Easy Beef Stew Recipe

Beef stew is a classic cold-weather dish, hearty and warming as it is. What with the price of beef these days, though, not just any stew recipe will do. This one, as developer Ting Dalton tells us, "really packs a punch in terms of flavor" due to what she describes as "a wonderful combination of thyme, garlic, red wine and Worcestershire sauce ... with beef broth and vegetables."

Rather than simmering the stew on the stovetop, Dalton prefers to bake it in the oven for several hours. This results in meat that she says is "melt-in-your-mouth tender." She also notes that once you've got the initial prep work and the first steps of browning the meat and sauteing the vegetables out of the way "you can let the oven do most of the work," although she does note that you should stir the stew every now and then as it bakes.

Assemble the ingredients for the beef stew

To make this stew, Dalton uses stew beef, which is typically beef chuck that comes pre-cubed. You can, of course, cut up your own chunks of beef if you find a bargain on chuck steak that's still all in one piece. For vegetables, she favors shallots, celery, and carrots, with garlic, thyme, and bay leaves for seasoning. Other ingredients you'll need are flour, olive oil, red wine, beef broth, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

Brown the beef

Set the oven to 300 F, then toss the beef chunks with the flour. Heat a tablespoon of oil in an ovenproof pan, then fry the beef until it is browned all over. Once browned, remove the beef from the pan and set it aside.

Cook the vegetables

Pour in the rest of the oil into the pan and fry the shallots, carrots, celery, garlic, and thyme for about 10 to 15 minutes. At this point, the vegetables should have softened somewhat. Put the beef back in the pan along with the tomato puree and wine.

Once the wine has been absorbed, add the broth, bay leaves and Worcestershire sauce, and season the stew with salt and pepper.

Bake the stew

Cover the pan with a lid, then put the stew in the oven and bake it for 3 hours or until the meat is tender. Remember to check on it and stir it now and then. It may get a bit dry as it cooks, but Dalton says, "If you feel the stew is losing too much moisture, you can add water to thin it out a bit." Once the stew is done cooking, do remember to remove those sharp bay leaves before digging in.

Dalton suggests serving the stew with mashed or roast potatoes and some type of green vegetable. She also notes that the leftovers should be good in the refrigerator for three days, but says the stew can be frozen, as well.

Easy Beef Stew Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
This easy beef stew is tender and hearty, and it makes for a comforting wintertime meal.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
3.42
hours
Servings
6
Servings
beef stew with crisscross herbs
Total time: 3.58 hours
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 sticks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F.
  2. Toss the beef cubes with the flour to coat.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat in an ovenproof pan.
  4. Fry the beef in the hot oil for 5 minutes or until browned all over.
  5. Remove the meat from the pan and add the remaining oil. Fry the shallots, carrots, celery, garlic, and thyme for 10 to 15 minutes, until the vegetables soften.
  6. Return the beef to the pan, then stir in the tomato puree and wine.
  7. Cook until the wine has been absorbed, then add the broth, bay leaves, and Worcestershire sauce, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cover the pan with a lid and bake the stew in the preheated oven for 3 hours, or until the meat is tender.
  9. Remove the bay leaves and serve the stew while warm.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 319
Total Fat 12.1 g
Saturated Fat 3.7 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 95.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 13.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Total Sugars 4.6 g
Sodium 883.7 mg
Protein 36.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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