Italian Beef Stew

This is as hearty a meal as they come.  Lots of meat, veggies, and a savory broth that thickens up to practically gravy.  And, good news- it’s from Cooking Light! (January/February 2011)

I wish I had doubled the recipe…

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Ingredients:

7 tsp. olive oil, divided

1.5 cups chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 lbs. boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into cubes

3/4 tsp. salt, divided

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 cup dry red wine

3 3/4 cups chopped seeded peeled plum tomato (about 2 lbs)

1.5 cups fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth

1/2 cup water

2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano (or dried like I used)

2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

1 8-ounce package cremini mushrooms, quartered (left these out)

3/4 cup (1/4″ thick) slices carrot

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (I used dried)

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

 

Directions:

1.  Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add 1 tsp. of oil to pan.

2.  Saute chopped onion and carrot for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.  Add garlic, saute for 45 seconds, stirring constantly.  Remove everything from pan.

4.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan. 

5.  Place flour in shallow bowl. 

6.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over beef and dredge in flour.

7.  Add half of beef to pan, saute for 6 minutes, browning on all sides.

8.  Repeat with the remaining beef and remove all beef from heat.

Note: At this point I had some charring in the bottom of my pan.  Remove any really burned bits before the next step!

9.  Add wine to pan, and bring to a boil, scraping pan.  Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 5 minutes).

10.  Return meat and the onion to pan, along with tomatoes and next 6 ingredients.  Bring to a boil. 

11.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

12.  Uncover, and stir in sliced carrot. 

13.  Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour or until meat is very tender, stirring occasionally.

14.  Discard bay leaf.  Stir in remaining salt, basil, and parsley.

15.  Enjoy!  Especially with some fresh, crusty bread!

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