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Slow cooker tomato, basil and eggplant beef

Let this rich beef stew cook away while you're busy doing other things.

395 mins
11 ingredients
$5 / person
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Slow cooker tomato, basil and eggplant beef



Serves = 4

  • 750g gravy beef, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, remove ends and papery skin then finely chopped
  • 1 eggplant, cut in half and cut into 1cm thick slices
  • 1 zucchini, cut in half and slice
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 x 410g cans chopped tomatoes (with basil and garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup Massel beef stock
  • Soft polenta, to serve

It’s this easy

  • Place beef and flour in a large snap-lock bag. Add with some pepper and a small amount of salt. Seal. Shake to coat. If you don’t have a ziplock bag stir the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Heat half the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook beef, in batches, until browned all over. Transfer to bowl of slow cooker.
  • Heat remaining oil in pan. Add onion, eggplant and zucchini. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion is softened.
  • Add garlic. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer mixture to slow cooker.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, stock and some ground black pepper.Stir to combine ingredients.
  • Cover with lid. Cook on low for 6 hours or until beef is very tender, stirring halfway during cooking. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you could place all ingredients in an oven proof dish, cover and cook in a 110°c oven.
  • Serve with polenta.


  • For some herby zing stir in some fresh basil leaves just before serving. For an extra rich curry add ½ cup wine when adding the tomatoes.


Contains: Gluten, Soy, FODMAPs.
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