Italian Beef Stew

October 13, 2009

This is another recipe that came from an old issue of Bon Appetit.  I’m sure I’ve changed it here and there over the years but the basics remain.  I always serve it over Parmesan Polenta but it’d be good over egg noodles or other pasta.


  • Stew Beef, about 2 pounds
  • Whole Tomatoes, 2 large cans
  • Yellow or White Onion
  • Garlic, 4 or 5 cloves
  • Italian Parsley
  • Red Wine
  • Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Cloves
  • Beef Broth
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Bell Peppers

Chop the onion and garlic.

KBP_1070Snip about a third of a cup parsley and a couple tablespoons of rosemary.

KBP_1085In a large stock pot heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Brown the beef in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan.

KBP_1096Remove the beef to a bowl and set aside.

KBP_1105Add the onion, garlic and parsley to the pot and stir over medium heat until the onion softens and begins to brown.

KBP_1110Add a teaspoon or so of the cinnamon, cloves and allspice.  Throw in a couple of bay leaves and stir in the rosemary.  Musicians playing while you cook are optional but highly recommended.

KBP_1115Pour in about a cup of dry red wine and stir well, scraping the bottom of the pot.  Bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes. Pour yourself a glass of wine since the bottle’s already open.

KBP_1124Return the beef to the pot.  Add the tomatoes and enough beef broth to cover everything.  Break up the tomatoes by pressing them against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon.  Simmer for a while.

KBP_1131Meanwhile, slice the red peppers into thin strips.

KBP_1142Once the meat is nice and tender add the red peppers.  Simmer for a few more minutes, until the peppers are soft.

KBP_1143Let it sit a few minutes to cool before serving.

KBP_1154Ladle over Parmesan Polenta.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barbara October 13, 2009 at 10:46 am

Congratulations on a beautiful new site! Your photographs are wonderful, as always, but seem to be bigger and clearer. Need I say the stew looks delicous?


2 Max Lechler January 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

yummmmy:P thanks for ur share i’d love to follow u.anyway happy new year ~~~~


3 Patrick October 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Your link for the parmesan polenta is not working. it opens with http://http// – I think you should change it… ;-)


4 Karen Bove October 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Fixed! Thanks for the heads up:)


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