Slow cooked beef with gnocchi

You can try using different pasta types with this melt-in-the-mouth meat and rich tomato sauce recipe by Simply Beef and Lamb
Slow cooked beef with gnocchi
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 450 g lean boneless shin or chuck steaks, cut into 2.5cm/1inch cubes
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped or crushed
  • 2 x 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 200 ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
  • 1 tsp light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400 g gnocchi
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish


1. Place the beef in a large plastic food bag. Add the seasoning, cayenne and paprika; seal, shake well to coat the beef in the spices.

2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Cook the beef for 4-5 minutes in batches until brown on all sides. Transfer to a 1.7 litre heatproof casserole pot.

3. In the same frying pan, cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Spoon into the casserole pot. Add the tomatoes and stock, cinnamon, sugar and tomato purée. Bring this to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2-2½ hours.

4. 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time add the gnocchi. Garnish with the parsley and serve with crusty bread.

This recipe is from Simply Beef and Lamb

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