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Hearty beef stew with carrots: a classic beef stew recipe

19 Jun 2024
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Serving size: 4-6 persons

If you're craving a comforting and hearty meal, look no further than this classic beef stew recipe. This traditional beef stew is perfect for cozy dinners and family gatherings. The combination of tender beef and sweet carrots simmered in a rich sauce makes this dish a favourite.

Ingredients for beef stew

    1. 2 pounds of beef chuck, cut into chunks
    2. 4 large carrots, sliced
    3. 2 onions, finely chopped
    4. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
    5. 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
    6. 2 cups of beef broth
    7. 1 cup of red wine (optional)
    8. 2 tablespoons of flour
    9. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    10. 1 bay leaf
    11. 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
    12. Salt and pepper to taste
    13. Fresh parsley for garnish
Step-by-step beef stew recipe
Step 1. Preparing the ingredients

Start by cutting the beef into large chunks. Slice the carrots and finely chop the onions and garlic. Gather all the ingredients to ensure a smooth cooking process.

Step 2. Browning the beef

Heat the olive oil in a large pot or braiser over medium-high heat. Add the beef chunks in batches, browning them on all sides. Remove the beef and set it aside.

Step 3. Sautéing the vegetables

In the same pot, add the chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until they become translucent and fragrant. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a few more minutes.

Step 4. Deglazing the pot

Pour in the red wine (if using) to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Let the wine reduce by half before adding the beef broth.

Step 5. Combining ingredients

Return the browned beef to the pot. Add the sliced carrots, bay leaf, dried thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.

Step 6. Thickening the stew

Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to incorporate. This will help thicken the stew as it cooks.

Step 7. Simmering the stew

Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it simmer for about 2 to 2.5 hours, or until the beef is tender and the flavors have melded together beautifully.

Step 8. Serving

Once the stew is ready, remove the bay leaf. Serve the stew hot, garnished with fresh parsley. It pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes, crusty bread, or over a bed of rice.

Tips for the perfect beef stew

  1. Choosing beef: opt for a cut like beef chuck, which becomes tender and flavorful when slow-cooked.
  2. Low and slow: let the stew simmer slowly to develop deep, rich flavors.
  3. Thickening: flour helps thicken the stew, but you can also use cornstarch for a gluten-free option.


Delicious classic stew: enjoyment in every bite!

This beef stew recipe is a comforting dish that warms the soul. The combination of tender beef, sweet carrots, and savory broth creates a meal that's both satisfying and delicious. Perfect for cold evenings or a special family dinner, this stew recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. Taste the rich flavors and hearty goodness of this classic stew, prepared in our cast iron casserole for the best results.