Monday, February 23, 2015

slow cooker beef stew


We have been ALOT of soups lately, almost twice a week. I love soups, they are hearty, healthy and fill you up. Most soups yield enough for leftovers and freezer meals for later! This one above was so thick and the meat so tender. It hit the spot. I'm pretty sure I have shared this a few years ago, but its so darn good, I may need to share it every Winter

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • 2 lbs of stewing beef, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • about 20 mini-potatoes, cut large ones in half, leave smallest ones as is (I like to use a mix of yellow, red and blue, no need to peel)
  • 1  28 oz. can whole tomatoes (I use plum tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups sodium reduced beef broth, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and then lightly brown the meat in batches. Transfer browned beef to a plate and set aside.
Dump the tomatoes into the slow cooker (juice and all). Crush them with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Add the onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the vegetables and then add the beef and any accumulated drippings. Pour 2 1/2 cups of the beef broth over the beef and vegetables. Give the mixture a quick stir. Add the bay leaves.
Cover and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.
About 20 minutes before serving, add the peas (no need to defrost first), salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth, creating a smooth paste. Stir into the stew. Replace the slow cooker cover and cook until thickened (about 15-20 minutes).
Remove the bay leaves before serving.
adapted from movitabeaucoup

4 comments:

  1. It is just like our russian/ukrainian borzh looks like? it is a beets soup, kind like this... I need bookmark it!!!

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  2. The slow cooker is like my best friend. Seriously. I haven't made a beef stew yet, though. Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. This looks amazing I will definitely be trying it!

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  4. This looks great I will definitely try it!!

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