What’s For Dinner? Beef Stew

You probably have your own family recipe for a classic like Beef Stew,  but it’s always nice to have options right?  So here is another option!  I just really want to inspire back-to-basic meals.  Sometimes we forget the old tried and true dinners!
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Beef Stew
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This is a really flavourful & meaty dish, that’s perfect for cold nights.
The gravy is nice and rich, and wonderful on mashed potatoes.  A match made in heaven!
Or serve it up with popovers!
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Yeeeeuuum in my tum-tum!
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Beef Stew
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What's For Dinner? Beef Stew

20 minPrep Time

1 hr, 45 Cook Time

2 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 2" chunks
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp basil
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
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  • 2 - 284 mL cans undiluted beef consomme
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
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  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 celery, cut into chunks
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks


  1. Heat up olive oil in a frying pan.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine flour, basil and pepper. Dredge the meat in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour, then brown the meat in the oil.
  3. When the meat is cooked, transfer it over to a large stockpot. Set aside.
  4. In the same frying pan that was used to cook the meat, if needed, add 1 tbsp olive oil, and cook chopped onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook until softened, then add to stockpot with the meat.
  5. Turn the heat under the stock pot on to med-high, and add the consomme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low-med heat, cover with a lid, and cook for about 1 hour.
  6. After the 1 hour cooking time, add the big chunks of carrots, celery and parsnips.
  7. Simmer for 30-45 minutes more, or until the meat is tender and the veggies are cooked.

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  • If you don’t like parsnips, use potatoes instead.
  • If the gravy is not thick enough, add 1-2 tbsp kneaded butter.  Kneaded butter is equal parts flour and butter, mixed into a paste.  This is a trick I learned from the Joy of Cooking.  Don’t add too much or your gravy will taste flour-y.
Beef Stew
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Then pour yourself a glass of red wine and enjoy!
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  • Reply Barb November 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    I can attest – this is delicious!! and I LOVE your header – so fresh!

  • Reply Sugarr2518 November 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    I can’t remember the last time I had beef stew and seeing this makes me what to make it this week!!! It looks tasty:)

  • Reply Judy @ Contented at Home November 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    This looks so delicious! Adding to Pinterest. 🙂

  • Reply Carrie November 1, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Looks so good! We are having beef stew tonight as well, I had left over pot roast that I turned into a stew.

  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner November 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Oh, yum! Can’t you drop some by around 5:30?? Thanks! =)

    ~ Catie

  • Reply alissa {33shadesofgreen} November 2, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    I don’t actually have a standby beef stew recipe – this may become the one! Looks delicious. I’m so ready for good comfort food like this now that it’s cold out! Thanks so much for linking up!

  • Reply Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) November 2, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    My kids just love it! Great blog and lovely recipe! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  • Reply Kim Bee November 2, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    Yah, a fellow Canuck in blogland. So nice to meet you. This recipe is amazing. I love stew. Yours looks so tasty.

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma November 2, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    Oooh looks like a wonderful meal! I love stews..your recipe sounds perfecto!

  • Reply Q @ JAQS November 2, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    Love beef stew – yours look great!

    Love for you to link up at:
    “Made by ME” Linky Party at JAQS at http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/11/made-by-me-5-linky-party-and-features.html

  • Reply Emily November 2, 2011 at 5:35 AM

    looks like a great meal for a cool fall evening! Would love for you to come over and share this at my Tasty Tuesday Party going on now!

  • Reply SnoWhite November 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    I need a good beef stew recipe! This looks like one we can enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos November 2, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    This is exactly the recipe I’ve been looking for! Looks delicious!

  • Reply lolly November 4, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    My mouth is watering looking at this! Reminds me I found a butternut squash and beef stew recipe in my new cooking light mag last night. Can’t wait to try!

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  • Reply AmyfromCB July 14, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I ran across your recipe today on Pinterest, and it made my mouth water I had to go home and make it, even though it’s 100 degrees outside! It was amazing, my husband told me the left overs won’t last until the morning:) thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Reply LAUREN STAGNER February 16, 2015 at 3:35 PM


    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      Hi Lauren
      I’ve made this recipe quite a few times and it is enough. But if if doesn’t look like enough for your stew, maybe add some beef broth to your pot.

      • Reply LAUREN STAGNER February 16, 2015 at 3:47 PM


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