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Basic Beef Stew

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“I know, I know, not another beef stew recipe. But, after reviewing 5 pages of beef stew recipes posted here, this does not appear to be a duplicate. It's our favorite. When I use my pressure cooker it's ready in less than an hour, and the flavor can't be beat. Note for the World Tour participants - stews are an English tradition, and typically include meat and root vegetables. English peas are also very common in British cookery.”
1hr 35mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add meat; brown well.
  3. Add onion and garlic; saute until transparent.
  4. Add 4 cups water (slightly less if using pressure cooker) and tomato sauce.
  5. Add bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes.
  7. Add carrots, potatoes and peas.
  8. Cover and cook 30 minutes on medium low or until vegetables are tender.
  9. Add corn starch slurry if sauce is too watery.
  10. Bring stew to a boil, stirring constantly.
  11. Boil 1 minute.
  12. Add Maggi seasoning and serve with crusty rolls.
  13. **Note-Time can be reduced if cooking in a pressure cooker.
  14. However, please check your pressure cooker instruction booklet for proper times.
  15. Each pressure cooker is different.
  16. Mine reduces time by 1/3.
  17. Some others reduce cooking time by 2/3.

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