Basic (No Tomato) Beef Stew

Total Time
2hrs 50mins
20 mins
2 hrs 30 mins

This is a "basic" beef stew recipe. Please feel free to add your favorite herbs, spices and vegetables to make this recipe "your own". Serve with crusty bread and a tossed green salad for a complete meal.

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  1. Place flour in a plastic bag, add a few pieces of beef at a time shaking well to coat.
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large sauce pan.
  3. Add meat and onions, brown meat well.
  4. Add beef broth (and wine if using), garlic, basil and thyme.
  5. Bring all to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours (or until meat is tender).
  6. Add potatoes, carrots and celery, cover pot, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes (or until potatoes are almost done).
  7. Add green beans (or peas) and simmer 10-15 minutes more.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.