Italian Hearty Beef Stew

Italian Hearty Beef Stew with side of Polenta
  • 1 lb beef chuck, or lean stew meat
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried minced garlic, or 2 tsp garlic powder, or 5 cloves fresh garlic minced [yep, that's a LOT of garlic! But trust me, it's so, soooo good!]
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion [or 1 medium onion chopped]
  • 3 cups beef broth [3 cups water+ 3 tsp or cubes of beef bouillon] *OR* 1.5 cups broth and 1.5 cups red wine
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 large potato
  • 1/4 cup Tomato paste
  • 2 TB dried Parsley flakes [added just before serving]
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 3/4 cup water 
  • 1.5 cups milk
  •  1 tsp salt
**add Meat and spices to large pot and cover with 3 cups of beef broth [water and 3 cubes of beef boullion] Cover and let simmer for 30-45 minutes**
While simmering, cut up 3 medium carrots and one large baking potato [or 2 small-medium regular potatoes]
Stir beef occasionally. At least 30 minutes into beef simmering time add veggies, continue simmering , covered, for 30 minutes more.
At end of veggie cook time add 1/4 cup Tomato paste and 1 tbsp of dried parsley.
Cook maybe 5 minutes more.

Polenta :
**Takes less than 5 minutes**
3/4 cup water , 1.5 cups milk, and 1 tsp salt --3 minutes in microwave**
**When heated pour into small sauce pan on stove on med-hi , add 1/2 cup corn meal and stir until thick like cream of wheat. Remove from heat and serve along side of stew in bowl--mix together as you like.
Serves 4

Very hearty and full of robust flavor

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