Comforting Beef Stew

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours


6 servings

Updated: Mar. 10, 2022
This slow-cooked beef stew just screams comfort to me. It's also family-friendly—my toddlers gobble it right up! —Courtney Percy, Brooksville, Florida
Comforting Beef Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium turnips, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. In same pan, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomato paste. Gradually stir in broth until blended. Return beef to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1-1/2 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, mix flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Add carrots and turnips; cook, covered, 30-40 minutes longer or until stew is thickened and beef and vegetables are tender. Stir in parsley.

Can you freeze Comforting Beef Stew?

Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 375 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 1142mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein.