Basic and simple beef stew

Beef Stew

To celebrate the ending of winter a simple, earthy and careless beef stew. Inspired by Jamie Oliver, I follow his direction to not brown the meat and it worked perfectly.

It can be assembled in few minutes and then let it simmer slowly for hours. It’a family favorite!


1 kg beef for stews, in chunks

1 onion

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons of flour

6 carrots, peeled and quartered

2 parsnips, peeled and quartered

2 potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 glasses robust red wine

1 lt broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste


To garnish:

1 little branch rosemary

2 garlic cloves

Rind of half a lemon

For 6 to 8 people

  1. Chop the onion.
  2. Put the beef chunks in a freezer bag, along with the flour, and shake well.
  3. In a big and sturdy stewing pan, gently hot the oil and sauté the onion.
  4. Add the beef and the vegetable, pour in the wine, the broth, the tomato purée and a little salt&pepper.
  5. Let it simmer for a few hours, from 2 to 4, stirring occasionally.
  6. Before to serve it, finely chop rosemary, garlic and lemon rind and sprinkle it over.

Beef Stew