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Simple Beef Stew

Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth with red wine and herbs.Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth ~ The Complete SavoristFall has a distinct feel and smell to it.  You know what I am talking about.  You wake up one morning and the air is crisper, yet has a fullness to it.  The leaves have begun to lose their green, giving way to the most brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red.

It’s also a time when the cardigan section of my closet (yes, I have a cardigan section, don’t you?) becomes rather thin. Within a week most are found in the back seat of my car due to the coolish mornings but warmer afternoons.

My birthday is in fall, my favorite holiday is in fall, and my favorite shopping season is in the fall. Fall is just fun.
Food in the fall is also glorious. Soups and stews come out, bet yet you can still grill a burger.  Winter greens and hearty root veggies fill the stalls at the market. I can go on and on.  While I have been known to make a soup during the summer, it seems it’s become my tradition to make a beef stew to kick my autumn off.
My recipes for beef stew are as varied as my red sauce or meat loaf recipes. I felt for my first fall on the blog, I should start with what I call Simple Beef Stew. A few vegetables, chunks of beef, some herbs and red wine, toss a lid on it and dinner is ready in four to six hours. All my veggies were purchased at my local farmer’s market. The carrots were just too cute to want to cut up, so I left the majority of them whole.

Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth ~ The Complete Savorist

Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth ~ The Complete SavoristSimple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth ~ The Complete Savorist
Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth ~ The Complete Savorist

Simple Beef Stew

Course: Soups & Stews
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth of red wine and herbs

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb stewing beef
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 1 lb red potatoes; cubed
  • 1/2 medium onion; sliced
  • 1 lb carrots , trimmed (or cut)
  • Bouquet garni (I used sage, oregano, and thyme)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (or more broth)
  • 1/8 cup fresh parsley; chopped
  • Cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Toss the beef with the salt, pepper, and cornstarch and sear in a hot pan with cooking oil.
  2. Once seared, add the beef to a slow cooker.
  3. In the hot pan, add about a half cup of the broth and deglaze the pan, pulling up all the stuck on bits. Add that to the slow cooker as well.
  4. Add the all the remaining ingredients except the parsley, cover and cook for at least four hours on medium or 6 hours on low.
  5. When finished cooking and ready to serve, garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  6. This stew also pairs perfectly with your favorite biscuit and honey-butter.

Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth ~ The Complete Savorist

Simple Beef Stew ~ Just that, a simple stew with chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, in a thick and rich broth ~ The Complete Savorist

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Erren @ Erren's Kitchen
    September 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Wow, love this! It looks so good!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Thank you Erren. Just a bit of autumn in a bowl.

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    September 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

    looks like comfort on a plate

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thanks FH, comfort is the aim in the fall.

  • Reply
    Sandi
    September 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Drooling. This will be perfect for a chilly evening!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Yes, exactly. I love chilly evenings (with warm days)

  • Reply
    Sandra Shaffer
    September 18, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Can we say comfort food!! Goodness this looks delish. Slow cooked meals are the best!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Sandra, that was the goal…comfort food! Thank you.

  • Reply
    Amy Fothergill
    September 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Ooh, want to have this tonight. Looks great!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you Amy. It’s perfect if your weather has turned.

  • Reply
    Christina
    September 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    This is the most photogenic stew I think I’ve ever seen! Too beautiful to eat, but I’m sure it’s even more delicious than it looks! Lovely!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      September 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Your comment made my day. The photography is something I agonize over. It truly was delicious.

  • Reply
    Aggie
    December 5, 2014 at 3:30 am

    I am loving those carrots whole like that! Yum! This looks delicious. I never make stews, but I know my family would absolutely love it if I did. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with then!

  • Reply
    heather @french press
    December 5, 2014 at 8:33 am

    it’s really hard to beat a classic beef stew – looks delicious

    • Reply
      Michelle
      December 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thank you…sometimes the its best to just stick with the classics.

  • Reply
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
    January 18, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Excited to discover this recipe Michelle! I need to start making more simple comfort food dishes like this stew. My birthday is in fall, too, so perhaps that is why I’m obsessed with all foods and flavors that remind me of that season.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Yay for another Fall birthday. I love the fall, I just hate it brings winter. 😉

  • Reply
    Ramya Menon
    August 10, 2015 at 1:00 am

    That and a good movie. Ultimate comfort.Great recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Yes, I agree with the good movie.

  • Reply
    Ali @ Home & Plate
    August 10, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I am all about simple. This stew sounds perfect for fall. Easy to make and delicious too. Pinning.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Ali, it is worth the little effort.

  • Reply
    Trish - Mom On Timeout
    August 10, 2015 at 8:31 am

    This is just how my Nana used to make her stew! It looks like comfort in a bowl to me 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      That was the aim, comfort food in a bowl. Thank you Trish.

  • Reply
    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    August 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Mmmmm….comfort in a bowl – you know me, the (self proclaimed) soup queen – this makes me happy just looking at it!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 11, 2015 at 12:30 am

      You are the soup queen.

  • Reply
    Angela | Mind Over Batter
    August 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Yes!! Fall does have a distinct scent to it and it’s my favorite season! I have a cardigan section and a fall boot section. I can’t wait!! Anyway, this stew looks amazing. Autumn in a bowl. I’m down with that.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 11, 2015 at 12:30 am

      I have a fall boot section too, I just pulled it out, need to be ready.

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    August 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    This looks so good! Pure comfort, and I love all the carrots 😉 I’ll keep this close on hand – can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 11, 2015 at 12:45 am

      Thank you for loving all the carrots.

  • Reply
    Christine
    August 12, 2015 at 7:30 am

    If cardigans in the backseats of cars are any indication, we’re almost there! (It’s even worse when you’ve only had your car for a week.) I can’t wait until the evenings are cool enough to dig into this stew!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 12, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      A full back seat of cardigans in a NEW car…impressive.

  • Reply
    Diana Rambles
    August 12, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    This looks absolutely fantastic!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    August 13, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Yumm that looks great!

  • Reply
    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    August 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    There is nothing like beef stew on a fall or winter evening. I’m looking forward to making this!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks Michelle, hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Christie
    August 14, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I can’t wait for this summer to go away! I want to make foods like this all the time.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 14, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      I too, am a fall food fan.

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