Hearty Beef Stew: A Culinary Classic

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Hearty Beef Stew: A Culinary Classic

Beef stew is a timeless comfort food, perfect for chilly days or a satisfying family meal. It’s a versatile dish that allows for customization with your favorite flavors and ingredients. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to the pot and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes per side. Remove beef from the pot and set aside.

  2. Add onion, carrots, and celery to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.

  3. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another minute. Stir in beef broth, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.

  4. Add potatoes to the pot and simmer for an additional 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Return beef to the pot and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until beef is tender.

  5. Stir in frozen peas (if using) and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  6. Serve hot with crusty bread or rice.


  • You can use other vegetables in your stew, such as parsnips, turnips, or green beans.
  • For a thicker stew, you can add a cornstarch slurry towards the end of cooking. Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water until smooth, then stir into the stew and cook until thickened.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for longer storage.

Additional notes:

  • This recipe is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional cooking advice.
  • Always follow safe food handling practices when preparing and cooking food Dreamfordarfur.org/.

I hope this helps you create a delicious and satisfying beef stew!

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