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Beef casserole in an oval orange cast iron dish

Beef casserole

This beef casserole or stew consists of a variety of chunky vegetables cooked together with pulses and meat. Totally delicious and so comforting. The perfect easy family dish for any day.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine European Cuisine, World Cuisine
Keyword beef dish, beef stew, comfort food, meat and veg casserole, stew, winter comfort dish
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 472kcal
Cost £2 per portion


  • pot (stove and ovenproof)
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • wooden spoon


  • 1 kg beef (2.2 lb) cubed (use some bones too)
  • 800 ml water (27 fl oz) or beef stock
  • 150 g lentils (5.3 oz) (mixed) *
  • 100 g flat beans (3.5 oz)
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1/2 large celeriac
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 small peppers (red or green)
  • 1/2 medium butternut squash
  • 1/2 swede
  • 3-4 sticks celery
  • 3 medium potatoes cut into halves or thirds
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 small leek
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 can chopped tomatoes (canned), chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Moroccan spices see notes **
  • 1 chili red or green (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil optional ***


  • Preheat the oven at 190°C or 375°F.
  • Wash and chop, dice and cut all the vegetables and the meat. Set aside on a chopping board or a plate grouped.
  • Place the pot on medium fire, add the meat chunks, the chopped onion, leek, chopped celery sticks, bay leaves, sliced carrots, cut into larger pieces flat beans and the potato chunks, celeriac, thyme and the crushed and chopped garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes tossing from time to time. Add some salt too.
  • Add the water or stock add some salt and increase the heat to high.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients, the mixed lentils, tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, paprika and spices. Mix well and transfer into the oven. Do not cover but make sure your dish is not too full as it will make a real mess in the oven.
  • Cook for 45-50 minutes until the liquid has reduced quite a bit.
  • When ready, take out carefully using oven gloves. Serve while hot and optionally sprinkle some chillies over and fully savour it. You can serve this on rice too if you like.


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 886mg | Potassium: 1384mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8835IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 6mg