There is nothing that makes the house smell better, or that is more satisfying on a cold winter day – than a big pot of hearty Beef Stew. The warmth of that broth just takes me back to childhood days!
The best news about this hearty beef stew recipe though, is how easy it is to make. Simple ingredients and easy preparation let the rustic charm of this stew really shine – and leaves you more free time to enjoy time with your family during the colder months!
Here is how to make it…
~ Rustic Hearty Beef Stew ~
- 1lb stew beef
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb blend
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 cup water
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 2 potatoes, diced & peels left on (optional)
- 10 pearl onions
- 10 whole green beans, cut into 2 inch lengths
-In a large pot over medium high heat, add a drizzle of oil and stew meat. Brown for about 2-3 minutes.
-Mix in the flour, salt & pepper. Once flour is cooked out, pour in the beef broth & water.
-Bring to a boil.
Allow to boil for about 5 minutes or until broth starts thicken. Reduce to medium heat.
Note* if you need to thicken your stew, use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1/2 tablespoon water to create a slurry.
Add the carrot, onion and potatoes. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for about an hour. Add the green beans, cook for 30 minutes.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with Homemade bread, to get every bit of the broth from your plate! You won’t want to miss a single drop!
Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2016! Happy cooking!