Beef Stew on This

Just to be clear, I’m talking about this:

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Not this:

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Jon Stewart A.K.A. “Stew Beef” as nicknamed by Tracy Morgan.  Picture courtesy of Wikipedia.

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See Tracy bestow this nickname here:  http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-15-2010/tracy-morgan

As patriotic as “Stew Beef” looks in the above picture, few things are as American as Beef Stew in fall.  I don’t know about your part of the world, but around here, the weather is already calling for soups, chili, and stews.  The recipe below is a thrifty, but hearty version.

  • Large Soup Pot
  • 2 Tbsp. Cooking Oil
  • 1 Pkg. Stew Beef (Not “Stew Beef”)
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 -5 Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1 Small Pkg. Sliced Frozen Mushrooms
  • 1/2 Large Pkg. Mixed Frozen Vegetables (Peas, Corn, Green Beans, Carrots)
  • 1/2 Box Small Pasta Shells
  • 8 – 10 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 8 oz Zesty Tomato & Green Chili Sauce (See photo below)
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Corn Starch
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 3/4 – 1 tsp. Parsley Flakes
  • 3/4 – 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/8 tsp. Red Pepper
  • 3 – 6 Dashes Hot Sauce (Optional)
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste
  • 1/2 Box Small Macaroni Shells

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Cover pot in cooking oil.  Add beef.  Sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper.  Cook until brown on medium high heat.  * I realize this seems like a lot of paprika, but it’s a big pot of stew.  This will help give the beef and the stew a nice color and lots of flavor.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.While beef is browning, chop onion. Crush garlic with knife blade.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Remove beef from pot.  Set aside.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add onions to pot.  Deglaze pot with Worcestershire sauce.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add garlic to pot.  Cook for 2 – 3 minutes.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Chop potatoes into large chunks.  Yukon Gold potatoes are ideal for soups and stews because they retain their shape.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add potatoes to pot with onions and garlic.  Add dry spices – parsley, oregano, chili powder, red pepper, and salt.  Stir well, coating potatoes with spices.  Let cook 1 – 2 minutes.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Fill pot 3/4 full with water.  Yes, water.  Would beef stock be tasty?  Of course.  But we’re on a budget for this recipe.  There’s so much flavor added throughout this process, you won’t miss it.  I promise.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add beef back to pot.  Add bay leaf.  Taste for salt.  Add more if needed.  Stir.  Bring to boil.  Reduce to simmer.  Cover pot with lid.  Simmer for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes – until potatoes and beef are tender.  Stir occasionally.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add frozen mixed vegetables and mushrooms to pot.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add tomato sauce and tomato paste to pot.  Stir until paste fully dissolves.  Add hot sauce if desired.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Cook pasta shells separately in salted water.  * No one likes a mushy noodle.  One tip for keeping your pasta al dente in your soup is to undercook your noodles slightly.  I cooked these for 5 minutes.  The package called for 8 minutes.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in NashvilleMix milk and cornstarch in small bowl until cornstarch dissolves.  Add to pot and stir.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add cooked pasta to pot.  * Another tip to avoid mushy noodles.  Only add pasta if you will serve the full pot.  Otherwise, add pasta to each individual serving bowl and pour stew over noodles.

Stir well.  Add salt to taste if needed.  Add pepper to taste.  Don’t serve the bay leaf!

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Sprinkle each serving with parsley.  Share the love.

Beef Stew Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.SHAMELESS PLUG:  This would go great with a slice of warm, buttered cornbread.  Check out my recipe below.

Mom’s Skillet Cornbread: The Only Cornbread for Me

6 thoughts on “Beef Stew on This

  1. This looks so good! But given I don’t eat red meat (and by default, neither does my family unless they want to do the cooking, which they don’t…), I’ll substitute chicken for beef. I know that sounds crazy, but the stews still taste good (like chicken and barley instead of beef and barley).

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