Hearty Winter Beef Stew

Winter stew used to make a delicious beef pie

Frosted cars, ice on the pond and Christmas decorations … all sure signs that winter is upon us. In a frosty climate it can be a challenge to simply raid the fridge and make a fulfilling meal.

So instead, make a delicious and hearty winter beef stew. Cost-effective and versatile, it warms both body and soul during the cold winter nights.
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Hearty Winter Beef Stew

20 mins preparation
5 hours slow cooking
10-12 servings
Savoy cabbage
Catena Malbec

The recipe makes enough stew for a few meals. It’s so versatile and works with many side dishes, e.g. black bean coconut rice or a simple rice and pea stir fry. It can also be used to make a filling puff pastry pie, to go with cabbage and triple cooked chips.


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Oven-proof casserole dish (with lid)
  • Frying pan (optional)
  • Kitchen tongs


  • 1kg braising steak
  • 1 onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 200g pearl barley
  • 200g button mushrooms
  • 400g tin of cannellini beans
  • 500ml red cooking wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
Parsnips, carrots, mushrooms, bay leaves, barley and onion


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 120°C/250°F.
  2. Dice the onion, carrots and parsnip. Drain the cannellini beans.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan (or direct to casserole dish if cast iron), sear braising steak all over.
  4. Add salt, pepper, onions and bay leaves and fry for a couple of minutes.
  5. If using a frying pan, transfer contents to casserole dish.
  6. Add cannellini beans, diced carrots, parsnip and mushrooms into casserole dish.
  7. Add 300ml red wine and then water to the level of the ingredients.
  8. Stir the mixture together. Cover and place in the oven.
  9. After 2 hours, remove casserole dish from oven. Add remaining red cooking wine, stir and return to oven.
  10. Continue to cook for another 2-3 hours until beef is tender and can easily be pulled apart.
  11. Serve with vegetables or other side dishes.
Stirring in the onion and bay leaves before adding other ingredients

Hints, Tips and Pictures

  1. To make a pie, buy some pre-made puff pastry sheets and bake in the oven, then place on top of pre-heated stew.
  2. The stew can be kept in the fridge and re-heated for further meals.
  3. Heat some stew up in a small saucepan and place in a pre-heated thermos flask for a hearty lunch at work.
  4. Turn the braising steak with a pair of kitcen tongs to get full searing.
    Turning the braising steak with kitchen tongs

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