Easy beef stew

  • Time cooking time: 3 hours total
  • Yield Serves 8


    1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
    1 lb (454 g) stewing beef cubes
    1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
    2 onions, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried oregano
    1 bay leaf
    4 large carrots
    2 stalks celery
    1/2 small rutabaga, peeled
    2 cups (500 mL) beef stock
    1 can (19 oz/540 mL) tomatoes
    4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
    1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas or beans
    1 tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar
    1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh parsley, chopped


    In heavy plastic bag, shake together flour, salt and pepper. In batches, add beef and shake to coat, reserving any remaining flour. In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown meat all over, in batches and adding up to1 tbsp (15 mL) more oil if necessary. Transfer to plate.

    Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onions, garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaf and remaining flour; cook, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan, until softened, about 5 minutes. Return beef and any accumulated juices to pan.

    Meanwhile, cut carrots, celery and rutabaga into 2-inch (5 cm) chunks. Add to pan along with stock and tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer over medium-low heat or in 325°F (160°C) oven, stirring once or twice, for 1-1/2 hours. Add potatoes; cook for 1 hour or until tender. Add peas and vinegar; cook for 2 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley.
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