Beef casserole with cheesy polenta
Time to make: 2 hrs
( Hands-on time: 15 mins )
Total cost: $ 15.40 / $ 3.85 per serve
(at time of publication)
Nutrition Info.(per serve)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 600g chuck steak or other stewing meat cut such as gravy beef, trimmed, cut in 4cm pieces
- 1 onion, cut in thin wedges
- 2 carrots, trimmed, sliced
- 400g can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 cup polenta
- 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 20g reduced-fat spread
- 4 cups steamed green beans, to serve
Total fat 15g
Saturated fat 5g
Dietary fibre 6g
1 Heat oil in a deep frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add quarter of the beef and cook for 5 minutes until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining beef.
2 Add onion and carrots to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes until onion is soft. Add tomatoes, herbs and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to the boil. Return beef to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
3 Combine cornflour and 2 tablespoons cold water in a jug or small bowl. Add to casserole. Stir until mixture thickens.
4 Meanwhile, bring 4 cups water to the boil in a saucepan. Slowly add polenta in a steady stream, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to the boil. Reduce heat to low and stir for 10-15 minutes or until polenta is soft. Stir through parmesan and spread. Spoon onto plates and top with beef casserole. Serve with beans.
Make it gluten free: Check cornflour and tomatoes are gluten free.
Hanu de Jong
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