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Irish beef and Guinness stew

2 hours 45 minutes
6 servings
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No need to save this Irish classic for just St. Patrick's day—enjoy this as a satisfying supper any time of the year.

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cooking spray*
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped (about 1½ cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2lb lean boneless beef, such as eye of chuck or top round, all visible fat removed and cut into 1in chunks
3 tbsp tomato paste
4-5 medium carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
3 celery stalks, cut into in ½pieces
1 (14.9oz) can Guinness
½ cup beef broth
1½ cups frozen pearl onions
1 level tbsp brown sugar
Small handful of fresh parsley, chopped, to serve
*Please note up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional 5 sprays used.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a large ovenproof Dutch oven with cooking spray* and place over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring often, until nearly tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beef and sprinkle with ½ tsp each salt and pepper. Cook, tossing often, for 3–4 minutes, until the beef starts to turn white in spots. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the meat.
  3. Sir in the carrots, celery, Guinness and broth and bring to a boil. Cover, place in the oven and bake for 1¾ hours. Uncover, stir in the pearl onions, and bake, uncovered for 30–40 more minutes, until the meat is tender and the juices are slightly reduced.
  4. Remove from the oven and stir in the brown sugar. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve hot. 

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