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My Mum's Beef Stew - The Best Good and Filling

My Mum's Beef Stew is the best. What with the cold weather and the way things are with money everywhere these days, this stew can feed up to eight people served with bread and potatoes. Apart from giving it a stir now and then it can look after itself most of the time too. So please don't be put off by the long list of ingredients.

This amount will serve 4 very hungry people easily, but served with bread or boiled potatoes you could easily serve eight. You can also freeze it in portions if you wanted to and all it would require once defrosted is reheating! It's cooked on the oven top over a really low heat.

Beef Stew and Dumplings

Some pulses need to be soaked overnight, see the packet instructions. You can speed this up by boiling rapidly in plenty of water for ten minutes and then leave to soak for just a couple of hours.

If you do not soak them they could end up hard and inedible wasting the whole stew.

Yield: 4-8

Beef Stew and Dumplings

My Mum's Beef Stew is the best! This stew can feed up to eight people served with bread and potatoes.Apart from giving it a stir now and then it can look after itself most of the time too. So please don't be put off by the long list of ingredients.


1 tablespoon pearl barley - soaked and drained beforehand
2 tbsp of dried mixed pulses - soaked and drained beforehand
600g braising steak
Approx 800 ml water
4 carrots - sliced
2 onions - sliced
2 stalks celery - sliced into chunks
400g can of Heinz classic vegetable soup
400g can of Oxtail soup
1/2 a 62 g packet of Knorr minestrone soup mix - needed towards the end for thickening
1x 62g pack Knorr oxtail soup mix - also needed for thickening
1 small handful of macaroni or pasta shapes
2 Oxo beef cubes
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce


Get a very large saucepan with a lid or a large casserole with a lid.

Trim the braising steak if you need to of any fat and cut into bite size pieces and put into the casserole along with approx. 800 ml of water. Just see how far up your saucepan this water goes to. You may want a little more.

Remember, you will add flavour and thicken the stew more towards the end when you add the packet soup mixes.

Bring to the boil and remove any scum that might have formed from the meat with a spoon and discard.

Add the cans of vegetable and oxtail soup along with the carrots, celery, onions, pearly barley and mixed pulses.

Bring back to the boil then turn down to a simmer. Add the Oxo cubes, macaroni/pasta and stir.

Partly cover with a lid and simmer over a low heat for 3 hours stirring occasionally.

* DO NOT mix the packet soups as per their instructions. You want them only to thicken and flavour the stew. Instead; mix them in a cup with little more than half a cup of cold water to form a thick paste - gradually add to the simmering pan stirring all the time to avoid any lumps.

Simmer for a further hour. There is no need to be exact with the cooking times - all you need to do is make sure the meat is cooked and tender.

Braising/Casserole steak should be cooked an at least 3 hours - the longer the better or it will be tough.

You shouldn't need to thicken any more.

Add another OXO or a little more Worcestershire sauce if you need more flavour, which it really shouldn't do if you used all the soups mentioned.

Add a little more water if you need to (if it looks too thick).

Finally make the dumplings following the instructions on the pack. 'Atora' shredded suet mix is the best. When the dumpling mix is ready put the dumplings on top of the simmering stew to cook for about 25 minutes.

You don't need to serve with anything else apart from nice fresh bread, but if you want it to stretch further just serve with boiled potatoes.

This stew can be kept in a fridge and reheated the next day if you want to, or it can even frozen.
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  1. Nothing beats mom's recipes - right! This looks so good and hearty!


  2. That looks like a very warming stew Jan. We needed this type of food to keep us warm this week.

  3. Delicious looking comfort food Jan! You cannot beat a stew like mom's! Mom's are the best cooks don't you think?

  4. I love that mum uses barley...it's delicious, healthy, cheap and did I say delish?


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