Our Favorite Hearty Beef Stew

Yields 6 Servings


  • 1.5 Lbs of Beef Stew Meat
  • 1/2 a cup of dry red wine
  • 1- 6 Ounce jar of Tomato Paste
  • 1-24 Ounce jar of Basic Marinara sauce
  • 1/4th of a cup of Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp’s Olive Oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tsp’s of fennel seeds
  • 1/4th Tsp of black peppercorns
  • 1 Tsp of Salt
  • 1 Tsp smoked paprika
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 1 sprig of sage
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 small Red Onion
  • 3 Shallots
  • 1 Fennel Bulb
  • Chives to garnish (optional)

How to re-create this recipe:

  1. Rough chop your garlic, carrots, red onion, shallots and set aside. Slice your Fennel bulb (discarding the outermost fibrous layer).
  2. Add your Olive Oil to a 4 inch deep saute pan. On medium/high heat sear your meat about 3 minutes on each side to develop a nice brown crust on them.
  3. Add your red wine and let that cook for a few minutes until most of the wine gets absorbed. Add your tomato paste, rough chopped veggies, garlic and fennel and give that a good stir making sure all veggies are coated. Cook that for another few minutes.
  4. Add your Marinara Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup of water and stir all ingredients together well.
  5. Add your bay leaves, fennel seeds, salt, black peppercorns, paprika, thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, and sage. Give that a good stir. Cover and cook/simmer for 2 hours. Adjust seasoning with salt as needed.
  6. Pair with a grain of your choosing and enjoy!

Nourishment for your body: The beef is a good source of protein and provides us with an antioxidant called Glutathione, which helps protects the cells of our bodies from cellular damage. Beef is also rich in minerals and helps to prevent iron deficiency. Beef is also high in B vitamins.

Tips when cooking: This is my family’s favorite hearty beef stew to eat in the wintertime. It’s very rich, filling and has a intense smoky flavor profile. I make it regularly and my son enjoyed learning how to sear meat for the first time! I pair it with whatever grain I happen to have handy in my pantry. This time I paired it with Jasmine rice which I cooked just following the most basic cooking directions. There are endless amounts of choices as far as grains go. Some to consider may be quinoa, farro, buckwheat, brown rice, basmati rice, etc… For the wine I used a 2019, 19 Crimes/ Cali Red (rapper snoop doggy dog is on the cover!). It’s a fantastic blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot. A Syrah would be a great wine to use because it complements the flavor profile of this stew being smoky, herbaceous with red and black fruits and peppery. Adding mushrooms would also be a fantastic addition to this stew.

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