Now that the weather is getting cooler, my mind is turning towards cozy and comforting eats like slow-cooked stews and casseroles.
There’s something about a home-cooked meal simmering away gently on the stovetop that just makes you feel more relaxed.
Like you want to cozy up on the couch with a good book or knitting project so you can casually wait for your cold-weather feast to finish.
And then maybe enjoy your stew couch-side whilst enjoying the show outside of golden falling leaves drifting slowly down from the trees.
This beef stew is particularly easy and has a simple and short list of ingredients, which makes it a popular recipe in our household.
Cozy Beef Stew
Serves 2-3 (Though the recipe is easy to multiply)
Adapted from this recipe by Paula Deen
- 1 pound stew beef
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 medium-large onion, sliced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
- 1 cup baby carrots, chopped (I used baby because we have them on hand for snacking or adding to salads. You can also use 1 large carrot or 2 small carrots, chopped)
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
- Heat a medium-large pot over medium heat. Add EVOO. Add beef to the pot and brown all over, roughly 5-8 minutes.
- Add wine and cook for just a minute, stirring a bit.
- Add water, Worcestershire, garlic, bay leaf, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice/cloves and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove bay leaf and garlic. Stir in carrots and celery. Cover and cook 35-40 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together water and tapioca/corn starch. Whisk in a bit of the hot liquid, about 1/4 cup. Stir mixture into the pot. Cook till sauce is thickened (should be just a minute).
- Serve over rice or pasta or with biscuits or cornbread.
7 thoughts on “Cozy Beef Stew Recipe”
mm, looks delicious!
oh that looks like the perfect comforting meal to me!
I looked for substitutes for cornstarch because I thought it tasted a bit off and found that you could puree boiled carrots and add that to your soup/stew/curry and it absorbs the liquid! I haven’t tried it yet but think it would be worth a shot!
Stew looks delish by the way. I’m in NZ and the warm weather is finally coming out! Will bookmark this for later use. Yum.
Interesting! Thanks for letting me know! Hope you like the stew! 🙂
Yum!! Thank you so much for posting this – I can’t wait to try it out!
You’re welcome! Let me know how the recipe works out for you! 🙂