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Italian Beef Stew

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Today’s recipe feature is Italian Beef Stew. Chunks of beef join in with your favorite vegetables and some wonderful Italian seasonings to create a delicious stew. While it needs to simmer for a few hours on the stove top, it only takes 20 minutes to put together. Healthy and joyous eating!

Italian Beef Stew (Recipe courtesy Cooking Classy)

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium carrots, chopped into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 ½ lbs. rump roast, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Two (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ¾ tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried marjoram
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ lbs. Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 oz. cremini mushroom, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese, for serving (optional)

Preparation:

Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large enameled cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add carrots, celery and onion and sauté until lightly golden, about 5 - 6 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds longer. Pour mixture into a heat proof bowl and set aside.

Place beef in a large resealable bag, add flour and season lightly with salt and pepper. Seal bag and toss well to evenly coat beef in flour. Return pot to medium-high heat, add remaining 3 Tbsp. olive oil. Once oil is hot add beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned. Add 1 cup broth and red wine vinegar and cook, stirring frequently while scraping bottom of pan to loosen browned bits on bottom, until sauce has thickened. Add remaining 3 cups beef broth, diced tomatoes, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, bay leaves, potatoes, mushrooms and sautéed veggie mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover pot and simmer 3 - 4 hours, stirring occasionally, until beef is very tender.

Stir in fresh basil and parsley. Serve warm sprinkled with Parmesan or Romano cheese if desired. Serving yield – 7 or 8 servings.

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