Italian beef stew

This is a delicious, slow-cooked Italian beef stew, with red wine, thyme, bay leaf and rosemary. Serve it with pasta and a crunchy salad.

3 hours 45 minutes 6 people Main course
Italian beef stew


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  • 1 kilo of stewing beef
  • 4 small onions
  • 5 carrots
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 300 ml red wine
  • 700 ml beef stock
  • 140 grams of tomato purée
  • 1 red pepper
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • A dash of sunflower oil
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
Italian beef stew ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Chef's knife
  • Chopping board
  • Casserole
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large dish
  • Kitchen paper
  • Vegetable peeler



3 hours 45 minutes 6 people Main course

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Preparation – 15 minutes

Pat the stewing beef dry with some kitchen paper. Cut into even cubes of about 2 by 2 centimetres. Put the meat in a large bowl and add salt, pepper and a tablespoon of flour.

Stir well and add more flour if necessary, making sure that the meat is completely covered with a thin coating of flour.

Peel the onions and cloves of garlic and chop them finely. Peel 5 carrots with a vegetable peeler and cut them into slices. Wash the pepper and cut it into thin strips.

Italian beef stew
Italian beef stew

Finishing the Italian beef stew – 3.5 hours

Add a dash of sunflower oil to a casserole over medium-high heat. Add a knob of butter and let it melt. Fry the onion and garlic, then add the beef to the pan.

Fry the meat until nicely browned on all sides. Now add the sliced carrot and the pepper. Fry for a few minutes, then deglaze with 300 ml of red wine. Add 700 ml of beef stock to the pan.

Stir the tomato purée through the sauce and add 5 cloves, 3 bay leaves, 3 sprigs of thyme and 3 sprigs of rosemary. Season with pepper and salt.

Lower the heat and leave the Italian stew to simmer for 3 to 3.5 hours over low heat. Stir well every now and then.

Serve with pasta and a crunchy salad. Enjoy your meal!

Italian beef stew: frequently asked questions

Can I cook this Italian beef stew in a slow cooker?

A slow cooker is ideal if you are going to be away from home. Set the timer to 3 hours and 15 minutes, then the meat will be done and you will only need to cook some pasta to accompany it.

Can I make the sauce thicker?

The flour in this dish already thickens the sauce slightly. If you want an even thicker sauce, you can stir half a tablespoon of cornflour into a splash of water. Add this to the beef stew and the sauce will thicken.

What can I serve with Italian beef stew?

Usually pasta, a piece of bread and a crunchy salad, but boiled potatoes or rice are also very tasty accompaniments!

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