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Rustic Beef Stew

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Blustery fall days make us want to eat something that warms the soul, and nothing says warm and cozy like beef stew. This time, we give the slow cooker a rest and let the Dutch oven do the work. Throw a few ingredients into a pot and the kitchen will soon be toasty and smell delicious as this hearty meal bubbles away on the stove.

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A good old-fashioned beef stew is delicious, but we love a more rustic take on the traditional recipe. Here’s how we like to put a little twist on it: skip the carrots and celery for fire-roasted red peppers, and instead of potatoes to “thicken” everything up, we add something completely different – cream of mushroom soup. Changing up the classic ingredients with the peppers and creamy soup really offers a deliciously new pop of flavor. C’mon…can you think of a better way to end a fall day?!? Grab a slice of crusty bread and enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper Beef Stew

2 hours to prepare Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can fire roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
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Preparation

  1. Place flour in a large bowl and toss beef until coated.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and, working in batches, brown beef. Set aside.
  3. Add diced shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until softened.
  4. Add garlic, stirring frequently for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  5. Mix in fire-roasted bell peppers, tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire, and browned beef, stirring to pick up additional flavor from the beef bits. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, stir in cream of mushroom soup and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
  7. Ladle into serving bowls and serve with a side of crusty bread. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction

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