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Beef stew with dumplings

Beef stew with dumplings
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Ready in: Over 60 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 1
  • * Freezer friendly
  • Syns per serving:

For the ultimate comfort food on a cold night, you can’t beat a good stew – and our light dumplings steal the show!


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 700g lean beef steak, visible fat removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 turnips or 1 swede, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 600ml hot beef stock
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs

for the dumplings

  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g vegetable suet
  • Small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3.
  2. Spray a large non-stick casserole pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned. Add the garlic, onions, carrots, turnips or swede, stock and dried herbs. Season lightly, cover tightly and cook in the oven for 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, put the flour, suet and parsley in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 2-3 tablespoons cold water and mix well to make a soft dough. Season well and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each one into a ball and set aside.
  4. When the stew has been cooking for 2 hours, remove the lid and place the dumplings on top. Cook uncovered for a further 20-25 minutes.
  5. Divide the stew and dumplings equally between 4 bowls and serve with your favourite vegetables.

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