Hearty comfort food at its finest! Filled with all the goodies – fall apart cubes of beef, tender carrots, potatoes, and sweet peas, all seasoned in an incredibly aromatic, rich broth, this beef stew is incredible!
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed of hard fat, cut into 2-inch chunks
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 sweet onions, chopped
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
- 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 beef bouillon cubes, crumbled
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 2 small potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- Warm oil in a heavy bottomed pot over high heat until very hot.
- Pat beef dry and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
- Add beef to the pot in batches and brown well all over. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining beef.
- Lower heat to medium. If the pot looks dry, add a touch more oil.
- Stir in the onion, carrots, and celery; saute for 5 minutes until vegetables have softened. Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds until fragrant.
- Add flour and stir for 1 minute to cook off.
- Slowly pour in the beef broth and whisk to combine until the flour dissolves.
- Add in the water, Worcestershire, beef bouillon cubes, and tomato paste; mix well.
- Toss in the bay leaves and thyme.
- Return beef to the pot (including any juices). Liquid level should just cover.
- Bring to simmer, then adjust heat to low / medium-low so it is a gentle simmer. Cover with lid, cook for 2 hours until the beef is tender.
- Add in the potatoes; simmer for another 20-25 minutes (without the lid) until the potatoes and beef are very tender, the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
- During the last 5 minutes add in the peas.
- Skim off fat on surface, if desired. Discard bay leaves and thyme.
- Adjust salt and pepper, to taste.
- Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with some fresh chopped parsley and enjoy with crusty bread or popovers, if desired. https://bellyfull.net/beef-stew-recipe/#wprm-recipe-container-40064