Beef stew normally is thought of a fall or winter kind of meal, but to me I really enjoy the comforting flavors all year long. It's easy to make and because it's made slow, yet over the stove top, it's flavor is out of this world -- we BARELY have left overs anytime we make it! Bonus -- it's perfect as part of a clean eating lifestyle!
This recipe is the type of recipe that you do have to plan out because the cooking time is long, but the actual prep work is short. It's the perfect meal to cook when laundry is going, homework is being worked on, or other household chores are being completed. I also use homemade beef broth made in a crock pot beforehand. I would recommend you do the same or at the very least pick-up some organic beef/bone broth. This dish works great when you make it on the weekend and pop it in the fridge for later that week or even freeze it for later.
And if you're looking to indulge a bit, pop some dumplings on top of it at the very end. I rarely do that because that's more work and I'd eat all the dumplings....but that's always an option!
2 lbs cubed beef stew meat
3 tbsp cooking oil (EVOO)
4 cups beef bone broth
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 large potatoes, cubed
4 carrots, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, diced (optional)
2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 teaspoons cold water
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, add oil and cook meat over medium heat until brown. Once browned, add the beef broth, rosemary, parsley, and black pepper. Bring the stew to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
- Stir in vegetables. Dissolve cornstarch or arrowroot powder into water and add to stew. Cover and simmer for 1 additional hour or until vegetables are fork tender.
- I never peel the potatoes or carrots. One, I'm lazy, and two, there are lots of nutrients in the peels.
- I don't usually use an onion, but I'm sure it would make the flavor even better.
- And 2 teaspoons of cold water usually isn't quite enough water for me to get the cornstarch dissolved. I just add a smidge or two more.....yes, "smidge" is a technical term. HA!
- If you like peas, they make a fabulous add-in ingredient!