Flavours of WUR: Romanian pea stew

Razvan Costache, a Master's student of Plant Sciences, cooks Romanian stew.
Razvan Costache, a Master’s student of Plant Sciences

The WUR community is home to all the flavours of the world. Razvan Costache (24), a Master’s student of Plant Sciences, shares a recipe for an easy Romanian stew.

‘My mum used to make this recipe almost every week when I was a child. Most Romanian recipes usually take a lot of preparation and many hours to cook, but this one is an easy dish that makes feel like I’m at home.’

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 500g peas
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-5 cloves of garlic (to taste)
  • 100 ml tomato sauce
  • 300g beef
  • Sunflower oil, salt, pepper, paprika, dill


  1. Chop the onion and the garlic and dice the carrots.
  2. Cut the beef into small pieces.
  3. Heat a little sunflower oil in a large pan and add the meat.
  4. Fry the meat for 3 minutes and add the chopped onions, garlic and carrots.
  5. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste and fry for 5 minutes.
  6. Mix in 100 ml of tomato sauce and then add water until everything is covered.
  7. Bring the water to the boil and boil for 15-20 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  8. Add the peas and 100 ml of water and boil until the sauce is reduced again.

Add salt, pepper, and dill to taste.

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