Guiso de carne y fideos (beef stew with pasta)

This argentine beef stew with pasta called guiso de carne y fideos (guiso is pronounced giso) takes me back to my childhood instantly and it is absolutely to die for! It is healthy, filling, super easy to make AND a ONE POT DISH!

Guisos are stews which can be made from different type of meat, but mostly beef or chicken and can either be made with pasta or rice. They key difference between a guiso and a Bolognese for example is that the pasta is cooked in the actual stew so it absorbs all the amazing flavours – simply WOW!!!

Guisos are influenced by our large Italian heritage and therefore include lots of herbs such as oregano, basil and bay leaves.

I am super excited to be sharing this recipe as it is an everyday recipe, easy and just so so yummy!


This recipe yields 4 good portions!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chopped medium onions
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 700g beef chunks
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1/2 chopped red pepper
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 beef stock dissolved in 700ml hot water (I use Knorr rich beef stock pot but any would do)
  • good bunch of fresh oregano – cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • few bay leaves
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 400g of dried pasta – ensure that it is a pasta such as rigatoni, penne, fusilli which are good at absorbing sauce ( I used rigatoni pasta)
  • Water – volume dependent on thickness of sauce
  • Parmesan cheese (OPTIONAL) – for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Sweat onions and garlic cloves until cooked.
  2. Once the onions and garlic are cooked, add the beef chunks and stir until browned.
  3. Add grated carrot and continue to cook for a further minute.
  4. Add salt, pepper, fresh oregano, paprika, mixed herbs and continue to stir.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped pepper, bay leaves and stock. Stir and cover.
  6. Reduce temperature and cook for 20-30 minutes, checking every once in a while and stirring.
  7. Once beef chunks are cooked and softer, add the pasta into the sauce. At this stage you will need to add some water to the sauce for the pasta to cook in – don’t add too much water though!
  8. Cover and cook pasta in the sauce – it will usually take slightly longer for the pasta to cook in the sauce than it would in plain water. Ensure that you continue to stir the guiso to ensure the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan!
  9. Once the pasta is cooked, it is ready to serve. Make sure you sprinkle lots of parmesan cheese on top whilst serving! 🙂

I hope you have a go at this super delicious, easy, healthy and filling recipe and do let me know your thoughts once you have tried it!

Buen provecho! 🙂

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