Stuffatina Alla Romana Recipe


This low calorie Roman beef stew is truly delicious and its long cooking time deserves a big pot full. It freezes well, so no need to worry about any extra portions.

  • Recipe makes: 8 servings
  • Prep time:
    30 mins
  • Cook time: 3 hrs
  • Calories: 294
    per serving


  • 4 Tsps/20ml Oil, Olive, Average
  • 3 Rashers/42g Bacon, Streaky, Rashers, Sainsbury's
  • 3Lbs/1362g Beef, Steak, Rump, Raw, Lean, Average
  • 250ml Wine, Red, Average
  • 100g Tomato Puree, Average
  • 240g Celery, Raw, Trimmed, Average
  • 10ml Juice, Lemon, Fresh, Average
  • 12g Garlic, Raw, Average
  • 7g Stock Cubes, Beef, Average
  • 2g Pepper, Black, Freshly Ground, Average


  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces, cut the beef into 1 inch cubes and crush the garlic.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pan and gently fry the bacon until golden.
  3. Add the beef and fry over a high heat, stirring frequently, until browned.
  4. Pour the wine over the beef and bring to the boil. Keep it bubbling until the liquid has reduced by half.
  5. Finely chop 3 sticks of the celery and add to the pot. Stir in the tomato puree, lemon juice, garlic and black pepper.
  6. Add the stock cube to 1 pint of boiling water to make a stock. Pour enough of this into the pot to just cover the meat, and set the rest aside.
  7. Cover the pot and gently simmer for three hours, checking once in a while and topping up with more of the stock if necessary - to keep meat covered.
  8. 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time, cut the rest of the celery into 2 inch pieces, blanch in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain and add to the stew.
  9. Tip - Stuffatina tastes even better if you make it a day in advance and refrigerate.
  10. Serve piping hot with Tagliatelle.


Nutrition information per serving
Calories (kcal)294
Carbohydrate (g)3.1
Fat (g)11.1
Protein (g)39.5
Fibre (g)0.7
Alcohol (g)3.6
Fruit & Veg0.6

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