Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Easy, delicious and inexpensive to make. For even better flavor, make this dish the day before you plan to serve it.
Servings 12



  • On medium-high heat, add the olive oil to a large heavy pot (one that has a tight-fitting lid).
  • When hot, add the beef and brown very well. Do so in batches if necessary.
  • Once browned, remove the beef with a slotted spoon set aside.
  • Add Balsamic the onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring often.
  • Add wine and deglaze the pan, scraping any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. The flour will start to thicken the wine as it comes to a simmer. (may need to add some of the beef broth for more liquid)
  • Simmer wine for 5 minutes and then add the broth, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary and the beef.
  • Bring back to a gentle simmer, cover and cook on very low for about 1 hour.
  • Add potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and mixed veggies and simmer covered for another 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with the fresh parsley if desired.


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