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Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Old Fashioned Beef Stew

A Comforting Classic: Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

There's nothing quite like a hearty bowl of Old-Fashioned Beef Stew to warm you up from the inside out. This classic winter dish is not only delicious and comforting, but also easy and affordable to make, making it a perfect weeknight meal.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • A Timeless Treasure: This recipe captures the essence of traditional beef stew, offering a robust and flavorful experience. It's a testament to the enduring appeal of simple, comforting food.
  • Easy Does It: Don't be intimidated by stews! This recipe comes together with minimal effort, requiring just a handful of steps and minimal prep time.
  • Budget-Friendly Feast: Beef stew is a fantastic way to stretch your grocery budget. Stew meat is a readily available and affordable cut of beef, and the simple ingredients make this a cost-effective meal.
  • Flavor Booster Tip: For an extra layer of flavor, consider making the stew a day ahead. The flavors have a chance to meld and mature, resulting in an even more delicious experience when reheated.
  • One-Pot Wonder: This recipe is a one-pot meal, simplifying cleanup and minimizing dishes.
  • Endless Variations: While this recipe offers a delicious base, feel free to customize it with your favorite vegetables or seasonings!
  • Leftover Love: Beef stew is a champion of leftovers. The flavors tend to develop even further the next day, making it a great option for meal prepping.

Ingredients:

  • Building the Base:

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Liquid Love:

    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups beef broth
  • Seasoning Symphony:

    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Vegetable Medley:

    • 4 cups cubed potatoes
    • 2 cups chopped carrots (or turnips, if desired)
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
    • 1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 cup chopped turnip (optional)
    • 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Brown and Beautiful: Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the beef stew meat and cook until browned on all sides. Sprinkle the flour over the browned beef and stir to coat.

  2. Liquid Gold: Pour in the water, beef broth, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, allowing the flavors to meld.

  3. Vegetable Symphony: Add the potatoes, carrots (or turnips), and dried rosemary to the pot. Stir to combine and simmer for an additional 1-2 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.

  4. Fresh Flavor Finish: In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the fresh corn kernels and green beans. These more delicate vegetables don't require as much cooking time.

  5. Serve and Savor: Once the stew is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, ladle into bowls and enjoy! Serve with crusty bread or rolls for dipping into the delicious stew juices.

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