Italian Beef Stew
This Italian Beef Stew is everything you want in a comforting, hearty meal with huge depth of flavor. Cooked low and slow with Italian wine, fennel, Roma tomatoes and beef broth.
If you know me, you know I like to make my own broth because there is nothing better than the best broth because it can be the foundation flavor of soups, sauces and is also perfect to moisten dry meat. If the broth is not good, then the finished dish will not be good.
There is a healthy food that is taking the world by storm and it’s nothing new. The simple act of cooking beef bones, vegetables, herbs and spices to create delicious broth has been around for thousands of years. The broth is slowly simmered to extract the collagen, amino acids and minerals that results in a nutritious liquid. The benefits of the nutrients the come from the broth can help with digestive health.
When I was thinking about what recipe to make to highlight the broth, beef stew immediately came to mind. The weather is turning cold and nothing is more comforting that a hearty bowl of stew and in honor of my husbands heritage, I made it Italian.
To make it Italian, I used ingredients that are popular in Italian cooking like a full bodied red wine, fennel, Roma tomatoes and rosemary. To develop the flavors, the stew simmers for 2 hours and the result is an intense, deep-flavored beef dish. Serve with a creamy polenta and you’ll be in Italian comfort food heaven.
Slow Cooker Method
This recipe also works well in the slow cooker so you can make it all year round. Prepare per the recipe to step 11. Instead of simmering on the stovetop, transfer to a preheated slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
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