Beef and vegetable pie

Beef and vegetable pie

Something for Everyone
Ben Dearnley

When I was about seven years old, my family took a winter road trip to stay with friends in Bathurst. I have the most vivid memory of arriving at their farmhouse in the evening, exhausted and cold, to be greeted with a beef pie – exactly like this one – being pulled from the oven. It was the most perfect act of hospitality and, even though I was so young, I’ve never forgotten how good it tasted.


Quantity Ingredient
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1kg chuck steak, cut into 3 cm cubes
1 brown onion, finely diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
3 thyme sprigs, (optional)
400g tinned lentils, rinsed and drained
or 150g fresh or frozen peas
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, just thawed
milk, for brushing


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add half of the beef and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Repeat with another 2 teaspoons of the oil and the remaining beef.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the pan with the onion, carrot and garlic and cook for 6 minutes, or until softened. Return the beef to the pan, stir in the tomatoes, then add the thyme sprigs (if using) and 125 ml water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours, or until the beef is tender. Discard the thyme sprigs and stir through the lentils or peas. At this stage you can set aside your baby’s serve.
  3. Transfer the remaining mixture to a 1.5 litre capacity baking dish and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180ºC. Press the pastry over the beef, tucking in the edges. Brush the top with a little milk and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, reserve some of the beef pie filling and blend until smooth, adding as much liquid (water or your baby’s milk) as needed to achieve the desired consistency. For an older baby, keep the puréed consistency more textured or simply chop up the beef pieces and serve as is.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as is, ensuring the pie is cool enough to eat, and chopping the beef into smaller pieces if needed.
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