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Spinach Beef Stew

I came up with this recipe using what I had on hand one day, and it remains a family favorite on these colder New England days. It's a fabulous was to use up leftover roast. In fact, it's so good you might want to plan to have leftovers the next time you make a roast. —Amy Leary, Burlington, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 pound cubed cooked roast beef
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • Sour cream and grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Stir in vinegar and wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.
  • Add the tomato sauce, water, peppers, bay leaves, brown sugar, bouillon and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaves. Add beef and spinach; cook and stir until heated through and spinach is wilted. Serve with sour cream and Parmesan cheese if desired.

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