Tuscan Beef Casserole - a delicious hearty simple dish with vegetables and white beans, it's a firm family favourite.
Tuscan Beef Stew
Beef stews or casseroles always go down amazingly well in my household. It a dish that is guaranteed to get my fussy kids to eat some vegetables.
and the key to any good stew is delicious tender melt in the mouth beef with an amazingly flavoured gravy.
What is a Tuscan Beef Casserole?
Isn't it just the same as any old beef stew or casserole? I suppose it depends on who you are asking.
My mother's Irish Stew would never contain mushrooms, tomatoes or beans and while her Irish Stew was the best kind of comfort food you can think of, this Tuscan Beef Casserole is equally delicious.
Instant Pot Tuscan Beef Casserole
Own an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker? Then you can cut down the cooking time of this casserole while still getting the yummy tender meat and flavours as if it had been simmering on the stove.
If you haven’t heard of an Instant Pot you are seriously missing out. It is the best kitchen gadget I have purchased.
A 7in1 cooker, that slow cooks, pressure cooks, sautes and has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge etc
Since I bought my instant pot, I use it regularly. It comes in some handy for cooking soups, stews, casseroles, curries, and I love making extra so I can freeze at least one tub of leftovers.
How to Make Tuscan Beef Casserole
Whether you are cooking it on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot (pressure cooker), the key is browning the meat and making sure you do it in two or even 3 batches if necessary.
If you overcrowd the pan, the meat won't sear and will just boil in its juices. You want the meat to get a nice browning as it is that which will add to the amazing flavour in this casserole.
I use stewing beef (or chuck beef) which is generally the best cut of beef for any kind of stew or casserole.
As well as the beef there is also the vegetables such as onion, celery and carrots the base to any good casserole, along with tomatoes and mushrooms.
Herbs and tomato paste (puree) add to the flavour along with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Why the vinegar? It's acidic and is a great replacement for red wine, it will help deglaze the pan, to scrap all those flavours from the bottom.
The white beans you can use any type you like, I used Cannelini beans, but butter beans work really well in this dish too.
How to serve Tuscan Beef Casserole
You could quite easily dig into this dish just as it comes, the kids love it in a bowl with some crusty bread, the latter not quite Slimming Friendly. I love to serve it with my Best Ever Mashed potatoes or this Sour Cream and Spring Onion Cauliflower Mash.
It is also delicious with some rice or these Crispy Golden Potatoes.
Packed with vegetables you don't need to worry too much about the vegetables. But some extra greens on the side if you want them are perfect too, especially sauteed kale or these Sauteed Shredded Garlic Brussel Sprouts
More Casserole Recipes
Love hearty casserole recipes? Check out these:
- BEEF AND VEGETABLE CASSEROLE
- ONE POT SAUSAGE AND LENTIL CASSEROLE
- MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE
- MOROCCAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE
- CHICKEN CASSEROLE
- BRAISED BEEF
- ONE POT CAMPFIRE STEW
- BEEF AND SWEET POTATO STEW
- SLOW COOKER GUINNESS BEEF BRISKET
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This recipe was originally created on 20 February 2010 and updated on the 18 October 2019
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