Italian Beef or Veal Stew

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Beef stew the way my grandmother used to make it! A good hearty dinner on a cold winter night, served with lots of warm, crusty, Italian bread for dunking into the sauce, mmmmmmm....... Tastes even better the second day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 6 quart pot, brown the meat with the onions in oil.
  2. Add the mushrooms, and cook until the juices start to run.
  3. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic, wine and bay leaf to the pot and cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the carrots, potatoes and just enough boiling water to cover the vegetables.
  5. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about another 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are almost tender.
  6. Add the green beans and a bit more boiling water if necessary to cover the green beans.
  7. Continue cooking over medium low heat until all vegetables are tender, about 10 more minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir well.
  9. Serve with a good crusty bread.
Most Helpful

I made this exactly as stated about a month ago and I must say it was excellent. You are right, the next day is even better! Off to make it again right now... perfect for this drizzly fall day.

Whirlwind October 17, 2009

I had a real hard time following this recipe. I started preparing this dish as the instructions stated but found myself freaking out on the 2nd step when I didn't know what temp to use and the dish started burning. I have tomato puree burns on my wrists and stains on my shirt from the splash back trying to assume what temp I should be using. Also the recipe doesn't mention if the pot should be uncovered or covered during any of the steps. I see on the last step a temp is finally mentioned but that doesn't help if I can't get through the initial steps. These recipe needs more detailed instructions.

Anonymous December 04, 2015

This was really good. The carrots went especially well with the rest of the ingredients. I served this meal over white rice. Perfect as a hearty meal.

Scribbler515 January 07, 2015