To Keep You Warm on a Winter Night
When it gets cold outside we all crave hot comfort foods. It might be the only time I crave stew. I grew up eating stew on a somewhat regular basis because my father’s a fan, but I’ve never been a big stew eater and the recipe I’m about to share with is the first time I’ve ever cooked stew in my life! Can you believe it?!?!?! Shocking, I know.
So, as a complete stew newbie, I relied heavily on a recipe, as in – I followed it EXACTLY – and I never do that! But it seemed like the thing to do with something I’d never tried before. So here’s the scoop – it was easy peasy!
I started, as I often do, with diced onion in olive oil. This time they were joined by well chopped carrots and garlic. I cooked these for a several minutes before removing them from the pan, and setting aside.
Meanwhile, I’d been trimming and cubing a 2# chuck roast, which I then dusted in flour before sending into a hot dutch oven with olive oil. I browned the beef on all sides (this was done in 2 batches). It took about 5 minutes per batch of beef to get it all browned nicely. Then the beef was removed from the pan as well.
This was a meal that was simple, hearty, all cooked in one pot and made everyone pretty happy! Well, the weeone didn’t “love” it, but she ate the meat out! I’d make it again – so one set of thumbs up!
Italian Beef Stew
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
- 7 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into cubes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 3 3/4 cups chopped seeded peeled plum tomato (about 2 pounds)
- 1 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, quartered
- 3/4 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 13g (sat 3.9g,mono 0.8g,poly 6.6g)