Totally thought SPRING was here a couple weeks ago… and then mother nature went all bipolar and gave us another light dusting of snow.
Eh. So. Over. It.
To keep from freezing to death in my own home (because I shouldn’t have to turn the heater on in March AND I want to save some dolla bills ya’ll) I decided to make some soup. Doesn’t that just warm your soul? Problem is… unless my husband has some sort of visible meat on his plate… it isn’t dinner, it’s a snack.
So my compromise was DELISH! I made this hearty beef stew…
- 1 1/2 lb. beef stew meat
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot (or a lot of baby carrots), sliced
- 1 bunch of celery, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic (I use the pre chopped in a can!)
- 4 cups (1 carton) of No-sodium added beef broth
- 1/2 cup of red wine
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1 butternut squash, chopped
- heat oil in dutch over or large sauce pan (( I love making soups and stews in my Le Creuset Dutch Oven
, shout out to my wonderful mother-in-law!)
- Add chopped onion, stir frequently for about 3-5 mins.
- Add stew meat; stirring frequently until browned.
- Then add garlic, carrots and celery, cook 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add 1 cup broth and 1/2 cup wine, continue to stir! Continue 5-8 mins as liquid reduces.
- Add seasonings, bay leaves and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue to stir occasionally as liquid reduces. 5-8 mins.
- Add remaining broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.
- Hear is where you can do what you need. Recipe calls for you to cook the stew for 2 hours (WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT?!) Let me tell you, it is just as yummerz if you allow it to cook 20 mins… fold some laundry, shower, cat nap…)
- Add butternut squash, cook 10-15 mins
BAM! It’s done, dinner is served and your meat-eating hubs will love it.
Here is why I love good cookware:
Cleaning my Le Creuset is EASY.
Looks like this –>
Even with browning meat. Less time cleaning. More time for me. I like time. I’d like to keep more of it.