Mom's Italian Beef Stew

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Italian old fashioned beef stew is pure comfort food.

Even though mom made this almost every week during the winter months, I love it with all fresh vegetables in the summer when they are plentiful.

The fresh string beans, garden tomatoes with any meat you like can go into the stew.

We love to use a nice thick piece of London Broil and cut it into chunks it makes a very flavorful stew not to mention makes this cut of meat super fork tender.

If you are looking for an easy recipe for stew this is it and the bonus is a healthy meal that is addictive in flavors!

You may also like Venison Stew and my Pressure Cooker Beer Stew.

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this is a bowl of freshly made beef stew with potatoes, carrots, peas and london broil

big bowl of fresh vegetable beef stew

Hearty and Comforting

This all in one pan meal is the perfect comfort food.

The only other ingredients you need is to serve this with Italian hard-crusted bread to sop up all the delicious sauce this makes.

One thing is for sure you can add and omit whatever you don't like in a stew and adapt it to your family's taste!

Then the best part about this one-pan easy stew, it's super healthy and full of vitamins!

homemade beef stew recipe with fresh vegetables

Ingredients You Will Need

  • London broil or other beef cut into chunks or use any other cut of beef you prefer
  • diced tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • red wine (I use a good grade Merlot)
  • cloves fresh minced garlic
  • fresh zucchini's chopped in chunks
  • fresh peas
  • fresh carrots
  • fresh green beans cut in half fresh or frozen
  • fresh chopped bell peppers
  • medium onion chopped fine
  • sliced mushrooms
  • potatoes peeled and cubed
  • Olive oil or Canola oil
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, 2 tablespoons parsley chopped and rosemary fresh 1 sprig
  • Other Additions that are optional: celery, corn,

fresh tomato sauce with beef and vegetables in a pot for stew

Other Meats and Vegetable Suggestions

  • Chicken
  • Veal
  • Venison
  • Pork
  • Italian Sausage Links
  • cubed potatoes
  • carrots sliced
  • onions
  • garlic cloves
  • zucchini or another squash
  • turnips or another root vegetable
  •  mushrooms
  • green beans
  • peas

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Best Cooking Methods for Stews:

  1. Slow Cookers: saute the meat first on the stovetop then add everything you like to the slow cooker and set it for 6 to 8 hours on low heat 
  2. Stovetop Dutch Ovens: saute the meat first then add your ingredients to a low simmer for 1 to 2 hours 
  3. Oven: use an oven-proof Dutch Oven to saute the meat on the stovetop until browned then add your ingredients. Set the oven to 325 degrees for around 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender. 
  4. Instant Pot: sear the meat, set it to your pressure cook mode, and refer to your instructions booklet ( tip you always need 2 cups of liquid for pressure cooking)

Mom's Italian Beef Stew

Mom's Italian Beef Stew

Yield: 6
Prep time: 15 MCook time: Total time: 15 M
This is how to make the easiest Italian stew with fresh vegetables and any meat you prefer however this one is using London Broil cut into chucks for a tasty comforting meal.


  • 2 lbs stew London broil or other beef cut into chunks or use any other cut of beef you prefer
  • 1 - 28 - ounce can diced tomatoes or use ( 2 lbs fresh whole tomatoes put in food processor pulse till chunky)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine (I use a good grade Merlot)
  • 3 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 2 fresh zucchini's chopped in chunks
  • 2 cups fresh peas
  • 1 cup fresh carrots
  • 2 cups of fresh green beans cut in half fresh or frozen
  • 2 large fresh chopped bell peppers
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 4 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • Olive oil or Canola oil
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, 2 tablespoons parsley chopped and rosemary fresh 1 sprig
  • Other Additions that are optional: celery, corn,


  1. In a large saucepan add 3 tablespoons olive oil saute meat 4 minutes on each side. 
  2. Add tomato paste, garlic saute  2 minutes (and onion if using). 
  3. Add pepper and all the rest of the tomatoes, zucchini, peas, potatoes, green beans, and any other vegetables of choice, then add these herbs, along with 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. 
  4. I also add a dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for heat.
  5.  Stir in the wine and blend together. 
  6. Cook on stovetop for around 2 1/2  hours on low.
  7. Add water if it starts to boil down.
  8. If too watery add a few tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with water.
  9. Can also be done in a slow cooker seasoning the meat with flour first and cook on high 6 hours.
  10. Instant Pot:  brown the meat first and place it on pressure cooker mode for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2020


  1. This looks amazing. I'll take a big bowl please.

  2. It felt SO cold when we went out this this evening. Wish I came home to your wonderful, warm and hearty stew!!

  3. That looks so comforting, hearty and DELICIOUS!

  4. You said you can make in crock pot do you still brown meat dipped in flour then put all ingridents into crock pot and simmer 6hrs

    1. If making in the crockpot I don't flour the meat first you can thicken it at the last 30 minutes with a slurry of water and cornstarch mixed together or sifted flour then add it to the boiling stew to thicken. However you may not even need to do that sometimes its thick enough everyone is different on how they like the sauce. Also I do not brown the meat but again if you prefer to do so first you can brown the meat. Mom never did neither do I for slow cookers. Now Instant pot has that feature to brown it first so if you have that you can flour brown then slow cooker. Hope that helps you


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