Holy shit. This beef stew is so good. It's saucy, flavorful, and melts in your mouth. It may be the buzz I have going on from my $5 white wine from Trader Joe's (Pancake White Wine- like a Muscat, pretty sweet, and really good on the cheap), but this is freakin good. The bastard beef, potatoes, and carrots would not soften. I looked at the time- 8:30pm. Shoot, Alex is about to be home. So I cranked up the stove and let me tell you, it worked. Basically, I would boil it, then simmer, then boil, then simmer and kinda let it hung out for a while. I put it on the stove around 4pm, so that's about 4 hours you're looking at. I did go for a bike ride, so minus an hour or so when it literally was just sitting there.
Makes about 6-8 servings. About 3 hours or so. Cost- about $15
1 package of all natural, horomone free, antibiotic free beef stew meat
4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 celery stalks (ORGANIC people, please. Do you know how many pesticides are on celery? Like 57 or something), cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Russet potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1 inch slices or chunks, or whatever you want to do.
Red wine, whatever is laying around
Small can of tomato paste (the general size)
Normal can of diced tomatoes (bought some fire roasted kind)
Water, from your sink
Put some olive oil in a large soup pot, or whatever you have on hand. Brown the beef just slightly. Add red wine, so that it covers the beef.
Chop the veggies. Add to pot.
Add tomato paste, and the can of diced tomatoes (no need to drain). Add water so that it just covers the top of everything.
Add salt and Italian seasoning.
Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender. Feel free to send it good vibrations and all that jazz.
I'm going to get a second bowl now, and a second glass of wine. Cheers!