Beef Stew

  • 10MINS
  • 1HR
  • 513KCAL
Easy Peasy Beef Stew pinchofnom.com
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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories513
  • Carbs20g
  • Protein48g
  • Fat26g
  • Saturates10g
  • Sugars7g

Stew is the ultimate winter comfort food – and with the winter weather often lasting well into April here in the UK, that’s plenty of opportunity to make the most of a good stew recipe!

This Beef Stew makes use of a great piece of equipment for your kitchen – the Instant Pot – which ensures that the beef in this recipe comes out really tender and delicious. It cooks everything perfectly (even the veg) in just 35-40 minutes – giving you more time to sit back and relax on those chilly winter nights.

This recipe is perfect for making in batches and freezing for a quick-fix when you’re in need of something filling and warming.

What diets is this Beef Stew suitable for?

This Beef Stew recipe can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Beef Stock

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 Stew recipe?

  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Beef Stew recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

It’s super tasty and filling so you could easily serve half a portion and enjoy it with extra vegetables or a side salad!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Beef Stew?

Sunflower or rapeseed oil flavours are ideal for this Beef Stew recipe.

If you are feeling a little indulgent, why not pour a small glass of red wine into the stew (just be sure to count the calories) – it would turn out divine! Alternatively, you could add a red wine stock pot.

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The Instant Pot is basically a super slow cooker with a whole heap of other functions. It’s the safest pressure cooker out there – and you can have pulled pork cooked in just an hour! They’re available on Amazon, and if you follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter we’ll let you know whenever it’s on offer.

How many calories are in this Beef Stew?

There are 513 calories per portion in this Beef Stew, which means it falls into our Special Occasion category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Beef Stew is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits 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.

Step 1

Turn your Instant Pot onto “Saute” and spray some low calorie cooking spray into it and put the beef in.

Step 2

Saute until the meat is no longer pink then toss in all the veg. Don’t worry if the steak brows on the bottom, just keep stirring.

Step 3

Add in the beef stock, spices and seasonings.

Step 4

Make it bubble then place the lid on your Instant Pot – make sure it locks and press “Stew/Meat”. The setting will automatically set itself for 35 minutes on high pressure. Make sure the steam valve is closed and let it cook as indicated by the timer. It may take a while for it to come up to pressure – it’s fine!

Step 5

Once cooking is complete, your Instant Pot should automatically switch over to warm. Leave the steam valve naturally for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Open the lid and if the stew isn’t thick enough for you then add some instant mash.  We don’t find it needs thickening, but the instant mash is an option!

Step 7

Taste – if it needs more salt then add some. Better to add in more at this stage instead of over salting at the beginning. No one likes salty stew! Serve or keep on the “Keep Warm” setting until you’re ready to serve.

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How do you know when this Beef Stew is cooked?

Once cooking is complete, your Instant Pot should automatically switch over to warm. Leave the steam valve on natural release for 20 minutes.

How long can you keep Beef Stew in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it while it’s still hot.

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 Stew in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Beef Stew?

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.

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 Beef Stew?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.) Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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Beef Stew

We love stew. Yes, it falls into the winter comfort foods category but this slimming friendly Beef Stew can be eaten all year round, whatever the weather.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR
  • KCals 513
  • Carbs 20G
WW Points
  • 6 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 kg stewing steak all fat removed and diced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large courgette chopped
  • 4 large potatoes chopped into chunks
  • 4 large carrots chopped
  • 500 ml beef stock made with 500ml/2 cups water and two beef stock cubes
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 small swede chopped
  • 1 large leek chopped
  • 1 stick celery chopped

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Instructions

  1. Turn your Instant Pot onto “Saute” and spray some low calorie cooking spray into it and put the beef in
  2. Saute until the meat is no longer pink then toss in all the veg. Don't worry if the steak brows on the bottom, just keep stirring.
  3. Add in the beef stock, spices and seasonings
  4. Make it bubble then place the lid on your Instant Pot - make sure it locks and press “Stew/Meat”. The setting will automatically set itself for 35 minutes on high pressure. Make sure the steam valve is closed and let it cook as indicated by the timer. It may take a while for it to come up to pressure - it's fine!
  5. Once cooking is complete, your Instant Pot should automatically switch over to warm. Leave the steam valve naturally for 20 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and if the stew isn't thick enough for you then you can add some instant mash. We don't find it needs thickening, but it is an option!
  7. Taste - if it needs more salt then add some. Better to add in more at this stage instead of over salting at the beginning. No one likes salty stew! Serve or keep on the "Keep Warm" setting until you're ready to serve.

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Yvonne FinniganSunday 1st September 2019

That was amazing! I didn’t have Swede or courgette or celery but used up a red pepper I had lying in the fridge and added extra leek. I hey fresh beetroot would be great in this! Thanks for the great recipe. What did we do before Instant Pot?!

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Yvonne,

    Sounds delish! So glad you enjoyed it! ????

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KimTuesday 13th August 2019

Hi how long does this take in a slow cooker or in the oven?

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    Emma TMonday 23rd September 2019

    Hi Kim,

    This would take around 6-7 hours on low in a slow cooker, or 2-3 hours in an moderate oven.

    Hope that helps!

    Reply

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