This hearty beef and vegetable stew can be made in the slow-cooker if you prefer. It is also the backbone for an excellent beef soup, if you actually have any leftovers!
To create a soup from this stew, chop up vegetables and beef pieces into much smaller pieces and add vegetable stock or water until it resembles a soup. Simmer briefly, but not too high as it will make the soup extremely cloudy.
I used two and a half pounds of stew meat because honestly, I can't afford top round. I also used sliced baby bella mushrooms instead of crimini. I did not have time to make this in a dutch oven. I browned the meat in the oil, then added it to my crockpot with the celery and the carrots. I then sauteed the onions and garlic in the drippings with a little butter until the onions turned translucent, then I deglazed the pan with the wine. I poured all of it into the crockpot, then added the tomatoes, potatoes, spices, beef stock and tomato sauce. I let this cook all day until my family got home. I made homemade yeast rolls to go with. This was one of the best stews I've ever made. It's got a beef burgundy feel to it, it's rich and decadent tasting. I had a big bowl when I got home from work and it was like eating a big hug. EXCELLENT recipe. - 21 Sep 2012 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Big and hearty, with a beefy tomato taste. Rich and robust, satisfying, stick to your ribs good. Other than coating the meat in flour first, I made no changes to the recipe. I had my doubts that 4-6 hours simmering was necessary and even thought it might work against this dish, but I chose to follow the directions. After two hours I was ready to call it quits but let it go another hour – and shouldn’t have. By this time, three hours, the meat had broken down and started to fall apart into small pieces. I would have much preferred a stew with good-sized chunks of meat. Four stars rather than five for directions that essentially took this backward as it overcooked. After two hours it seemed to have reached a turning point and lost quality beyond that. An hour and a half to two hours would have resulted in tender meat that still held its shape. - 11 Nov 2013 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Delicious! I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I used canned diced. Also, I didn't have all the herbs recommended, so I used dried Rosemary, Thyme and Basil. Used Chiati for the red wine and it went beautifully with the finished product. Best beef stew I have ever made! Such an easy recipe too! My husband loved it! - 16 Oct 2012 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)