Beef Stew with Garlic Bread Topping

Use a cheap cut of beef, such as chuck or brisket, for a beef stew and you can create a filling dish that everyone will love. The secret? Cook it for longer as it helps to soften the connective tissues in the meat so that tougher cuts become soft and les

by Quick Cook One Pot Meals |

Preparation Time

30 Minutes






Blend the cooked beef and carrot until smooth – add some of the gravy if necessary

Finger Food

Serve up pieces of the garlic bread (scrape some of the garlic butter off if your baby doesn’t like it) with chunks of beef


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 400g beef steak, cut into chunks

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 carrot, sliced

  • 1 celery stick, sliced

  • 1 tsp tomato purée

  • 2 tsp plain flour

  • handful of chopped thyme

  • 100ml red wine

  • 200ml hot beef stock

  • ½ ready-made garlic bread baguette, sliced

  • salt and pepper

This stew is super-speedy so ideal for a quick, warming dinner. The garlic bread soaks up the flavours, too

1. Heat half the oil in a flame proof casserole dish over a high heat. Add the beef and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden, then remove from the pan and set aside.

2. Add the remaining oil and cook the onion, carrot and celery for five minutes until softened.

3. Stir in the tomato purée, flour and thyme, then pour in the wine (the alcohol will evaporate and cook for 2-3 minutes until reduced by half.

4. Add the stock and simmer for 15 minutes, then return the meat to the pan.

5. Arrange the garlic bread slices on top of the stew, then cook under a preheated hot grill for three minutes until the bread is golden and crisp.

This recipe is from Hamlyn All Colour: Quick Cook One Pot Meals by Emma Lewis, published by Hamlyn, £4.99.

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us