My dad used to make this when he was in the Spanish Military. They ate this morning, noon and night. I was brought up on it and missed it when I left home. Now I cook it for my family and they love it. This stew is called 'Patatas Guisadas' but we renamed it 'Army Soup'.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1⁄2 onion, finely diced
- 1⁄2 green capsicum, finely diced
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 500 g rump steak, cubed
- 5 large potatoes, cubed into medium sized chunks
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1⁄2 Japanese pumpkin, chopped into large chunks (Or your favourite pumpkin)
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons beef stock powder
- 7 cups water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon powdered imitation saffron
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄4 cup dry sherry
- Heat oil in a large pot.
- Saute onion, garlic, capsicum and tomato.
- Add beef and cook until browned.
- Add sherry and let it reduce a little and add some of the water to cover the beef.
- Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
- A pressure cooker takes less time.
- Add rest of the ingredients and water and bring to the boil.
- Lower heat and simmer for a further 1 hour or until potato is soft and soup appears thickened.
- If using a pressure cooker, follow steps 1 to 4 then follow step 7 and place lid on pressure cooker and time from when the pressure starts to build up and shake the cap for 12 minutes cooking time on medium heat.
- Sometimes when using a pressure cooker it becomes quite watery. If you like to thicken up the soup just use 1 tablespoon of corn flour mixed with a little water and stir into the soup until thickened.
Excellent soup and easy to make too. In order that my picky eaters would eat this, after cooking the tomato(which I peeled), I pureed them. I did use a whole onion as mine were small and cooked it in broth not oil. This is definitely comfort food. Thanks for the recipe.
This was a really good comfort food. I made mine without the pumpkin, because I didn't have any and it was still really good. Thanks for the great recipe.