Italian Beef Stew Recipe

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A rustic Italian beef stew recipe or ” Stufato di Manzo ” with red wine gravy, tomatoes, mushrooms and potatoes. Italy in a pot!

Orange Pot of Italian Beef Stew on a Blue Rustic Table

Who’s bringing the wine ? I used all mine in the stew, so it is a drunkard style dinner tonight! 

Just like in the case of a rugu alla Bolognese, there are endless variations of Italian beef stew recipes as well.

From family to family, from region to region, from one season to the next, this one pot wonder changes like a chameleon. I sure do hope that makes sense.

I have about 10 different variations up my sleeve, but the one I’m sharing today is a classic that the Batman loves. A riff on this winter blood orange beef and butternut squash stew.

As related as all the recipes are, they also stand on their own, with their unique rustic charm, flavors and textures shining through.

A few variations on this include:

  • potatoes or gnocchi
  • polenta dumplings
  • ravioli pasta or tortellini
  • green peas, lentils, borlotti beans, or risotto rice
  • finished with gremolata
  • with fennel and pancetta
  • peppers and cipollini onions
  • served over creamy polenta (my favorite)

Orange Pot of Italian Beef Stew on a Blue Rustic Table

The #1 secret of a perfect beef stew is the cut of meat!

Ideally made with organic, grass-fed marbled chuck roast, cut up into smaller pieces that can withstand the cooking time of 2+ hours. 

We use a simple process of braising the chuck roast with aromatics in red wine, until it literally falls apart when stabbed with a fork. To that we add mushrooms, and rainbow carrots, and some quickly grilled scallions to brighten up the entire meal at the end. 

White Bowl of Italian Beef Stew with Mushrooms. Carrots, Potatoes and Spring Onions

Depending on your taste you can go for more gravy or less. I prefer to let the entire stew reduce uncovered at the end for about 15 minutes or so. This way the liquid will reduce and thicken up, while the carrots and potatoes will get lovely little golden roasted edges.



Italian Beef Stew Recipe
5 from 11 votes

Italian Beef Stew

A rustic Italian Beef Stew Recipe in red wine gravy, with mushrooms, fire roasted tomatoes carrots and potatoes. Italy in a pot!
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time:2 hours 45 minutes


  • 3 1 /2 lb chuck roast beef cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 1/2 c red wine
  • 3 - 4 c water
  • 15 oz fire roasted tomatoes -diced
  • 4 cloves whole
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 leaf bay
  • 1 sprig sprig
  • 1 large carrot -diced
  • 1 bunch small rainbow carrots (tops discarded)
  • 4 golden potatoes diced (gnocchi or polenta)
  • 8 oz portobella or wild mushrooms
  • 1 bunch scallions or spring onions
  • 2 tsp sea salt + more to taste
  • 3 tbsp flour all purpose


  • Preheat your oven to 350”F
  • In a large cast iron dutch oven add a lug of olive oil and sear the garlic cloves until golden all over. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the onion to the pan and saute until it starts to caramelize, about 15 minutes.
  • Then add the beef cubes to the pot with the onions and sprinkle with the flour over the top. Toss to coat well all over and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and cloves to the pot together with the red wine.
  • Bring everything to a gentle simmer and add the garlic cloves back to the pot. Cook for 10 minutes until the wine has reduced a little.
  • Stir in the fire roasted tomatoes, sea salt and the water. Cover with a tight lid and transfer to the preheated oven for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours have passed, carefully add chopped carrots, rainbow carrots, potatoes and mushrooms to the stew, give it a gentle stir, cover and cook another 25 to 30 minutes until the potatoes and carrots are cooked through and the meat falls apart when stabbed with a fork.
  • Meanwhile clean the scallions and cut them in half. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Toss to coat and pan sear them in a cast iron skillet until nice golden charr marks form. About 3 minutes.
  • Ladle the beef stew into bowls, sprinkle with the parsley and a nice drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Divide the scallions between bowls and serve hot with lots of crusty garlic bruschetta to soak up all the gravy.


For a Paleo version of this stew, simply omit the flour and potatoes.
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Florentina

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  1. 5 stars
    I rarely write reviews online, but I wanted to let you know this will be my new stew recipe forever. Rich and flavorful, and the charred spring onions add a whole new dimension.
    My toddlers will grow up with at least one good memory of my cooking – thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This is very nearly my grandfather’s recipe for stufato di manzo, But his recipe also calls for sedano, funghi diversi, oregano, and fettine di pancetta as well as slivers of roaste dred pepper. Doesn’t matter. You’ve got a great recipe here. All your recipes, for that matter, are great.

    1. Hi BJ, thanks so much for stopping by. I also add wild mushrooms to this when available, depends on the season in California. I try to keep the recipes as simple as possible without sacrificing the flavor. So glad you enjoy the blog recipes here ~ Florentina

  3. Such a perfect dish for the cooler weather we are now having. Wine adds such a wonderful flavor to stews, I recall my mother using it quite frequently in her recipes. I’ve not heard of rainbow carrots, is their flavor different from regular carrots? Look forward to trying your recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    It is looks very similar to french beef bourguignon, beef, red wine, slow cooked! yum! My mum was always making this on Sunday when I lived in France. I will definitely try your recipe. Looks delish. Carine.