Basic Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms

  • EllenDeller Posted: 03/27/09
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    We really like this and I have made it several times. I find that I can cut the meat by 50% and add green beans and peas at the end, thereby giving us a more healthful meal. I usually use a Merlot or Shirrazz for a mellow flavor. Last night, I used 1/2 fresh shiitake mushrooms, which added a lot of flavor. I always add 2 dried tomatoes to enrich the broth. Needs little else beyond some bread or a salad.

  • No Longer Registered Posted: 03/14/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    I've made this recipe many times since it was first published in 2006. I never stray from the given ingredients, but have made a few changes in the technique, which seems much more labor intensive than it should be. First I flour the stew meat and brown in batches before setting aside. Whatever flour is left I whisk into the beef broth which I have poured into a measuring bowl. I brown the onions for 5 minutes, then add the mushrooms and thyme and cook an additional 5 minutes before adding the garlic, stiring for 1 minute. I now add the red wine to the onion mixture, scraping up any brown bits before adding the broth/flour mixture. From this point I follow the recipe as written. The end result is just as delicious, and the time saved is better spent on other activities....like testing the wine!

  • Shana100 Posted: 11/16/09
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    This recipe was delicious! The kids loved it. I'm going to incorporate it in my regular weekly menu.

  • Maywati Posted: 03/25/10
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Great beef stew recipe. The house smelled yummy while making it. Very fulling and I took leftovers to work for lunch and it was even better the next day.

  • MandaKate Posted: 03/03/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Really good flavor. Not a mushroom fan, so I increased the amount of meat and potatoes. I also added a cup of peas - will add more next time. I did add a little corn starch at the end to thicken it up a bit. Even better the second day.

  • LMSven Posted: 11/17/10
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Very good - cheated and made a couple of short cuts - used baby carrots & unpeeled rustic potatoes - tasted great

  • RobyninUtah Posted: 11/04/10
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    WOW..this was the best beef stew I have ever made. Not too complicated to make either. I loved it, the family loved it. Thanks for a fantastic recipe I highly recommend it.

  • Jazzy1 Posted: 04/18/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion
    ,US

    This is a great basic recipe. Really easy to prepare. Will definitely make again. The meat comes out very tender. The mushrooms give the stew a wonderful flavor.

  • BlondeNBlue1 Posted: 04/09/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Wonderful. I made beef stew for the first time using this recipe and loved it. I'll definitely make it again. I did use little Yukon gold potatoes and mini-carrots because they were what I had on hand. It was delicious.

  • Yippers Posted: 10/18/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Great and easy recipe and was delicious! Used bella mushrooms, baby carrots and added peas. There was a hint of the red wine but wasn't over-powering. Had plenty of leftovers and the flavor just got better and better. Will definitely make this again and use a little more thyme and garlic.

  • kjwillis Posted: 10/26/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Yummy, that's all I can say! I didn't have thyme, so I used some Herb de Provence and it tasted great.

  • TriKali Posted: 01/08/12
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Very Good, followed the easier prep method one of the other reviewers posted--browning meat first then doing onions and mushrooms. Makes a lot less fuss than how it's written. Smells wonderful. I made one night and ate the next. As always, better the second and third days!

  • junglebunny Posted: 12/12/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Stew was good but there must be some time shortcuts.....as someone mentioned above.

  • dieteticjoni Posted: 11/10/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    We loved this recipe, but when I followed the directions the bottom of my pan burnt. Luckily it didn't affect the flavor of the stew, but the cleanup was a pain.

  • Unless173 Posted: 11/10/11
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Delicious!

  • mareedan93 Posted: 02/16/12
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    This is an AMAZING recipe! Although I could not find cremini mushrooms at our supermarket, it tasted just as good when I used sliced baby bellas.

  • groovyrooby Posted: 02/13/12
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    really excellent stew. very thick and saucy with rich flavor. made this just as written, only halved because we were using up some leftover stew meat. it's really very easy to prepare, just needs a little babysitting while it simmers. be sure to stir occasionally during the last phase so that the potatoes & carrots cook evenly. i look forward to making this again.

  • falljunelaker Posted: 04/20/12
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    This was good. Not exceptional, but a good, basic beef stew, as titled.

  • bibimu Posted: 12/09/12
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    This is my go-to beef stew recipe. We love it! I add frozen pearl onions and cut green beans (or you could use peas, if you like them) in the last few minutes of cooking time. Always a hit, never fails...love it.

  • contentedgirl Posted: 02/27/13
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    I loved this stew! It really had a lot of broth, but I thickened it at the end with a tablespoon of cornstarch that I'd wisked into about a cup of the broth. I didn't have any fresh thyme so I used 1 t. of dried. I had red potatoes & sweet potatoes, so I used both. In addition to the carrots I also used parsnips. I made everything the night before up to adding the meat & veggies back into the broth to simmer. At that point I put everything together & refrigerated it overnight so that in the morning all I had to do was put it in my slow cooker and let it simmer all day. It was wonderful and my family really enjoyed it. I served it with marinated coleslaw and homemade cornbread muffins. Definitely will make again!

  • RachelMartens Posted: 09/09/12
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Full of flavor; worth the extra time in the kitchen.

  • marilinda Posted: 04/05/13
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Great solid stew with deep flavor. Worth the effort!

  • linssward Posted: 11/12/12
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    This is the best beef stew recipe! I have made it several times, and it has become my go to, no fail recipe for stew. I always have enough to freeze half it for my husband and I to eat later.

  • foodieforpeace Posted: 01/20/13
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Comfort food, plain and simple. Made changes: Omitted potato, added frozen thawed green beans and peas. Added 2 Tbs tomato paste and 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce. Thickened sauce at the end with a cornstarch slurry. I guess this makes the recipe different but it's a good base as it initially reads. I'm just a tinkerer...Served with a biscuit...

  • kspencer Posted: 11/02/13
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    I am a personal chef and I have clients who request that I make this stew every time I cook for them. I am making it for 15 people on Wednesday for the same people. This one is a keeper!

  • REISS803 Posted: 01/03/14
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    outstanding

advertisement

More From Cooking Light