Beef Stew With Carrots and Mushrooms

Total Time
3hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is a classic! With small portobello mushrooms (cremini) and carrots, red wine and no tomatoes! Adapted from Cooking Light magazine(Jan/Feb 2006).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes or until mushrooms begin to brown. Spoon the mushrooms into a large bowl. Lightly coat the skillet with cooking spray. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add the garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add the onion mixture to the mushroom mixture.
  2. Put flour in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge the beef pieces in flour, shaking off excess. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add half of the beef mixture; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoons salt. Cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Add browned beef to mushroom mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining beef mixture and 1/8 teaspoons salt.
  3. Add 1 cup wine to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add thyme, broth, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Stir in beef mixture. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 1 hour or until beef is just tender.
  4. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Simmer, uncovered, 1 hour and 15 minutes or until beef and vegetables are really tender and sauce is thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoons salt and pepper. Discard bay leaf. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if you are using. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

I tried this because I wanted to make beef stew, had a bunch of mushrooms to use, and forgot to buy tomato juice for my usual stew. I used button mushrooms, but I didn't have broth, so I used "Better than Boullion" and didn't add salt. I also added a few dashes of Cholula hot sauce at the end. The whole family loved the stew, although it was a bit salty from the boullion. I'll make this again using the low sodium broth as called for.

pjmlx3 March 09, 2010

This was a delicious stew! The consistency was just how I like it (nice and thick but not pasty). I'm not a fan of beef stews containing tomato ingredients, and the red wine and cremini mushrooms were a nice touch. I cut this recipe in half, as I'm cooking for myself only, and I still have leftovers for the freezer. I will definitely make this again!

Atomic Girl Cooks! June 20, 2010

This is a very tasty stew. My 10- and 11 year-old kids don't usually eat mushrooms, but they really gobbled up this stew, mushrooms and all. I will very definitely serve this beef stew again. Thanks for posting such a tasty dish, Sharon123.

NorthwestGal February 08, 2009