Savory Italian Beef Stew



italian beef stew served with mashed potatoes and green beans

This savory stew is a real crowd-pleaser. Thanks Ivy Manning and Cooking Light!
Servings: 8 people (1 cup per person)

Ingredients:

  • 7 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 lbs boneless beef roast, trimmed and cubed
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 3/4 cups Tuttorosso plum tomatoes, chopped, seeded and peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 3/4 cup carrot slices

Instructions

  1. Heat a dutch oven or cooking pot with tight-fitting lid on medium-high setting.
  2. Add 1 tsp olive oil to the pot, and the chopped onion and carrot. Sauté for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and continue to cook for about 45 seconds, stirring constantly. Set vegetables aside.
  3. Sprinkle the cubed beef with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add the flour to a shallow dish and coat the beef.
  4. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the pot and sauté 1 lb of the beef for 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove and set beef aside, and repeat with the other lb, and set aside.
  5. Add the dry red wine to the pot, and bring to a boil while scraping the pot. Cook approximately 5 minutes until the wine is reduced to 1/3 cup.
  6. Return the meat and sautéed vegetables to the pot.
  7. Add the chopped tomato, beef broth, water, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, and mushrooms and bring to a boil.
  8. Cover the pot, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove cover, stir, and add the sliced carrot.
  10. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  11. Remove bay leaf and stir in the remaining ingredients before serving.


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