String Bean Stew

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Stews are not just comfort food made in the winter months.



The summer is the best time with such an abundance of fresh farmers market vegetables or from your own garden (if you are lucky enough to have one) and this string bean stew is a favorite!



Mom made it a few ways with and without meat, you can choose below which recipe to follow of hers.



The beef stew was usually made in the winter cooler months but for meat-eaters, you can always add chicken, pork or beef to either recipe!



There are also many cooking methods to use I will give you all the information in the instructions.



This is a healthy delicious bowl with the best sauce to sop up with a freshly baked loaf of "No-Knead Bread" or my "No-Knead Garlic Rolls", another favorite recipe that goes along with this stew!



The basic recipe below can be adapted with so many other ingredients when it comes to vegetables you like, add or eliminate what you don't like.



Scroll down to the recipe card for the printable recipe.







this is a pot of stew with summer vegetables string beans and squash









Summer Stew




There are so many options to add to a summer stew.



When fresh tomatoes are in abundance, zucchini, green beans, fresh peppers, this stew is fragrant with fresh herbs, spices, and delicious sauce.



This stew is a basic recipe and the sauce is thick and rich tomato-based.



If you are a more brown gravy stew person, you would have to adapt this to use a brown gravy roux recipe and omit a few ingredients.



For a rich brown gravy substitution, follow the recipe below just before the recipe card.












Optional Vegetable and Meat Suggestions


  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • peas
  • corn 
  • celery
  • sweet peppers
  • cubed eggplant
  • hot peppers
  • spinach leaves
  • cubed meats: chicken, venison, beef, Italian sausage links





String Bean Stew with beef or venison



Ingredients for this stew recipe:

scroll to the bottom for exact measurements


  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini Squash
  • sliced mushrooms
  • freshly cleaned ends off of green beans
  • fresh ripe plum tomatoes pureed in the food processor
  • tomato paste
  • fresh thyme, sprig rosemary, basil, parsley
  • dried oregano
  • minced cloves fresh garlic
  • salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
  • water, white or red wine or use beer
  • olive oil






this is a pot of tomato stew with string beans and pork






Cooking Methods


  1. For instant pot, sear the meat first if using with garlic and paste, add all the vegetables and use only 2 cups of liquid, place on pressure cooker mode for 45 minutes.
  2. Slow cooker mode, sear meat on the stovetop if using with garlic and paste, then everything goes into the slow cooker on high for 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Stovetop, sear meat if using, add the garlic and paste last for a few minutes on low heat. Simmer sauce, add the vegetables, and cook on medium heat around 1 hour.





String Bean Stew in a pot with meat and potatoes






For An Easy Brown Gravy Recipe

2 cups of water
1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix
1 (1.5 ounces) package dry beef stew seasoning mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter

Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the brown gravy packet, beef stew seasoning mix, and water.
Stir until combined, add the Worcestershire sauce and simmer.
This can be added to the cooking method of choice and using only have the recipe for tomatoes with the elimination of tomato paste also.




this is a bowl of string bean stew


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More Recipes To Try




Lamb Shank Cabernet
London Broil Stew
Venison Stew Old Fashioned
Italian Beef BurgundyRoast











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String Bean Stew

String Bean Stew

Prep time: 15 MCook time: 1 hourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Here is a summer stew made with or without meat and a favorite Italian style string bean stew. This can be done on the stovetop, instant pots, slow cooker and perfect alone of over rice, pasta or just served with Italian hard crusted bread.

Ingredients:

  • String Bean Stew
  • Yellow Squash 2 or 3 sliced
  • Zucchini Squash 2 or 3 sliced
  • 1 8 to 16-ounce package of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 lb freshly cleaned ends off of green beans
  • 2 lbs fresh ripe plum tomatoes pureed in the food processor
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 or 2 of each: fresh thyme, sprig rosemary, basil, parsley 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 or more minced cloves fresh garlic
  • salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
  • water, white or red wine or use beer
  • olive oil
  • Optional Suggestions: potatoes, carrots, peas, corn, celery, sweet peppers, cubed eggplant, hot peppers, spinach leaves, cubed meats of choice: chicken, venison, beef,  Italian sausage links

Instructions:

  1. String Bean Stew Directions:
  2. In a large saucepan, saute the garlic in 2 tablespoons olive oil for around 1 minute and then stir in the tomato paste.
  3. Note: If using meat saute first until the pink is gone on both sides adding garlic when it's almost done)
  4. Add the tomatoes and herbs and cover with water, wine, or beer then simmer on low for around 15 minutes.
  5. After the sauce is simmered, add all the vegetables and herbs.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste if you like heat add some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  7. Simmer on medium heat until the vegetables are the to the softness you prefer around 1 hour.
  8. If you need more liquid depending on how long you cook the sauce add water, beer or wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
  9. For instant pot, sear the meat first if using with garlic and paste, add all the vegetables and use only 2 cups of liquid, place on pressure cooker mode for 45 minutes.
  10. Slow cooker mode, sear meat on the stovetop if using with garlic and paste, then everything goes into the slow cooker on high for 4 to 6 hours.
  11. Serving suggestions.  Pour over cooked pasta of choice or over white rice.
Calories
259
Fat (grams)
11
Sat. Fat (grams)
5
Net carbs
24
Sugar (grams)
15
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2020

2 comments

  1. When I was a kid, beef stew pretty much just contained meat, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, and gravy but Bev likes your version with green beans and tomatoes which I have also learned to enjoy.

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  2. Such terrific depth of flavor---sounds like an amazing stew!

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