Northern Italian Beef Stew

Prep: 30min

Cook: 4h20

Servings: 4h50


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • 2 pounds lean top round, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • 2 large sweet onions, diced.
  • 2 cups large chunks of celery.
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large rounds.
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced.
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic.
  • 2 cups dry red wine.
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped.
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes (such as Red Bliss), cut into 1-inch chunks.
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil.
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme.
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage.
  • 1 quart beef stock.
  • 2 cups tomato sauce.


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef in batches in hot oil until browned completely, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove browned beef cubes to a plate lined with paper towels, keeping skillet over heat and retaining the beef drippings.
  2. Cook and stir onion, celery, and carrots in the retained beef drippings until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes.Stir mushrooms and garlic into the onion mixture.
  3. Pour red wine into the pan; bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Continue cooking the mixture until the wine evaporates, 7 to 10 minutes.Stir tomatoes into the mixture.
  4. Return beef to skillet with potatoes, basil, thyme, marjoram, and sage. Pour beef stock and tomato sauce over the mixture. Bring the liquid to a simmer.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the beef is very tender and the sauce is thick, 4 to 6 hours.