Beef & stout stew with carrots

Sweet, slow-cooked melty carrots and beautifully tender meat, this dish is comfort in a pot

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:3 hrs
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 562
  • Carbohydrate 26
  • Fat 23
  • Fiber 6
  • Protein 58
  • Saturated Fat 8
  • Sodium 1.5
  • Sugar 20


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg stewing beef, cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 10 carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml can Guinness
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • pinch of sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • big thyme sprig
  • Creamy parsnip mash, to serve (see recipe below)


Creamy parsnip mash
Boil 900g potatoes with 3 peeled, chopped parsnips for 15 mins until tender. Drain well, then mash with a large knob of butter and 4 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream. Season with salt and pepper and serve piping hot.


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat the oil in large lidded casserole dish, brown the meat really well in batches, then set aside. Add the onion and carrots to the dish, give them a good browning, then scatter over the flour and stir. Tip the meat and any juices back into the dish and give it all a good stir. Pour over the Guinness and crumble in the stock cube. Season the stew with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Tuck in the herbs and bring everything to a simmer.

  2. Cover with a lid and place in the oven for about 2½ hrs until the meat is really tender. The stew can now be chilled and frozen for up to 3 months – defrost completely before reheating until piping hot. Leave the stew to settle a little, then serve with Creamy parsnip mash for a true celebration of winter vegetables.