Sunday, January 23, 2011

Italian Beef Stew

It's Sunday, it is cold and I am still cooking hearty and comforting dishes.  I tackled a lighter version Italian style beef stew that was delicious.  The house was filled with the aroma of beef stew simmering on the stove.

It is important to build a flavor foundation by combining the meat and other aromatic ingredients.  The brown bits in the bottom of the pan, when scraped adds a flavorful complexity to the stew.



Adding another flavorful addition like wine to the pan helps to concentrate the flavor.


Your result:  A bowl of  deep flavored, healthy, hearty stew.



Italian Beef Stew
Serves 8
Recipe from Cooking Light



Ingredients:
7 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into cubes
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup dry red wine (note: don't use wine that you would not enjoy drinking yourself)
3-3/4 cups chopped seeded peeled plum tomato (about 2 pounds)
1-1/2 cups fat-free, lower sodium beef broth
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1(8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, quartered
3/4 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Directions:
1.  Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan.  Add onion and chopped carrot; saute 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add garlic; saute for 45 seconds, stirring constantly.  Remove from pan.

2.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan.  Place 1/4 cup flour in a shallow dish.  Sprinkle beef with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; dredge in flour.  Add half of beef to pan; saute 6 minutes, browning all sides.  Remove from pan.  Repeat procedure.

3.  Add wine to pan, and bring to a boil, scraping pan.  Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 5 minutes). return meat and the onion mixture to pan.  Add tomato and next 6 ingredients; bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Uncover, and stir in sliced carrot.  Simmer uncovered, for 1-hour or until meat is very tender, stirring occasionally.  Discard bay leaf.  Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, basil and parsley.

Enjoy!!!
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57 comments:

Mister Meatball said...

Yes, it's cold outside. It's also early in the morning. Early enough to get my act together and make me some stew today!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds great, beautiful pics:@)

Big Dude said...

It looks delicious and I like having a different flavor profile than our usual beef stew.

My Little Space said...

Velva, this not just sounds great! It's making salivate. lol! Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipe. Hope you're having a great day.
Blessings, Kristy

Julie said...

What a perfect dish for a cold winter day! Stew is so comforting and this one looks great.

scrambledhenfruit said...

This makes me want to run right out for a roast- it would be perfect on a cold day like today. I love the addition of mushrooms in this!

From the Kitchen said...

Looks and sounds delicious! I've only recently discovered what I consider the new Cooking Light. When I subscribed years ago, I wasn't impressed. Now I most certainly am!!

Best,
Bonnie

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I LOVE Soup and stew. I did not know beef stew can look so pretty though!

thefattyreader said...

yum! cremini mushrooms sound like a great addition :)

Anna's Table said...

We've reached -19ÂșCelsius, so I too have been leaning towards braised meats during this frigid weather. Your stew looks delicious. Perfect comfort food!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Yum! I want a huge bowl of that now please :) Love the different flavors in this one Velva, its a keeper!

Katerina said...

And you found the ultimate hearty and comforting meal. This beef I am sure lived up to your expectations!

doggybloggy said...

what a nice and hearty stew you've put together here - I like anything with mushrooms but I would like this even without -

Joanne said...

Stews are the perfect thing given the frigid cold outside! And the fact that this is light is an added bonus.

Chris said...

It's hard to make a stew look gorgeous but you have done it.

Ana Powell said...

You make so hungry, what a fabulous dish.
Loved the photos ♥

Luigi said...

YOU have no idea how HUNGRY I am after reading that, im practically chomping the keyboard! lol.

Great recipe though, can't beat a nice stew when its cold.

That Girl said...

I've had lots of beef stews, but never Italian beef stew! This sounds fantastic!

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Love this Italian twist on beef stew! Stay warm, and thanks for sharing!

teresa said...

red wine flavors stews like this SO well. i just love this, perfect for a night like tonight!

Reeni said...

It's the coldest day of the winter here - downright bitter! A bowl of your hearty, flavorful stew is much needed and welcomed!

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

I just finished a hefty meal and looking at those photos is making me hungry.

Claudia said...

I think this will get made this week. The aromas will warm up my winter home. The family will be grateful!

Raina said...

This sounds incredible! Just what I really need right now. It sounds incredibly delicious. I actually made a beef stew recipe this week but felt it was just not flavorful enough. Yours sounds incredibly flavorful. I like the idea of the wine and mushrooms added.

~Dana said...

This looks like a healthy, hearty recipe I need to try!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful photos - I can feel the warmth, and we need it right now!

Kim said...

Beef stew always makes my family happy, even the picky ones like it. This looks delicious, Velva!

Abbey said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful! And I love all kinds of beef stew, this one is making my mouth water :)

The Japanese Redneck said...

That looks so good. It's making my mouth water too!

Kay Heritage said...

I made beef stew last night for my church family! I love that you put fresh basil & parsley in yours Velva! Great minds think alike!

Michael Toa said...

This looks incredible. Cannot think of anything better to keep warm than a bowl of stew (well, and the rest of the red wine)...

The Food Hunter said...

I'm drooling over this one.

A Canadian Foodie said...

Very basic and familiar flavours to all of us - but you are the Flavour Building Queen, Velva! You make a great Sunday dinner that simmers on the back of that stove and works your family into a salivating lather all day - every Sunday!
What gorgeous, deep meaty flavours in the bottom of that pan.
YUM!
:)
Valerie

Lea Ann said...

Another bookmarked. This looks incredible.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Mmmmmmm.... Perfect for a night like tonight. And you're so right about those brown bits - gold nuggets for a stew. Thanks for sharing yet another gem;)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yum, Velva.... Thanks for the recipe... Looks SO good. We cook quite a bit with wine. It enhances the flavor so much...

Thanks again.
Hugs,
Betsy

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

I made a similar beef stew a couple weeks ago and froze some so we're still enjoying it reheated. But I love the addition of mushrooms here, I'll have to add some next time!

smalltownoven said...

This looks hearty and delicious!

Juliana said...

Velva, your beef stew looks delicious, so rich...yummie!

The Duo Dishes said...

Glad you put the tip in there about using a wine you'd drink. Hope everybody tosses their bottles of 'cooking wine'. That stuff is no good!

5 Star Foodie said...

An excellent looking stew there, just perfect for this cold weather!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! I'll have to skip the wine, but I think it'd still taste good without it :)

stephchows said...

mmm this is perfect for the cold weather we've been having... add in some homemade bread and I'm in heaven!

Barbara said...

Delish, Velva. I'm going to put my mother's dumplings on top!

Red Couch Recipes said...

So many flavors combined to make such a rich sounding stew. Joni

Rita said...

What and appetizing meal! You're right it's important to scrape the bottom and collect all the best flavour. Time for me to think beef stew.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks really comforting:) anything with stew and soup and i am ready to dig in.. thank you for sharing this.

heartnsoulcooking said...

Prefect dish and comforting as well. THANKS!!! for sharing!!!

Mary said...

This sounds delicious. Cooking Light has some fabulous recipes. This looks wonderful and anything that looks that good simply has to be tasty. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chatty Crone said...

Boy am I glad you left me a comment and I found your blog - your food looks awesome! Sandie

Jackie at Phamfatale.com said...

Gorgeous food photography! Your dish is perfect during this wintry season.

Anna's Table said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and taking the time to join as a follower. Can't wait to share recipes. Love the stew recipe....it looks so appetizing, perfect for the super cold weather we're having in Montreal.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Stew looks delicious. Your photos are amazing and I WANT that yellow bowl. ;)

FOODESSA said...

It's been a very long time since I've made my Mom's beef stew...which was far from a light version!
Velva, your version is much more with the times and friendlier to our over-all health. Thanks ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

bella (roz) said...

this is my kind of stew; I love how you blended everything and oh that juice/gravy! i'll make this so soon!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That stew looks wonderfully comforting and so delicious! I wish I had some now... Terrific pan juices.

Cheers,

Rosa

P.S. No, I have never visited the States, unfortunately. :-(

Erica said...

It is snowing here today and I would love that now!!!! Looks wonderful,Velva!

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