Italian-style beef stew

Italian-style beef stew

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(166 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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4th Jan, 2014
2nd Jan, 2014
Also made the suggested changes - added in some red wine, garlic, chilli, passata and a beef stock cube. Used some Angus beef pieces on special offer in Tesco. Cooked for about 4 hours on a very low heat. For last 20 minutes I threw in some wholewheat fusilli pasta which cooked in the liquid and thickened everything up nicely. Very tasty.
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26th Sep, 2013
Made this for tea last night for the other half and myself. Dead quick and easy to make and was really tasty. I read through the other comments before cooking and made a few changes; I used sirloin steak, added a couple of teaspoons of smoked paprika, a teaspoon of oregano, salt and pepper and a few generous splashes of wine (I left out the olives). I simmered it for 15 mins as instructed and then left it in the oven for 45 mins at 160c. Served it with cheddar cheese mash and it was delicious.
18th Sep, 2013
I tasted this out of the pan as it was cooking, and it was a bit bland. I threw in a teaspoon of smoked spanish paprika and three teaspoons of chipotle paste, which certainly sorted out the flat flavour! Might restrain it to two teaspoons of chipotle paste next time... The spice obliterated the rosemary already in there but I was glad of the flavour. Also left it in the oven for about an hour at 160 having read the other comments. Even though I'd used rump steak it needed it to soften the meat to proper stew consistency. I wouldn't give the original recipe much in the way of stars but look again, pack it with some punch and you've got a versatile dish that will feed 3 hungry people with minimal carbohydrate to pack it out, or 4 if it's with a large baked potato or lots of cous cous/pasta/whatever.
30th Aug, 2013
Simple and very good. Done it with mashed potatoes
26th Aug, 2013
I bought decent steak, followed the recipe and then cooked it in the oven for half an hour to reduce the sauce - delicious.
16th Aug, 2013
A few changes I made: Rump steak instead of normal beef + a stock cube + add some pasata as well as a tin of tomatoes + Dried Itallian Herbs + a bit of chilli powder + whole button mushrooms + plum cherry tomatoes... Follow the same instructions but simmer for half hour on the hob (instead of 15mins) Then in the oven at 170 C for 45 mins - Tastes awesome with Mash!! :D
15th Aug, 2013
My husband and I really enjoyed this. I made no changes. I don't know why, but my sause did not seem watery and there was lots of flavour. Had with mash. I think the quality of beef made a difference.
6th Aug, 2013
I used 2 garlic cloves, a splash of wine and plenty of dried chilli flakes. I used a tin of cherry tomatoes and simmered it for longer than stated. It fed 3 and was delicious.
12th Jul, 2013
I made this for dinner tonight and it was very tasty. I did read some of the previous comments which led me to tweak the recipe slightly. I used rump steak which was very tender after cooking per the recipe. I added a crumbled OXO cube and a heaped tsp smoked sweet paprika. I also put 2 cloves of garlic in and omitted the olives. Will definitely make again.


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