Red wine braised beef and vegetable stew

Red wine braised beef and vegetable stew
  • Serves icon Serves 2 with leftovers
  • Time icon Hands-on time 30 min, simmering time 3½-4 hours

Meaty, comforting cooking is one of the pleasures of the cooler months. This stew recipe is quick to put together but it does have a lengthy cook time – making it perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
452kcals
Fat
14.5g (4.3g saturated)
Protein
47.3g
Carbohydrates
18.5g (10.4g sugars)
Fibre
5.7g
Salt
1.3g
Calories
452kcals
Fat
14.5g (4.3g saturated)
Protein
47.3g
Carbohydrates
18.5g (10.4g sugars)
Fibre
5.7g
Salt
1.3g

Ingredients

  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 3 small carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 750g British beef shin, diced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 250ml red wine
  • 400ml beef stock (we like Knorr)
  • Small bunch fresh thyme sprigs
  • Jacket potatoes or mashed potato to serve

Method

  1. In a deep, heavy-based casserole with a lid, heat a glug of oil over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and leek, then fry for 5 minutes until starting to soften. Add the mushrooms and garlic and fry for 4 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the beef, flour, tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce. Turn up the heat and brown the meat for a minute or so, stirring. Add the wine, bubble to reduce for 1-2 minutes, then add the stock and thyme. Bring to the boil, then turn down to the lowest setting until the stew is barely simmering. Put the lid on the pot and simmer for 3½-4 hours, stirring every 45 minutes to prevent it catching on the bottom (to cook it in the oven). Check the beef is tender, taste and season, then serve with jacket/mashed potatoes.

Use half a batch of stew, or any leftovers, to make these recipes:

Beef enchiladas

Beef cobbler

Braised beef, anchovy salsa and polenta

delicious. tips

  1. Try to buy beef shin steaks with the bone in (ask your butcher, or buy from Ocado or Waitrose). Cook the bone in the stew with the meat; the marrow gives it extra flavour. If you’d rather simmer the dish in the oven, bring it to the boil, cover and cook for 3-3½ hours at 150°C/130°C fan/gas 2.

  2. The finished dish will keep, covered in the fridge, for 3-4 days. Freeze in freezer bags or a sealed plastic container for up to 3 months.

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