Amanda's Beef Stew Recipe

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A Family Favorite!
Around my house, beef stew is a favorite, with kids and adults alike. It's such a simple meal really. Not much to it. A few basic vegetables, some meat, stock and an extra or two and voila! Meal for many!

Step 1

In a dutch oven, over medium high heat, cook onions and garlic in olive oil until tender, about 3 minutes. Add stew meat and brown on all sides. Toss in basil, oregano, potatoes, and carrots; stir to coat. Add canned tomatoes, broths and enough water to completely cover ingredients in pot. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium low and cook, uncovered, for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until meat and carrots are tender.

Step 3

Increase heat to medium, add pasta and frozen vegetables; cook for ten minutes more, or until pasta and vegetables are tender. Serve with freshly grated parmasan cheese and garlic bread.

Note: For soupier stew, add more water while stew is cooking (pictured). To freeze leftovers, put stew in a gallon freezer bag. Lay flat on freezer floor until frozen. Once frozen, this can be easily picked up and stacked with other freezer foods.

About the Author:
Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of Magazine at from which she operates several free newsletters, including her favorite, In The Kitchen. To subscribe send any email message to

Things You'll Need

  • 1lb beef stew meat, cubed (round steak works just as well)
  • 1tbsp ea of dried basil and dried oregano
  • 4medium potatoes, unpeeled, cut in quarters, then sliced
  • 1medium onion, chopped
  • 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can chicken broth
  • 1 15oz can beef broth (or vegetable broth)
  • water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1cup miniature soup pasta shells, any shape
  • 1 10oz bag frozen mixed vegetables

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