Old-Time Beef Stew

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Old-Time Beef Stew Old-Time Beef Stew Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 6
Difficulty: Easy

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2 lb stew beef
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cup water
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1   clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2   bay leaves
1   medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
dash ground allspice or ground cloves
3   large carrots, sliced
4   red potatoes, quartered
3   ribs celery, chopped
2 tablespoon cornstarch





Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots, potatoes, and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

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This is the best stew recipe ever! My husband found this recipe. He does add some different vegies to it sometimes. He also adds beef broth and a little more cornstarch to make it feed more people. (teenagers) But super yummy!

By Cindy Stockhaus on January 24, 2014


"I am not a cook." Ha Ha. But I felt like one. Thank you so much Paula for this delicious beef stew recipe. My husband absolutely loved it. It was easy to make and it boost my confidence that I actually can cook something worth making again and again.

By Susan on November 30, 2013


Outstanding recipe. It's also forgiving: I've added additional veggies (peas, green beans, potatoes, snow peas) on different occasions. Recipe x 1.5 plus simple salad feeds 7 big eaters for lunch.

By Benjamin Phillips on September 28, 2013


This is by far my favorite stew recipe. It is so easy to make and it is sooo delicious! We are actually having that for dinner tonight!

By Sylvain B. on September 23, 2013


I'm very excited to make this stew, it looks so yummy! I'm going to wait until I can go to the Farmer's Market this weekend, but I wanted to share with any other ladies out there doing WW. This is 9 points per serving! Thank you Paula for your wonderful recipes! I support you all of the way!

By Mrs. B on July 31, 2013


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By phylliss on July 22, 2013


Dear Mrs. Deen, Thank you for being there to always help us make wonderful dishes. You always do a great job in any food area. Also, Please know we are behind you and send blessings to you. I am sorry you are being treated so badly over an event from many years ago. Some people are looking for any excuse to start trouble and they forget the saying.. "if anyone be without guilt, let him throw the first stone". You are a great cook , a good person and a wonderful mother from what I have heard. Hold your head high and be proud of all you have done. Many of us think you need not say (Sorry) to anyone. That event was then,live in the moment and know not everyone is out there to ruin people's lives. Thank You, Mrs.Cebollero

By Theresa M. Eckley Cebollero on July 17, 2013



By maureen on July 05, 2013


Very tasty

By Lucy Mio on March 12, 2013


I made this recipe today and it was really good but it didn't have enough broth. Do I add more water or should I use beef broth and how much? Please advise. Thanks.

By Anonymous on January 27, 2013


Paula, This recipe sounds great but I find it hard to believe there is no mention of adding any liquid. No water, no wine???? I am afraid to try this recipe without any liquid. Please advise. Thank you. Betty Thomas AKA "Queen Bee"

By Betty Thomas on January 04, 2013


I was just wonderin, why no pictures??? such a beautiful family also does Paula do anything about diabetic cooking as I am 73 and diabetic. thank you, Carol

By carol on January 03, 2013


Love your shows,your family and grandkids. You make getting older something to be proud of. Thank you for all you do.Keep the shows and cookbooks coming. You are cared for

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Have thought for sometime I'd like to own the Crosby and Taylor Vineyard measuring cup set. Then recently I saw things were on sale and they were among them and free shipping! So I tried to order them to find out they were not on sale. Do they ever get reduced? I am a big Paula fan owning all of her cookbooks, get the magazine and order things from time to time and watch her show whenever I am able. So, just a question as they look like great measuring cups, but think they are a bit pricey. Thank you for your time and continued good luck to Paula and her gang. Happy New Year.

By Anonymous on January 03, 2013


this is the first time i have tried this recipe its only been simmering for like 30 mins and my house smells so good my kids an hubby will love me for this one!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks paula look forward to trying more looks so good cant wait to share this with my family

By melissa claxton on November 14, 2012



By Heather on May 01, 2012


I'm really enjoying making this and it smells delicious

By Anonymous on March 06, 2012


Quite cold here in Mexico City and looks like the rest of the week it will be like that. Planning to make a warm and soothing beef stew. Thanks Paula this is a great way not to feel so home-sick

By christina fuente on February 07, 2012


My favorite beef stew recipe!! My boyfriend is a big carnivore, and he loves when I make this beef stew. I serve it over quartered baby red potatoes pan fried with olive oil and Emeril's Essence. The combo is SO DELICIOUS! Paula--Anyway you could convert this recipe for slow cooker for us working ladies? smile

By Lindsay on January 21, 2012


wow its cold out today. -7 below zero. its time for something warm and soothing. im new to paula deans style of cooking so this is my very first recipe. i chose her recipies because her cooking is something my family can identify with. this website is very easy to use and i can get all of the ingrediants at the market where i live which is a challenge.

By sarah honey on January 18, 2012

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