Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew (Bourguignon)

Loaded with carrots, turnips, green beans & mushrooms, in a rich beef stock, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew makes a complete meal. Just add whole grain bread.

Loaded with carrots, turnips, green beans & mushrooms, in a rich beef stock, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew makes a complete meal. Just add a whole grain bread.

Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew

It was years ago when I found the original recipe for Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew. I was in the beginnings of a lifelong love of soups, and it seemed inherently sane to make huge pots of soup on Saturdays, freeze it in small portions and thaw midweek for dinner.  As my career ramped up and free time ramped down, this became a lifeline.  

Yes, I was not going to give up healthy, local eating just because career and kids took up, hmmm… 110% of my time.  

Loaded with carrots, turnips, green beans & mushrooms, in a rich beef stock, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew makes a complete meal. Just add a whole grain bread.

Stew, served

In the fall, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew was especially a godsend.  Deeply buried in CSA harvest vegetables, the recipe cut through that crisis, err bounty and provided dinner at the same time. Just add whole grain bread.  

I have been making this recipe for so many years—and tweaked it so many times, that I am not sure how much it resembles the original.  Feel free to take liberties with the quantities and even the ingredients.  I am pretty sure the original recipe had potatoes, but I went with turnips since they freeze better.  Low on turnips?  Try kohlrabi or add more carrots.  I’m sure that’s what our stew-making forbears did! 

Loaded with carrots, turnips, green beans & mushrooms, in a rich beef stock, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew makes a complete meal. Just add a whole grain bread.

Beef Stew

Yes, Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew is perfect to eat in the bountiful fall—and to freeze for a rich, warm meal in the barren days of winter.

Winter is coming.

I couldn’t resist.

Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew
Yields 12
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
488 calories
37 g
99 g
16 g
41 g
6 g
524 g
401 g
8 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
524g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
25%
Saturated Fat 6g
28%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 99mg
33%
Sodium 401mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 5g
20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 41g
Vitamin A
72%
Vitamin C
40%
Calcium
10%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6 ounces bacon (or ¼ - ½ cup vegetable oil)
  2. 1 – 1 ½ c. flour
  3. 2 T. ea thyme, marjoram
  4. 1/2 lb. carrots cut in ½ inch chunks (2 c)
  5. 8 c. low sodium beef broth (or chicken)
  6. 2 lb turnips cut in 1/2 in chunks (4c)
  7. 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  8. 1 bottle dry red wine
  9. ½ cup brandy or cognac (optional)
  10. 16 oz. bag frozen cut green beans
  11. 6 oz can tomato paste
  12. 1 c chopped onions
  13. 2 T. minced garlic
  14. 3 lb beef sirloin or round, trimmed and cut in 1 inch cubes
  15. 2 bay leaves
  16. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. If using bacon, dice the bacon, then fry it in a large stockpot. When it is crisp remove the bacon and half of the fat, retaining both. If not using bacon, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large stockpot.
  2. Coat meat with flour. Brown beef in 2-3 batches, adding additional oil or bacon grease for each batch.
  3. Remove meat then stir in onions and garlic. Sautee until just beginning to brown.
  4. Stir in red wine and brandy if using. Carefully scrape up browned bits from pan and mix into liquid.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients except green beans. Simmer for 1 hour. Add green beans. Simmer another 45 min. Discard Bay leaves.
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calories
488
fat
16g
protein
41g
carbs
37g
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5 thoughts on “Hearty Stovetop Beef Stew (Bourguignon)

  1. David

    Inger – This kind of beef stew was always a favorite in our household. The beef was a constant, but the vegetables change depending on what Mom had in the refrigerator. As it begins to cool off, we will be making your beef stew,

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