Living in the internet-age is a stressful thing. And I’m not even talking about social media, or the news. I’m talking about finding recipes. PERFECT recipes. My mom was telling me how back in the day in Russia, they didn’t have cooking books or cooking magazines. Recipes were just developed, handed down, and modified. Now, how nice is that? While I’m not actually being serious (#lovepinterest), I’m sure you know what I’m talking about – you’re googling a recipe and get 4 million results. And that’s not even the worst part! The worst part is that ALL of the recipes on the first page are promising to deliver the “Best. ~Insert Food Here~. Ever. ”
So yeah, it can be pretty stressful 😥. On the other hand, when you do find that perfect recipe, it’s the BEST feeling ever. You know you can lock it down in your recipe binder, favorites folder (or um.. blog?), and enjoy it forever.
Since I discovered this recipe about a month ago, I made it about 10 times, double batch too. Ben has been requesting it over and over again, having beef stew for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And no wonder, it’s so good – nobody would mind having it 3 times a day 😋 .
This recipe was inspired by the beef stew of Once Upon a Chef.
Beef Stew Tips – Lazy Edition
- Use baby carrots and baby potatoes. It makes life SO much easier. I just cut the carrots in half, and the potatoes in quarters.
- Don’t peel baby potatoes. Call the stew “rustic”.
- If you don’t have time to make the stew in one day (3hr in the oven, anyone?), prepare all of the ingredients the day before in a lovely mise en place – liquid in one bowl, onion& garlic in another, then carrots&peas&potatoes, and seared beef in the next.
- Don’t tell anyone – but you can actually pulse the onion in a blender (or a nutribullet), until desired consistency achieved.
- To give the noodles a lovely taste of their own – sprinkle some chicken stock powder on them, it’s so good!
- After cooking the noodles, mix some butter into the bowl – this will prevent the “dry-pasta” syndrome.