Hearty beef and vegetable stew

    Hearty beef and vegetable stew


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    About this recipe: This hearty beef and vegetable stew can be made in the slow-cooker if you prefer. It is also the backbone for an excellent beef soup, if you actually have any leftovers!

    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 900g stewing or braising steak, cut into 2.5cm chunks
    • 2 large sweet onions, diced
    • 240g large chunks of celery
    • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large rounds
    • 450g crimini mushrooms, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 475ml dry red wine
    • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
    • 680g red potatoes, cut into 2.5cm chunks
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
    • 945ml beef stock
    • 475ml tomato passata

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:4hr20min  ›  Ready in:4hr50min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook beef in batches in hot oil until browned completely, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove browned beef to a plate lined with kitchen paper, keeping pan over heat and retaining the beef drippings.
    2. Cook and stir onion, celery and carrots in the retained beef drippings until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir mushrooms and garlic into the onion mixture.
    3. Pour red wine into the pan; bring to the boil while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Continue cooking the mixture until the wine evaporates, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir tomatoes into the mixture.
    4. Return beef to pan with potatoes, basil, thyme, marjoram and sage. Pour beef stock and tomato passata over the mixture. Bring the liquid to a simmer.
    5. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the beef is very tender and the sauce is thick, 4 to 6 hours.


    To create a soup from this stew, chop up vegetables and beef pieces into much smaller pieces and add vegetable stock or water until it resembles a soup. Simmer briefly, but not too high as it will make the soup extremely cloudy.

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