Italian-style beef stew

Italian-style beef stew

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(176 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 choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 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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26th Mar, 2013
Tasteless and boring, would not cook this recipe again.
18th Aug, 2013
Instead of complaining, why not think what you could do to improve a meal that may not be to your taste first time - like some others do. Your complaint once was enough but a second time at 03:13????
24th Feb, 2013
Really easy recipe, really tasty.
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4th Feb, 2013
Scrummy! I coated the beef in seasoned flower before browning with the onions then added a hefty splash of red wine. I then added the rest of the ingredients plus a jelly stock cube. I left it in the oven at 160 for an hour then 30 minutes with the oven turned off. Served it with shallot & garlic cous cous and it was gorgeous! Deffo making again!
1st Feb, 2013
Wife and i both liked this. I cooked it for 20mins longer, used dried rosemary, no olives (sadly). Served it with mustard mash (dijon) which tasted great. Meat was a little tough so will sort this next time.
30th Oct, 2012
I am going try this at weekend going to cook Saturday and warm in the slow cooker Sunday. Has anyone popped chick peas in ?
18th Oct, 2012
Definitely not enough to feed 4 hungry bellies, so I added an extra half of all ingredients the 2nd time I cooked it. Used rump steak, perfect for a nice quick stew as it goes tender quite quickly. Also, around 30mins on med-rapid simmer is best for a good reduced sauce! Served with sweet potato mash = über healthy!
9th Oct, 2012
Lovely recipe! Added beef stock. peas and carrots and served it with new potatoes :) Left it in the oven for 45 mins. Healthy and happy meal!
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22nd Sep, 2012
I thought this was 'ok'. Admittedly I accidentally added too much corn flour in an attempt to reduce/thicken the sauce and it came out a bit sludgy. It tasted ok but not enough for me to make it again.
17th Sep, 2012
Easy and quick. I added extra garlic and some dried Italian herbs. A tasty recipe the all the family liked.


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