Italian Beef or Veal Stew

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




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

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  1. Whirlwind
    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.
  2. Anonymous
    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.
  3. Justthe8ofus
    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.


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