“Don't you love when there is good-for-you food that also qualifies as comfort food? Well, a hearty beef stew is just that -- good-for-you comfort food. One unusual ingredient that I urge you not to substitute is rutabagas -- the purple-top yellow variety of turnip. They have a mild, but distinctive flavor that makes this stew special. Serve with fresh-baked bread or hot French rolls.”
2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a 6-8 quart kettle, brown the beef cubes in olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and add it to the pot.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, 1 can of beef broth, seasonings, Kitchen Bouquet, and rutabagas. Simmer, covered, for 1/2 hour.
  4. Throughout the cooking process, add water as needed to cover meat and veggies.
  5. Add the carrots and continue simmering, covered for 1/4 hour.
  6. Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes and peel them or not, according to your preference. Cut them into 1-inch cubes.
  7. Add the potatoes, frozen vegetables, and pearl onions to the pot and continue simmering for about another 1/2 hour, until the potatoes are tender but not soft.
  8. Empty the 2nd can of beef broth into a bowl and whisk in the corn starch.
  9. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the stew. Bring the stew to a gentle boil, stirring frequently, until the cornstarch mixture is no longer milky-colored and the liquid in the pot has thickened slightly.
  10. If you prefer a thicker stew, mix 1 tablespoon additional cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water and repeat Step 9 until it reaches the desired consistency.
  11. Serve in bowls, with hot French rolls or fresh homemade bread on the side.

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