My Family’s Beef Stew Recipe


We all love a traditional family recipe so I thought I’d share with you my family’s beef stew recipe. Unfortunately, I no longer eat red meat but you can easily substitute the beef for chicken or even skip out the meat and have just the vegetables and add in a portion of lentils as your source of protein.

Serving: 3/4 persons


  • Large saucepan
  • Chopping knife
  • Measuring jug


  • 500g beef chunks or beef steaks (whichever is your preference)
  • 4 beef stock cubes
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 suede
  • 1 parsnip
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 large onions
  • 3/4 potatoes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 700ml boiled water


  1. Fill a large saucepan with warm water about 2/3rds of the way full, add in 2 beef stock cubes and bring to the boil.
  2. Dice beef (if not already done) and add to the stock mix, once added turn the heat down to simmer.
  3. Slice 2 large onions and add to the mix
  4. Chop carrots, suede and finely chop parsnip, then add to the mix and simmer for 45-50 minutes.

Note: at this point, there can be a froth from the beef which floats at the top of the water, scoop out with a large spoon rather than mix into the dish.

5. Meanwhile, take the measuring jug and add 700ml of boiling water, then take 2 beef stock cubes and meltdown.

6. After 45-50 minutes add the melted stock cubes to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Be careful not to over-do the salt as the flavours will add natural salts to the dish.

7. Add 1 tsp of dried parsley and 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, then stir the mixture.

8. Slice 2 leeks, and 3/4 potatoes and add to the mixture, then simmer for a further 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes taste the mixture, take off the heat and serve with a delicious bread roll.

“Bon appetite”

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