Italian-style beef stew

Italian-style beef stew

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(136 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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Steve Cooper
14th Aug, 2012
Quick and simple, being a lover of spice we added a little kick to steak in the form of some Cayenne pepper. Probably need to add a little cornfloyr to the mix as previous have said, we didn't and the sauce is a little on the runny side.
12th Jul, 2012
I really enjoyed making this! It tasted great, especially with halved green olives added. I did have to reduce the sauce a lot as I added extra wine!
9th Jul, 2012
Rather than tinned tomato's i use 8 large fresh tom's and some puree. It came out superbly.
ela_yar's picture
9th Jul, 2012
Quick and simple. I added extra mushrooms, carrots and one small courgette.
30th Jun, 2012
Lovely meal, however I found the garlic over powering. Would it be ok to leave the garlic out completely? Can someone suggest a substitute? Thanks.
17th May, 2012
Really enjoyed this, I added a second tin of chopped tomatos and also reduced the liquidity by cooking a little longer... very tasty and easy recipie
deadgirl81's picture
8th May, 2012
"Serves 4 - Easily doubled" everyone else making the "serves 2" part up - coz I'd be serving this for 3?
5th May, 2012
very nice - put it in the slow cooker for an afternoon - melted! I also seasoned the beef in flour before browning off for flavor and to thicken the sauce.
3rd May, 2012
Hi Zo - actually, it claims to serve 4 (just under where it says EASY), but it certainly doesn't. 2 is more like it. Mine was runny and athough it tasted OK it wasn't an attractive-looking dish - nothing like the picture. Two stars only - one for tasting OK and one for being quick & easy to make, but I wouldn't want to do it again.
21st Apr, 2012
dead simple to make and it smells yummy cooking - the comments on here about blandness and lack of flavour have been taken on board and I have dabbled around with what I have in the kitchen so we will see what happens. Tummy rumbling......


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