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Tender beef and ale stew

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Delicious comfort food!

Syns: 2 per portion


  • 700 g lean casserole steak/stewing steak
  • 3 onions (finely chopped)
  • 3 sticks celery (finely chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped into small chunks)
  • 500 ml ale
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500 g passata (crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • salt and pepper
  • Low calorie cooking spray


  1. Fry the onions in low calorie cooking spray until softened (about 7 minutes) and add the celery, stir fry for a couple more minutes.
  2. Add the beef (having removed any visible fat) and fry gently until browned on the outside
  3. Add in the flour, and stir through to coat the beef.
  4. Pour in the ale and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the passata, tomato puree, crumbled beef stock cube and carrot. Season with salt and pepper and add the bay leaves.
  6. Transfer to the slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours, or low for 10-12 hours


It’s a silly thing, but I really like my beef casserole to look dark and rich so sometimes add a spoonful of dark soy sauce at the end to make it look darker! You can make this an all in one meal by adding chopped potato/and or sweet potato a couple of hours before the end of cooking.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes