What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Beef Stew

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How to Make a Slurry

It’s very simple to make a slurry: just mix equal parts cornstarch and water. I told you it was easy!!.

Slowly add a small amount of this mixture to simmering soup or stew to achieve the desired consistency. To ensure you cook out any starchy flavor, boil your stew for at least one or two minutes after it has thickened.

A slurry will settle in a few minutes if left to sit before being added to soup or stew, so stir it well before adding it. Sometimes, instead of using water, I combine the cornstarch with low-sodium or no-sodium broth.


First, let’s discuss how we created this simple recipe for vegetable beef stew.

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F while preparing the rest of the kitchen.
  • Prepare the beef by seasoning the chunks with salt and pepper on all sides. To coat the seasoned beef on all sides, sprinkle flour over it and toss.
  • Warm Skillet: Place a large Dutch oven over medium heat with the olive oil. Use a covered skillet or pot that is oven safe if you don’t have a Dutch oven.
  • Cook beef partially by browning it in batches for three to four minutes on each side. Now is not the time to worry about fully cooking the beef. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.
  • Add remaining ingredients: Next, put the carrots, onions, and garlic in the Dutch oven. Cook, stirring periodically, for two to three minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown. Stir in the potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce. Scrape up any browned bits from the pot’s bottom with a wooden spoon.
  • Mix and simmer: Stir the mixture and return the beef to the pot after bringing it to a simmer.
  • Cook in Oven: Place the Dutch oven (pot) in the preheated oven and cover it. Cook the stew for 2-2. 5 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the bay leaf.
  • To serve, taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm.

Note: Use medium to low heat, cover the pot, and simmer the beef stew for 60 to 90 minutes to finish cooking it on the stovetop. Use a fork to check if the beef is tender from time to time, and if the sauce begins to dry out, add some broth or water.