An oval casserole dish filled with a slow cooked beef and parsnip stew with a side of mashed potato

Beef and ale stew with parsnips

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This hearty stew pairs beef shin with parsnips and ale. Serve with creamy mash on the side for a warming winter dinner


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  • shin of beef 1kg, cubed
  • plain flour 2 tbsp
  • sunflower oil 2 tbsp
  • onions 2, finely chopped
  • celery 1 stick, finely chopped
  • parsnips 500g, chunkily diced
  • garlic 2 cloves, chopped
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • bay leaves 2
  • ale 500ml bottle
  • chicken stock 750ml
  • flat-leaf parsley to serve
  • mashed potato to serve


  • Step 1

    Toss the cubed shin of beef with well-seasoned plain flour. Heat the sunflower oil in a large casserole and brown the beef, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side until really golden brown, then scoop out onto a plate. Add the onions, celery and parsnips with a pinch of salt, and cook for 10 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato purée and bay leaves, and cook for 2 minutes before pouring in the ale and chicken stock.

  • Step 2

    Return the beef to the pan, season and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, put on a lid and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes before removing the lid to cook for a further 1 hour 30 minutes. The meat should be meltingly tender and the sauce reduced – if not, cook for another 15 minutes. Sprinkle over a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley and serve with mashed potato.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 587
  • Fat 22.8g
  • Saturates 7g
  • Carbs 29.4g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Fibre 9.6g
  • Protein 55.2g
  • Salt 1.3g