Beef & Onion Pasties

  • 10MINS
  • 1HR 25MINS
  • 306KCAL

These Beef & Onion Pasties are so good that you won't believe you can enjoy them on a slimming friendly diet plan like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories306
  • Carbs6g
  • Protein2g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.4g
  • Sugars3g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

These Beef & Onion Pasties are so tasty that you won’t believe that they’re slimming friendly!  They’re perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

Our Beef & Onion Pasties do take a little bit of work to prepare, but we promise that they’re so worth it!

The secret is to use Weight Watchers Wraps instead of pastry as they’re much lower in calories and Points and make a great substitute.  We’ve used them in a number of savoury dishes and even some sweet recipes – they’re really versatile!

These Beef & Onion Pasties are a fantastic, quick lunch but also work really well when served for dinner with some vegetables as accompaniments.

What diets are these Beef & Onion Pasties suitable for?

This Beef & Onion Pasties recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions; 

  • Weight Watchers wraps
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Beef stock cube/pot

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Beef & Onion Pasties recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Beef & Onion Pasties recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Beef & Onion Pasties recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Beef & Onion Pasties recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Beef & Onion Pasties?

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You’ll need some gravy browning for this Beef & Onion Pasties recipe.  You can find this with all of the other gravy granules and instant gravy in the supermarket.

The gravy browning in this recipe adds a rich and dark colour to the meat. You don’t have to use it but we think that it really adds that extra something! 

The Instant Pot

What can we say about this multi cooker? It’s like a slow cooker/pressure cooker hybrid, and it’s probably one of our favourite, and most used kitchen gadgets.

Just set the time, close the lid and let it do its thing. It even keeps your food warm once it’s finished cooking! How good is that?

Xanthan Gum

Finally, to keep this as low on calories as possible, we will use a low calorie thickener and works a bit like cornflour. You add it to a liquid, and it’ll help it to thicken up, but you only need to add a little! Just 1/4 of a teaspoon works the same as 1 tbsp of cornflour!

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How many calories are in these Beef & Onion Pasties?

There are 306 calories per portion in these Beef & Onion Pasties, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

These Beef & Onion Pasties are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Instructions

Step 1

Cut the ox cheeks into 2cm diced pieces and roughly dice the white onion.

Step 2

Using the Sauté function on the Instant Pot, spray the bowl with low calorie cooking spray and brown the meat and onions for around 5 minutes.

Step 3

Season the meat and onions with salt and pepper, add enough water (around 750ml – you may need more, but this will be used for the gravy to serve with!) to just cover the meat and bring to the boil continuing to use the Sauté function.

Step 4

Once the liquid is boiling, crumble in the beef stock cube and stir. Add the beef stock pot, gravy browning, Worcestershire sauce, garlic granules and onion granules and mix well.

Step 5

Place the lid onto the Instant Pot, ensure the valve is closed. Press the “Manual” button and set the time to 60 minutes.

Step 6

When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, quick release the pressure. Preheat the oven to 170ºC.

Step 7

Take the lid off the Instant Pot and turn on the Sauté function. Add in the Xanthan Gum and stir very well until the gravy and beef have thickened. You may need more Xanthan Gum depending on how much liquid you used.

Step 8

Beat the egg. Add a few spoons of meat onto on half of a wrap, and top with some sliced red onion – it’s important not to over fill the pasties or they won’t seal, or may leak when cooking. Brush some beaten egg around the edge of the wrap and fold the wrap over. Press the edge down firmly with a fork and brush the top with the beaten egg.

Step 9

Place on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Serve with your choice of accompaniment and the left over gravy!

What could I serve with these Beef & Onion Pasties?

These Beef & Onion Pasties make a really filling lunch, but we also love them served for dinner alongside the following accompaniments:

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How do you know when these Beef & Onion Pasties are cooked?

You should bake your Beef & Onion Pasties for around 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

Can I cook these Beef & Onion Pasties any other way?

Yes, you can!

We cooked the filling for our pasties in the Instant Pot which took about 60 minutes.  You could also cook the filling in the slow cooker, which should take around 5 – 6 hours.

How long can you keep Beef & Onion Pasties in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Beef & Onion Pasties in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze these Beef & Onion Pasties?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing and separate each pastry with some parchment paper..

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat these Beef & Onion Pasties?

From chilled: Pop into a moderately hot oven for around 20 minutes or until piping hot throughout – make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and then as above.

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Beef & Onion Pasties

These Beef & Onion Pasties are so good that you won't believe you can enjoy them on a slimming friendly diet plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR 25
  • KCals 306
  • Carbs 6G
WW Points
  • 8 Green
  • 7 Blue
  • 7 Purple

Ingredients

  • 4 Weight Watchers Wraps
  • 400 grams ox cheek or stewing beef
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 750 ml boiling water
  • 1 tsp gravy browning
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum

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Instructions

  1. Cut the ox cheeks into 2cm diced pieces and roughly dice the white onion.
  2. Using the Sauté function on the Instant Pot, spray the bowl with low calorie cooking spray and brown the meat and onions for around 5 minutes.
  3. Season the meat and onions with salt and pepper, add enough water (around 750ml/3 cups - you may need more, but this will be used for the gravy to serve with!) to just cover the meat and bring to the boil continuing to use the Sauté function.
  4. Once the liquid is boiling, crumble in the beef stock cube and stir. Add the beef stock pot, gravy browning, Worcestershire sauce, garlic granules and onion granules and mix well.
  5. Place the lid onto the Instant Pot, ensure the valve is closed. Press the "Manual" button and set the time to 60 minutes.
  6. When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, quick release the pressure. Preheat the oven to 170ºC.
  7. Take the lid off the Instant Pot and turn on the Sauté function. Add in the Xanthan Gum and stir very well until the gravy and beef have thickened. You may need more Xanthan Gum depending on how much liquid you used.
  8. Beat the egg. Add a few spoons of meat onto on half of a wrap, and top with some sliced red onion - it's important not to over fill the pasties or they won't seal and may leak when cooking. Brush some beaten egg around the edge of the wrap and fold the wrap over. Press the edge down firmly with a fork and brush the top with the beaten egg.
  9. Place on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Serve with your choice of accompaniment and the left over gravy!

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lindaWednesday 7th August 2019

made these pasties today and they are gorgeous, cooked the meat in a slow cooker over 5 hrs on high and they were so worth it! Love PON recipes , so does my family >

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GemmaThursday 14th February 2019

Hi
What can I use if I don’t have a instant pot? A lot of the recipes include its use.
Thanks

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TaraWednesday 14th November 2018

Hi Where can Xanthan Gum be bought?

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ThereseWednesday 31st October 2018

I haven’t got an instant pot. Can I do the filling in the slow cooker and for how long? X

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