Roasted Garlic Beef Stew

When I saw this recipe for Roasted Garlic Beef Stew on , I knew I had to make it.  It calls for 12 cloves of garlic so it was made for garlic lovers and who doesn’t love all these healthy, whole food ingredients?

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The flavors are phenomenal in this stew!  I made this two days ago and I woke up with a smile this morning  because I know there is one more day of leftovers – happy dance, happy dance!

The creation of these hearty flavors is the method of roasting the garlic in oil in your saucepan and then using this oil to saute your beef and onion.  Delish!  I followed the recipe as written with two small exceptions.  I used baby white potatoes (unpeeled) because I’m lazy when it comes to peeling and cutting up potatoes  (they call for Yukon Gold).  And I used top sirloin steak instead of stewing beef.  That’s just a personal choice and it’s mainly due to my excitement about the recipe and wanting to make a ‘super stew’.

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That’s what my friendly butcher, Steve, called it when we started discussing the best cut of meat to use for this.  I asked him to chop the steak into bite sized pieces and he picked a gorgeous steak and cut it so beautifully.   We really enjoyed discussing our mutual passion for food and I was reminded of the quote from Julia Child,   “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

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I asked Steve for a pic so I could share it with you and he sent me this fabulous photo of he and his wife, Shelly and their beautiful horse, Diamond taken last weekend.   Even the horse seems to be smiling!  Thanks Steve for the super duper service and fun chat 🙂

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With this snowy weather  (and more on the way this week) a big pot of homemade stew is exactly what we need.  The time for this one is longer than my usual recipes so you’ll want to make it on the weekend and freeze some if you have a busy work week.

I love the wholesome goodness of this dish.  Every single spoonful is so satisfying to the taste buds.  Cheers!

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Roasted Garlic Beef Stew
Author: Robyn (adapted from Canadian Living)
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Serves: 8
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1-1/2 lb stewing beef cubes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 4 cups sodium-reduced beef stock
  • 1 cup red wine or beef stock
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. In small saucepan, cover and fry garlic with oil over low heat, shaking pan occasionally, until softened and golden, about 30 minutes. Remove garlic to large plate. Drain and reserve oil.
  2. Meanwhile, peel carrots, parsnips and potatoes; cut into 1-inch chunks. Set aside.
  3. Season beef with half each of the salt and pepper. In Dutch oven, heat 1 tbsp of the reserved oil over medium-high heat; brown beef, in batches. Transfer to plate. Drain any fat from pan.
  4. Add remaining reserved oil to pan; fry onion, 1 tsp each of the thyme and sage and remaining salt and pepper over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until light golden, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add stock, wine and tomato paste; bring to boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Return beef and any juices to pan along with garlic. Add chopped vegetables; reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef and vegetables are tender, about 1-/12 hours. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight container until cold; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
  6. Add peas and remaining thyme and sage; heat through. Sprinkle with parsley.
Calories: 275 Fat: 10g Saturated fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 24g Sodium: 35mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 22 Cholesterol: 42mg


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    February 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Love this stew! The pictures are stunning, especially the picture of Steve, his wife and the horse. What a great relationship with the butcher. You are right, this stew will warm our souls on a chilly day. Lots of love to you. From W.W. xo
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      February 23, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks, Linda. This dish was so fun to make and the flavors were truly memorable. Can’t wait to check out your margaritas!
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    Anita Rivera
    February 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    HELLO THERE! I saw this on your IG page, but I am sure glad I can see the entire post now from my computer! THAT HORSE!!!!!!!!! He IS smiling, dontcha know? teeeee

    A perfect stew for this in between days, waiting for winter to leave and spring to arrive. Happy evening dear friend! (Want that horse.)

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      February 24, 2016 at 6:46 am

      LOL, Isn’t he a beauty, Anita? I knew you’d love him. This stew was so delicious!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 23, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I love a good and hearty stew and the addition of peas is brilliant! So pretty Robyn 🙂 Have a great week!
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      February 24, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Thanks, Tricia! I loved the heart-warming flavors of this stew. And I love your baked fish and vegetables! Thanks for visiting 🙂
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    February 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    No fair! Enticing food on my screen, makes me want to lick the screen. Stew is one of those all time favorites of mine! Because it is so illing and excellent at freezing as well. So I always make enough for ten people. lol

    Your recipe is almost identical to my Gammy’s, so I know it is primo! Except the peas. I never could learn to like them, I wish I could, they’re so good for you but unfortunately it’s just not in the cards.
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      February 24, 2016 at 6:53 am

      Thanks so much, Christine. My favorite food memories come from my grandmother. Isn’t it great the wonderful memories it conjures? 🙂
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    February 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Steve!! Love it! Isn’t it great when you know your local food producers? We live in the country, so our babysitters are also our egg suppliers, and the nearby farmers (in the right season) give us most of our meat and produce.

    This stew looks like total comfort food! It was one of my childhood favorites, and that hasn’t changed. Beautiful, Robyn!
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      February 24, 2016 at 7:34 am

      It’s always great to find people who love good food the way you do, Blair. This stew was super scrumptious. I don’t make stew enough and I’ve decided that I need to make a chicken stew now, lol.
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    February 24, 2016 at 10:26 am

    This stew looks picture perfect.and I wholeheartedly agree, leftover stew makes the world go ’round <3
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    February 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    It’s snowy here today, so I’m definitely craving this wonderful stew! So great to have a good butcher, isn’t it? There’s one meat market we sometimes go to that has some of the best! Anyway, terrific recipe — thanks.
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    This is a perfect stew! I hardly ever peel potatoes either, btw 🙂 Love your butcher/wife/horse photo. So wonderful to have such a great resource for a home cook.
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    February 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Dear Robyn,

    I love this stew !! Such a wonderful comfort food. It reminds me of home. I’m so happy to find you and your beautiful website. I love it very much !

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    Diane (Created by Diane)
    February 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, this look wonderful. I can almost smell the yumminess from here!
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    February 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    This is the most beautiful beef stew ever! Definitely a perfect dish to cook on the weekend and enjoy throughout the week. I won’t mind eating it everyday 🙂
    The horse is so CUTE!
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    Chris Scheuer
    February 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    This looks and sounds fantastic! Indeed perfect for a chilly day, with or without snow! Beautiful photos too 🙂

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    February 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Robyn/
    Wow this looks fabulous and great for a cold Winter’s Day. Love all those healthy veggies and spices you added. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    February 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    This looks like perfect comfort food, Robyn! I just love recipes like this! And the addition of roasted garlic…serious yum! I adore roasted garlic. We’ll be trying this one and I am sending lots of foodie love your way as well! Have a great weekend!

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    Kristen @ The Endless Meal
    March 1, 2016 at 10:25 am

    It’s super rainy and miserable here in Vancouver today and this stew looks like the perfect way to warm up!
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    March 3, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday @ 7 pm EST. Thanks for being part of Real Food Fridays mission to help make this world a little bit healthier every week.

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    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    March 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Great looking bowl of stew – love the family photo too! Wanted to pop by from #FoodieFriDIY and thank you for linking up & let you know I’m featuring your bowl of comfort as a feature this week!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    November 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Well we are not afraid of garlic at our house and I know that the stew has to be delicious.
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    January 14, 2018 at 7:18 am

    A cozy winter stew that can also keep vampires away? I’m sold. Beautiful photos!!

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      January 17, 2018 at 9:22 am

      LOL, That’s a definitel bonus, Jessie! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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    January 17, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Lots of garlic is my type of recipe but I’l l have to wait until our hot and humid summer is over. Bookmarking it!

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      January 17, 2018 at 9:20 am

      I tend to make this in the winter months too, Marcellina. It’s so delicious I could eat it once a week! Lucky you with the warm weather right now 🙂

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    February 17, 2018 at 5:50 am

    This stew looks really delicious and thinking it has lots of garlic is mouthwatering. Would love to try this recipe soon. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I would love to pair it with rice.

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    GiGi Eats
    February 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Landon officially wants to use the crock pot more – so I AM SHARING THIS recipe with him. He wants to make a lot of recipes TOGETHER but all I want is salmon and he doesn’t ALL THE TIME soooooo he’s just going to have to deal with making some dishes in the crock pot for himself! lol!

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      March 6, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      LOL, I haven’t tried this in the crockpot but I’m guessing it would be equally delicious. As much as I love salmon, this could possibly be my favorite meal ever! Tell Landon to go for it, lol.

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