There are many recipes online which will show you how to make an economical winter-warming stew but this one is mine.
I bought a pack of diced beef from Iceland which retailed at £2.
This will easily serve four persons or a stew for two over successive days.
Stew is one of those cooked foods that just gets better with age. Remember to re-heat thoroughly and do not keep too long though. Like all cooked foods it can go off!
Along with the diced beef I bought a pack of potatoes for £1.49 but only used half for the stew. A vegetable stew pack that contained a few carrots, small turnip, one onion and a decent sized trimmed leek was purchased for a £1.
A quick cost then shows the basic ingredients cost me £3.74 roughly. Much cheaper than buying a handful of ready meals, more nutritious and better value for money.
So we have our ingredients let's make a pan of tasty stew:
This basic stew is very easy to prepare, cook and serve. Add other veg such as frozen peas a few minutes before serving.
Once you have mastered this very basic easy stew try adding dumplings or varying the ingredients.
Now you have mastered the basics check out Jamie Oliver's range of stews here.