Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sunday 17th January: Beef and puy lentil stew

I'm a bit behind with my blogging, but determined to catch up!

A couple of weeks ago the weather was still really cold, and thanks to a buy one get one free offer at Ocado, I had some stewing steak in the freezer, so I decided to make a beef stew. Here's roughly what I did.

Serves 3-4.

500g stewing steak, cut into cubes
1 onion, sliced
2 large carrots, thickly sliced
1 large leek, thickly sliced
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tbsp tomato puree
600ml beef stock
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
100g puy lentils
Salt and pepper to season

Heat a large pan/casserole to a medium-high heat, then brown the meat. Add the veg and cook for 5-10 minutes until starting to soften. Stir in the dried herbs and the tomato puree. Cook for a minute or so more. Add the beef stock and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer, add the Worcestershire sauce, cover and leave to cook for about 2 hours.

About 25 minutes before the end of cooking time, add the puy lentils. Remove the lid at this point if you want the sauce to thicken a bit. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potato.

NB. I didn't use any oil, as there was enough fat from the beef to cook everything in.

This was a pretty simple dish, but it did the job. It was much more flavourful after reheating for lunch the next day!


  1. Simple is just fine by me and this is comforting and warming on a cold day I'm sure.

    1. I don't often get the time to make over-complicated or fussy food. It's nice on the odd occasion when I do get time, but mostly I'm just trying to get something simple, tasty and nutritious on the table!