Monday, October 8, 2012

Italian Beef Stew

This Italian Beef Stew is versatile, easy to do, and cooks in a stock pot, Dutch Oven or slow cooker ... can't get any easier than that!

1 lb. stew beef, cut into small pieces (or cut your own from a top round roast or other beef roast)
1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
2 - 15 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes
1 small can mushrooms (optional)
1 can condensed tomato soup
2 cups beef stock or bone broth
1/2-3/4 cup red cooking wine
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. course-ground black pepper
1-2 tsp. sea salt 
4-5 small/medium red or Yukon gold potatoes (not russet), peeled and diced
3 large carrots, diced

Put all ingredients, except carrots and potatoes, in a large Stock Pot, Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker. 

Stock Pot - simmer on stove top, covered, 3 or more hours, or until stew beef is very tender. Add potatoes and carrots, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook over low heat an additional hour, or until vegetables are tender.

Dutch Oven - bake covered in 350 oven 2-3 hours, or until stew beef is very tender. Add potatoes and carrots, and continue to bake covered for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Slow Cooker - cook on low 8-10 hours. Add potatoes and carrots during the last 2 hours of cooking time and continue cooking until vegetables are tender.

Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese on top and a side of a good crusty bread or garlic toast!




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