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Comfort in a Bowl…

I’ve never been a huge red meat eater, but on occasion, it’s just what my body needs. That being said… I’m not much of a “stew” eater… but there’s something about fall that makes me want comfort food! To me, beef stew is the equivilant of pure comfort in a bowl! A hot bowl of this with a huge piece of crusty bread makes my tummy happy! Here’s how to make pure comfort in a bowl happen…


  • 2 lbs stew beef
  • Olive oil
  • 4 cups low-sodium, low-fat beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestircheire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 yukon gold potatoes, cut into “easy to chew” wedges
  • 3 tablespoons flour

Vegetarians beware… carnivore pictures below…

Heat stove to medium-high. Drizzle olive oil on bottom of dutch oven, brown meat.

Add beef broth

Add Worcerchester sauce, garlic, bay leave, salt, pepper, and paprika

Let soup simmer on medium-low for 1 1/2 hours

Add onion, carrots, & potatoes

Let simmer for 45 minutes or until veggies are tender
In a separate bowl, combine flour with 1/3 cup water… wisk until smooth. Add to stew. This will give the stew a thicker consistency.

Serve with a piece of crusty bread

Pure comfort in a bowl!!

What’s your favorite soup/stew?

What’s your definition of pure comfort in a bowl?

Have a great weekend!!

6 Responses

  1. healthy ashley said on October 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Yum! Now that it’s been getting cold out I’m starting to make soup more. Love soup!

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on October 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Ashley! I’m with you! The cold weather is definitely time for soup!

  2. Peanut Butter Bliss said on October 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    mm anything with warmed carrots & potatoes is total comfort food!

  3. Lele said on October 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Mmm so true. I’m always too lazy to deal with stew meat (cooking it takes sooooooo long) but your stew looks worth the effort!

  4. Karine said on October 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t eat stews but I do agree it is a comfort food!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. eatmovelove said on October 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Love your site – found it through Jenna’s! Oh my – I haven’t had stew forever, but now I want it -it’s so lovely and comforting 🙂