Northern Italian Beef Stew Recipe
This hearty beef stew packed with vegetables and herbs is a family favorite.
Italian beef stew with plenty of vegetables simmered in the slow cooker will keep you warm on cold winter evenings. Serve with crusty bread.
To be fair, as written, it is a four star recipe due to a bit of blandness to the flavor. But the second time I made it, I added only basil and oregano as my spices, but upped the garlic to four cloves and added a quarter cup of Worcestershire sauce. Now it is five stars! Yum!!!
I used a little over 2 pounds of stew meat, and I cut back the mushrooms to 1/2 pound. Other than these changes, I used the ingredients suggested by the recipe author. My stew meat was tender after 3 hours on the stove top. I can't imagine that a better cut of meat would hold together for 6 hours in the pot, and the vegetables would be nearly dissolved if cooked that long. This makes a generous amount of stew, and I had to use a 6 quart dutch oven, since I do not have a skillet large enough to accommodate this. The stew as written nearly filled my pot. The stew liquid is well-flavored, though thin (I prefer a thicker, sauce consistency for stew), and not too strongly flavored with tomato. I only have one other tiny criticism. Herb leaves turn dark and unattractive in tomato based sauces. I think it would be more appetizing to tie them up in cheesecloth and remove before serving. I can well imagine this as a soup, if everything is cut into bite-sized pieces. If you wish to make soup, I would recomme
Delicious! I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I used canned diced. Also, I didn't have all the herbs recommended, so I used dried Rosemary, Thyme and Basil. Used Chiati for the red wine and it went beautifully with the finished product. Best beef stew I have ever made! Such an easy recipe too! My husband loved it!
What a great soup! I really enjoyed the combination of flavors. Instead of cooking this on the stove, I just threw everything in the slow cooker for 6 - 8 hours on low.
Delicious. Great recipe. Everyone loved it!
I followed the recipe as is. I too used the stew meat as Sarah. My family & I very muched enjoyed this yummy stew. This recipe does make alot of stew. However, I'm okay with that. The only change was after cooking the vegetables, I put the cooked beef in the crockpot & added the vegetables in the crockpot. I cooked it in the crockpot for 4 hours. We like to season our soups/stews once it's in our bowls. My son used Tony's (cajun seasoning) in his bowl. I used a small amount of sea salt & Chalulah (almost like Tobasco, but much better taste).