This homemade Beef Stew is the ultimate hearty comfort food! It makes the coziest meal and is perfect served with rustic bread alongside it. This version is generous with the beef and the vegetables, and it's paired with a rich nicely thickened broth.Recipe makes about 10.5 cups.
Ready in: 3hours10minutes
2 1/4lbs.chuck roast,trimmed of excess fat, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
Saltand freshly ground black pepper
3 1/2Tbspolive oil,divided
2cups choppedyellow onion(1 large)
1 1/2Tbsp mincedgarlic(about 4 cloves)
1cupdry red wine,such as Pinot Noir or Cotes du Rhone
3 1/2cups beef stock
1Tbspfresh thyme leaves
2tsp mincedfresh rosemary
20oz.red potatoes,scrubbed and rinsed clean
14oz.large carrots(about 4)
2Tbsp mincedfresh parsley
Move oven rack to lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large oven safe pot (such as an enameled dutch oven) over medium-high heat.
Dab half of the roast dry with paper towels, season lightly with salt and pepper then add to the pot leaving space between pieces.
Sear until browned on bottom, about 3 - 4 minutes. Turn and brown on opposite side, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.
Add another 1/2 Tbsp oil to pot and repeat process (of drying, seasoning and searing) with remaining half of beef. Transfer second batch of beef to the plate as well.
Reduce heat to medium, add 2 Tbsp olive oil then add onions. Saute 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
Add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer.
Stir in flour and tomatoes paste, and cook stirring constantly, about 45 to 60 seconds (reduce burner temp if needed so it doesn't burn).
While stirring slowly pour in red wine, scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the pot. While stirring pour in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce.
Return beef to pot along with thyme, rosemary and bay leaves, stir. Bring to a simmer stirring frequently.
Remove from heat. Cover pot with the lid and transfer to the oven. Let cook 1 1/2 hours.
Once time is almost up cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes, then peel and cut the carrots into 1-inch chunks (larger portions can be halved). Stir potatoes and carrots into stew then cover and return to the oven.
Bake until vegetables are tender, about 60 to 70 minutes longer.
Remove bay leaves, stir in balsamic vinegar and season stew with salt and pepper to taste. Let rest off heat for about 5 minutes before serving. Garnish servings with parsley.