Why make a regular beef stew when you can make an Italian version with even more flavour? This is a healthy meal your whole family will love.
- 4 medium carrots, chopped into 1/2-inch thick pieces (2 cups)
- 3 stalks celery, chopped into 1/2-inch thick pieces (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 1/2 lbs rump roast, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 3/4 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces
- 8 oz cremini mushroom, sliced
- 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- Parmesan or Romano cheese, for serving (optional)
- Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large enameled cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Once hot add carrots, celery and onion and saute until lightly golden, about 5 - 6 minutes. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour mixture into a heat proof bowl and set aside.
- Place beef in a large resealable bag, add flour and season lightly with salt and pepper. Seal bag and toss well to evenly coat beef in flour. Return pot to medium-high heat, add remaining 3 Tbsp olive oil. Once oil is hot add beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned. Add 1 cup broth and red wine vinegar and cook, stirring frequently while scraping bottom of pan to loosen browned bits on bottom, until sauce has thickened. Add remaining 3 cups beef broth, diced tomatoes, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, bay leaves, potatoes, mushrooms and sauteed veggie mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover pot and simmer 3 - 4 hours, stirring occasionally, until beef is very tender.
- Stir in fresh basil and parsley. Serve warm sprinkled with Parmesan or Romano cheese if desired.
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