Recipe is lovely needs 3 tbsp of Tomatoes puree though makes it less bitter and more satisfying. Obviously season with salt and pepper throughout. PS I don't usually like olives but black pitted ones with this is lovely.....I have lots of success in losing weight with only low GI diets after trying every diet. So its fantastic I can try new things. Thank you good food.
Miss_Mcvicar
23rd Jun, 2013
I cooked this for three hours as I find strip beef to be tough and I don't like the taste of it. After three hours, the beef was delicious. I also added additional herbs / seasoning to add more depth - smoked paprika, Italian herbs, thyme etc. Added tomato purée too. Delicious - will definitely make again. I know I wouldn't have enjoyed it if I'd only cooked it as per the method - the beef would've been horrible.

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