Simple One-Pot Savory Beef Stew

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As the weather turns cold, one-pot recipes like this one are good to have on hand.

Looking for a simple, hearty one-pot dinner to serve tonight? You'll love our recipe for savory beef stew! Try it at home: https://foodal.com/recipes/beef/savory-beef-stew/

About 10 years ago, my cousin Lynne made a delicious stew that looked like mine, but with plum tomatoes, and a mellow undertone I couldn’t identify. I asked her secret and learned that it was balsamic vinegar.

After a day of playing in the snow, warm your family up with a hearty one-pot meal. This recipe for Savory Beef Stew, from the experts at Foodal, is flavored with bay leaf and bursting with vegetables including shallots, cremini mushrooms, and plum tomatoes. Keep the pot warm and ready for serving seconds!

The recipe below has become a favorite in our house, especially when the whole gang is home. Delicious with biscuits on the side and a glass of red wine, it’s a great way to warm up after a day out in the snow.

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Here’s my version of Lynne’s recipe.

The Recipe

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Looking for a hearty one-pot dinner to warm your family on cold winter evenings? Our Savory Beef Stew is the perfect meal after a day of playing in the snow.
Servings Prep Time
4 bowls 15 minutes
Cook Time
70 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 bowls 15 minutes
Cook Time
70 minutes
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Savory Beef Stew
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Rating: 5
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Looking for a hearty one-pot dinner to warm your family on cold winter evenings? Our Savory Beef Stew is the perfect meal after a day of playing in the snow.
Servings Prep Time
4 bowls 15 minutes
Cook Time
70 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 bowls 15 minutes
Cook Time
70 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons oil (olive or canola)
  • 1 pound beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch cubes
  • 2 shallots coarsely chopped
  • 6 cremini mushrooms, halved with stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh green beans halved with strings removed
  • 2 carrots peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 1 15-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, quartered, with juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1/2-inch pieces with strings removed
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch pieces
  • cornstarch (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish
Servings: bowls
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Instructions
  1. Prep the vegetables and cut them into appropriate sizes.
  2. Place the oil in a six-quart pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Carefully add the meat cubes as the oil begins to heat.
  4. Sear the meat on all sides, and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
  5. Reduce heat to medium, and add the butter or margarine, shallots, and mushrooms to the pot. Cook until the mushrooms brown lightly and the shallots become translucent.
  6. Reduce heat to simmer and return the meat to the pot.
  7. Add enough stock to submerge the ingredients.
  8. Add the balsamic vinegar. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  9. Add the beans, carrots, tomatoes with juice, bay leaf, celery, and potatoes.
  10. Stir in enough additional stock to submerge the ingredients, about 4 cups total. You can add a little water if you need more liquid.
  11. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until all ingredients are fork tender.
  12. Remove the bay leaves. To thicken the broth, mix equal amounts of cornstarch and water together until to make a smooth slurry, and stir into the simmering pot. Do this to your liking, a few teaspoons or so.
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Savory Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 623 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 2077mg 87%
Potassium 918mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 9g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 91%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 8%
Iron 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 –Prepare Your Mise en Place

Get your ingredients ready.

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Start by cutting your beef into 1 ½ to 2-inch cubes, if the butcher hasn’t already done this for you.

Peel the carrots and potatoes, and remove strings from the beans and celery.

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Chop the shallots, halve the cremini mushrooms and green beans, peel and cut the carrots into rounds, quarter the plum tomatoes (reserving the juice), and cut the celery and potatoes into pieces.

Measure out the oil, butter, beef stock, balsamic vinegar, and bay leaves.

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Set the cornstarch, water, salt, and pepper to the side.

Step 2 – Sear the Meat

Heat up the oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.

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Sear the meat on all sides, until they are just browned. You don’t want to overcook the meat as it will have time to simmer in the pot later. Transfer the meat to a bowl and set aside.

Step 3 – Cook the Mushrooms and Shallots

Reduce the heat to medium, and then melt the butter (or margarine) before adding the chopped shallots and halved mushrooms.

Cook until the mushrooms are lightly browned, and the shallots have become translucent.

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Make sure to stir with a wooden spoon every so often to prevent the shallots from burning.

Step 4 – Let It Simmer

Reduce the heat to low and return the meat to the pot. Now add the balsamic vinegar and just enough beef stock to submerge the ingredients.

Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring just once.

Step 5 – Add the Other Vegetables

Add the halved green beans, cut carrots, quartered plum tomatoes with their juice, dried bay leaves, chopped celery, and pieces of potato.

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Now, pour in the rest of the beef stock. If the stock is not enough to submerge all the ingredients, add enough water to do so.

Step 6 – Cover and Simmer

Cover the pot and let the ingredients simmer for 45 minutes until both the beef cubes and the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaves.

If you wish to thicken the broth, mix equal amounts of cornstarch and water a teaspoon at a time in a small bowl, to create a smooth slurry. Stir the mixture into the broth over medium-low heat until it reaches the desired consistency.

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Finally, add salt and pepper to taste. All that’s left to do is to divide the stew into bowls, then garnish each with fresh parsley and serve!

Spin Your Stew Your Way

As with any recipe, once you’ve got the basics down, you can experiment with variations that your family may enjoy.

Do you think you’d like to try this recipe with lamb? If so, use sweet green peas instead of beans, and add two fresh sprigs of marjoram during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

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Sometimes I use leftover vegetables in this recipe. Just add them during the last five minutes of cooking. I don’t recommend using broccoli or peppers, as they are likely to overpower the dish.

Tell us about your family’s favorites in the comments below!

Photos by Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS. for more details. With Cooking by the Numbers also by Felicia Lim.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nan Schiller

Nan Schiller is a writer from southeastern Pennsylvania. When she’s not in the garden, she’s in the kitchen preparing imaginative gluten- and dairy-free meals. With a background in business, writing, editing, and photography, Nan writes humorous and informative articles on gardening, food, parenting, and real estate topics. Having celiac disease has only served to inspire her to continue to explore creative ways to provide her family with nutritious locally-sourced food.

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