Root Stew

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 2 hours


8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
While inventing a new form of comfort food, I made a stew of carrots, turnips, parsnips and rutabaga. When I'm in the mood to change things up, I add potatoes or chicken. —Maria Davis, Flower Mound, Texas


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 medium turnips
  • 2 medium parsnips
  • 1 small rutabaga
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Brown beef in batches. Remove from pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 4-6 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in bay leaves, thyme, beef and broth; bring to a boil. Bake, covered, 1 hour.
  3. Peel and cut remaining vegetables into 1-in. pieces; add to Dutch oven. Bake, covered, until beef and vegetables are tender, 1 to 1-1/4 hours.
  4. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
Health Tip: Carrots, turnips and rutabagas are all lower-calorie root vegetables. Adding them to soups and stews is a great way to add volume and nutrients and keep calories in check.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 227 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 676mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.