The Basics: How to Make Beef Stew

The Basics: How to Make Beef Stew

An easy belly-warmer

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

You'll need:

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  • a medium or large pot with a lid
  • a heatproof container
  • one large potato
  • one onion
  • one celery stalk
  • one carrot
  • one pound of beef stew meat
  • salt and pepper
  • a few spoonfuls of flour
  • oil (any kind)
  • tomato paste (optional)
  • two bay leaves
  • red wine (optional)
  • one quart of beef broth

Illustrations by Bill Russell