Syn Free Beef Celery Orzo Stew - a simple throw together meal that is perfect any day of the week.
The majority of the recipes you see right here on the blog are usually a last minute throw together meal of ingredients I have that need to be used up and this Beef Celery Orzo Stew is definitely one of those kinds of meals.
I had already picked up some stewing beef on sale earlier in the week and had a huge bunch of celery that needed to be used up.
Wanting to make it more filling, a browse of my pantry and the jar of orzo pasta was in my hand and a hearty comforting stew just seemed like the best meal to make.
Is it weird that I used to hate celery as a child? Raw or cooked it was a big no-no for me and I would always scoop it out of my mum's stew. It's funny how our tastes change as we get older.
Now I love it, I add it raw to salads, use it as crudites for dips and best of all, as a great speed choice along with other vegetables to add to stews, soups or casseroles.
Whenever I am making a big pot of soup, casserole or a stew like this Beef Celery Orzo Stew, I always get out my beloved Le Creuset Dutch Oven.
I've been collecting pieces over the last few years now in a variety of different sizes and colours and they are by far my favourite cookware I own. They can be a little on the pricier side, but they come with a lifetime guarantee, so are worth it in my opinion.
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Wondering what orzo is? It's a small oval-shaped pasta kind of like large grains of rice and perfect in dishes like soups and stews. But if you don' t have orzo on hand, you can replace with any small shaped pasta of your choosing.
How can I add a ⅓ speed foods to this Beef Celery Orzo Stew?
This yummy hearty stew is packed with celery, butternut squash and onion and is super healthy and filling. Occasionally a meal might not fully include an exact ⅓ speed foods, but remember that is okay, speeds foods are recommended, but not compulsory.
However, if you like to pack your speed foods in, then the addition of some carrot or another root vegetable like swede (rutabaga) would work really well in this dish too, you could even add in some chopped kale or spinach.
What Kitchen Items do I need to make this Beef Celery Orzo Stew?
- Measuring Scales
- Chopping Board
- Measuring Jug
- Santoku Knife
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Dutch oven pot or large casserole pot
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- 500g (17.5oz) of lean stewing beef, raw
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 4 stalks of celery, chopped
- 150g (5.5oz) of butternut squash, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 3 tbs of tomato paste
- ½ tsp of dried thyme
- ½ tsp of fennel, crushed
- ½ tsp of dried basil
- 1 tsp of smoked paprika
- 5 cups (1.2 litres) of beef stock
- ½ cup (100g) of dried orzo pasta
- cooking oil spray
- salt and black pepper
- fresh parsley, chopped
- Spray a large dutch oven or casserole pot over a medium high heat with some cooking oil spray
- Season beef with salt and black pepper
- Add the beef in to the pot in batches and lightly brown, then remove and set aside.(spray with more cooking oil spray after each batch)
- Add the onion and celery and fry for a couple of minutes until the onion is slightly translucent. Adding in a little stock to deglaze the pan and prevent any sticking.
- Add in the garlic and herbs, and fry for a further minute.
- Return the beef to the pot along with the butternut squash, smoked paprika and tomato paste and stir to coat.
- Pour in the stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat to love and cover and then simmer for 1 hour, until the meat is tender.
- Add in the orzo for the last 10 minutes until cooked.
- Season as needed with salt and black pepper and sprinkle with chopped parsley
- Serve and enjoy!!
This recipe is dairy free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Extra Easy - Syn Free per serving
- WW Smart Points - 5 per serving
*suitable for freezing
When reheated you may need to add more stock, as the pasta will thicken into the stew upon reheating.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 298Total Fat 7.3gSaturated Fat 2.5gCholesterol 85mgSodium 930mgCarbohydrates 24.8gFiber 2.9gSugar 4.9gProtein 34.6g