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Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with root vegetables is a simple gluten-free stew loaded with wholesome flavors. Start with browned stew meat, then simply mix with a rich broth and vegetables in a slow cooker for a comforting and healthy beef stew.

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This time of year I can’t get enough slow cooker soup and stew recipes. Comfort food is a wonderful way to warm up and is a favorite of mine. This Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Root Vegetables is easy, loaded with rich flavor and wholesome ingredients. Plus it’s low-carb and gluten-free.

How to make Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Making a beef stew in a slow cooker is incredibly easy:

  • Sprinkle beef stew meat with salt and pepper and brown in a pan.
  • Remove meat and add red wine to the pan to cook down and create a fond.
  • Combine meat with wine, beef broth, tomato paste, vegetables, and seasonings in a slow cooker.
  • Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours until broth has thickened slightly and beef is tender.

Close up of Slow Cooker Beef Stew in a white bowl garnished with parsley

Ingredients for beef stew

  • Beef chuck roast (stew meat): A tougher meat that’s cheap but full of flavor. Perfect for slow-cooking and becomes fork-tender.
  • Salt and black pepper: Critical for enhancing flavors of the meat and broth.
  • Red wine: Cooks down with the leftover meat bits in the pan to create a flavorful fond.
  • Beef broth: The main base of this beef stew and adds additional beef flavor.
  • Tomato paste: Has an umami effect and really punches up the stew.
  • Italian seasoning: A mix of dried herbs for extra depth.
  • Carrots, celery, onion, and garlic: Root vegetables for hearty flavor and texture.
  • Fresh parsley: A colorful garnish that works well in almost any soup or stew.

Best meat for beef stew

Boneless beef chuck roast is best for stews. Look specifically for “stew meat”, which already has the fat trimmed and is cut into bite-size pieces. Grass-fed stew beef will provide the best flavor, texture, and nutrients.

It’s typically tougher meat but is full of flavor and great for slow cooking until tender. An added bonus of slow cooking is that moisture is held in the pot and the meat will not overcook.

Beef chuck roast is much cheaper than prime cuts of meat and ideal for a large batch stew such as this beef stew with root vegetables.

A bowl of Slow Cooker Beef Stew next to a package of Modern Tabel Lentil Spiral Pasta

Tips for making beef stew in a slow cooker

  • Use organic or grass-fed beef chuck roast for best flavor.
  • Large 1-inch chunks of beef create the best texture and presentation. Once cooked do not shred, simply serve as is.
  • Don’t crowd beef pieces in the pan. This prevents steaming and allows for better browning. Cook in 2-3 batches if needed.
  • Do no discard leftover liquids and meat bits in the pan. You’ll add red wine and cook down to create a flavorful fond.
  • Red wine is will add the most flavor and is a critical step for the broth. You can omit or look for a non-alcoholic cooking wine if needed.
  • I used regular sodium beef broth. If you use low-sodium add more salt to taste if needed.
  • Serve over pasta for a balanced meal. Cook pasta al dente for a slightly firm texture.

Process shot of two images - raw beef chuck pieces just added to a hot pan and another image of the meat pieces after being brownedPro tip: After the meat has been browned the pan should look like this. Do not discard, this is a goldmine of flavor. Add red wine to extract bits and enhance flavors of the stew broth.

Leftover fond (meat bits) in a pan after browning beef stew meat

Do you need to brown meat before slow cooking?

While not required for safe cooking, it’s highly recommended for depth of flavor. Without this critical step, the beef stew will not be as rich. Just a quick brown on the outsides is all that’s needed as the meat will be cooked through while slow cooking.

Browning meats will create a Maillard reaction that browns the proteins. Once cooked, there will be leftover bits in the pan that will be incorporated into the broth. It also creates a nice texture on the meat for a better mouthfeel.

How to serve beef stew

Beef stew has plenty of veggies and is full of flavor on its own but can be served with rice or pasta for a more balanced meal. I used Modern Table Lentil Spirals Pasta as a base.

Modern Table pastas are for those looking for a healthy lifestyle, and a perfect way to get more nutrition from your meals — a blend of nutrition, with the texture of tradition. With only three plant-based ingredients, the plain pastas are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free.

All pastas are lentil-based and contain complete proteins – meaning they have the 9 essential amino acids our bodies need for strong energy good digestion and muscle health. 

Can you freeze beef stew?

The stew will store in the fridge for 3-5 days. This makes a large batch and stores great in the freezer for 3-4 months. When serving leftovers, it’s best to cook fresh pasta each time for best texture.

Process shot of two images - seared stew meat and meat with vegetables in a slow cooker before being slow cooked

Process shot of just cooked Slow Cooker Beef Stew with root vegetables in a slow cooker

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with root vegetables is a simple gluten-free stew that's loaded with wholesome flavors.
Course Entree, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword beef stew with vegetables, easy beef stew, slow cooker beef stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Calories 416kcal
Servings 8
Author: Matt Ivan
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Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds beef chuck roast, (stew meat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 3 cups organic beef broth
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 8 ounces Modern Table Lentil Spirals Pasta

Instructions

  • If meat is not pre-cut, cut into 1-inch squares. Sprinkle each side generously with salt and pepper.
  • Bring olive oil to medium-high heat in a large non-stick pan or skillet. Add beef pieces, without crowding the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes until browned. Rotate and brown the other sides for 1-2 minutes. Remove meat from pan and repeat process for rest of beef chuck roast pieces. Note: Do not discard leftover liquids in pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add red wine. Scrape bottom with a wooden spatula to lift up flavor bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes to reduce slightly.
  • Pour red wine mixture into a large slow cooker. Stir in beef broth, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning. Fold in browned stew meat, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic.
  • Cover and slow cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours.
  • When beef stew is almost cooked: Cook lentil pasta according to package directions and drain.
  • Place cooked pasta in bowls and top with beef, vegetables, and some of the broth. Sprinkle with parsley as a garnish.

Notes

  • Use organic or grass-fed beef chuck roast for best flavor.
  • Don’t crowd beef pieces in the pan. This prevents steaming and allows for better browning. Cook in 2-3 batches if needed.
  • Just a quick brown on the outside of the stew meat is all that's needed, as the meat will be cooked through while slow cooking.
  • Do not shred the beef once slow cooked, serve as is.
  • I used regular sodium beef broth. If you use low-sodium add more salt to taste if needed.
  • Cook pasta al dente for a slightly firm texture.
  • The stew will store in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for 3-4 months. When serving leftovers, it’s best to cook fresh pasta each time for best texture.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Root Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 831mg36%
Potassium 1004mg29%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 4070IU81%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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