Classic Beef Stew

An absolute belter of a dish when the cold starts to bite, this dish is so quick and easy to prepare, letting the oven do all the cooking so you can get on with other things. Just as easy to prepare in a slow cooker as well, either for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low. A perennial family favourite.

Classic Beef Stew

A winter classic, braised beef with vegetables and gravy.
5 from 1 vote
Print Recipe
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4
Calories 366 kcal

Equipment

  • Large casserole dish with lid

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 celery sticks chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 300 g button mushrooms
  • 1 kg braising beef diced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp mushroom ketchup
  • 700 ml beef stock stock pots work well
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 spring rosemary
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas mark 3.
  • Fry the onion and celery in half the oil over a low heat, until they start to soften, then add in the carrots and mushrooms for an additional couple of minutes. Turn into a large casserole or stewing dish.
  • Turn up the heat on the frying pan, add the rest of the oil, and then brown the meat in batches until it is well browned. Dust with flour for the final minute, then add to the casserole.
  • Tie the rosemary, bay leaves and thyme together, as a bouquet garni, and then add to the casserole with the remaining ingredients. Give a good stir, then pop on the lid and cook in the oven for about 2 hours, checking every half and hour or so and giving it a good stir. You may need to splash in a little more water (or wine!).
  • Remove the lid for the last 10 minutes of cooking, then remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with a buttery mashed potato with horseradish sauce mixed through.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Classic Beef Stew
Amount per Serving
Calories
366
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
59
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
640
mg
28
%
Potassium
 
1541
mg
44
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
40
g
80
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
366
Keyword Comfort food, Warming, Winter
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