Homespun Beef Stew

What is it about cooler weather that makes me want to cook up soups and stews? Some people can eat these foods all year long, not me. Just like some women won't wear white after Labor Day, I have a really hard time making certain foods until the temperature dips down below 80 degrees. I'm grateful for the "cold snap" we've had because it means I can make some of my favorite comfort foods like this Homespun Beef Stew.
Here's what you need:
Stew meat, flour, seasoned salt, oil to brown the meat, beef broth (not pictured), water, packet of onion soup mix, dried rosemary, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, Worcestershire Sauce, frozen peas, frozen corn( not pictured), water and cornstarch
Start by adding the flour and seasoned salt to a gallon-size Ziplock bag. Add the stew meat, seal and shake to coat all the pieces.
Heat the oil in a dutch oven and add the coated stew meat. Cook until the meat is browned.
In a large measuring cup, pour the beef broth and add enough water to make 4 cups. Add in the packet of onion soup mix and stir. Pour this into the dutch oven with the meat and add in the onions. Put the lid on and simmer for one hour. 
Next add in all the rest of the vegetables, the Worcestershire Sauce, and the rosemary.
Combine the 2 tsp. water and 2 tsp. corn starch and pour into the stew. Cover and simmer for another hour. This stew will fill your kitchen with the most amazing aroma.  It will be hard waiting for it to simmer for this last hour, but it will be so worth it.
Homespun Beef Stew

1 1/2 lbs. stew meat cut into smaller chunks
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
oil to brown the meat
16 oz  beef broth + enough water to equal 4 cups of liquid
1 packet onion soup mix
1 tsp. dried rosemary
5 carrots cut into chunks
5-7 small potatoes cut into chunks
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
frozen peas
frozen corn
2 tsp water
2 tsp cornstarch

Mix flour and seasoned salt together. Coat the small pieces of stew meat in the flour mixture. Heat oil in  dutch oven. Place the coated stew meat in the hot oil and cook over medium heat until browned.  In a large measuring cup, pour in beef broth and enough water to equal 4 cups of liquid. Add in the onion soup mix packet and stir. Pour over the browned meat and cover. Simmer for about 1 hour.  Add in the carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, frozen corn, frozen peas, Worcestershire sauce and dried rosemary. Stir together water and cornstarch  and add to the stew to thicken.  Cover and simmer for one hour more. (Note: If you are concerned about sodium, I would suggest leaving out the seasoned salt and/or replacing the beef broth with a lower sodium version or just water.)
Your family is going to love this stew.  It is full of flavor and fills you up with all the comfortable feelings of home.  Enjoy!

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  1. Oh that looks so good! It's cold & dreary here...this is the perfect meal for a day like today.

  2. My husband would love a bowl of that for his dinner. :)

  3. Nici, this looks sooooo good! My husband is going to LOVE it. Thanks for sharing:)


  4. Nici,
    There is nothing better than a great bowl of Beef Stew on a cold rainy day, it looks delicious! Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Beef stew is a family favorite! This looks delicious! YUMMY!

  6. Mmmm, love beef stew on cold fall days! Yum!


  7. Nom nom nom!! I LOVE stews in the fall & chili in the winter. I hope ya have a great Monday!


  8. Yum!!! I love beef stew!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. :) I'm going to have to try this out soon!

    I found your blog via Marvelous Mondays blog hop. :)

    xo - Sheila

  9. Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell! I hope you'll be back this week with more!


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