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Red Pot Of Beef Stew with Gnocchi Dumplings
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Homemade Beef Stew

Easy and hearty homemade beef stew from scratch made with fork tender grass fed chuck roast and potato gnocchi dumplings, in a smoky paprika gravy with subtle hints of clove. 
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Beef stew, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 614kcal
Author Florentina


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 3 lb chuck roast cut into 1″ cubes (organic grass fed)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup fresh italian parsley chopped
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 3 leaves bay
  • 4 whole cloves
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1.25 qt water, filtered
  • 3/5 cup frozen green peas (thawed under some cold water)
  • 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes diced
  • 3/4 lb gnocchi (or golden potatoes) diced
  • 2 carrots (or parsnips) sliced into rounds


  • Heat up a large cast iron dutch oven over medium flame. Season the beef cubes with sea salt and black pepper and toss to coat well with 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Working in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan, brown the beef in the hot pot. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.
  • Add the 2 tbs butter and a lug of olive oil to the pot and sautee the chopped onions until translucent (about 5 min). Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook one more minute until the garlic is fragrant. Stir in the flour and paprika and cook for another minute or so making sure not to burn it.
  • Deglaze the pot with the warm water whisking as you add it to break up any lumps that might form. Bring to a simmer.
    Add the beef cubes back to the pot, the bay leaf, whole cloves and thyme. Cover with a tight lid and allow it to simmer together for 2 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
  • Add the potatoes and carrots to the stew, turn the flame up to med-low and simmer partially covered for another 20 minutes or so until the potatoes are cooked through. Remove from heat.
    NOTE: If using potato gnocchi wait to add them in the last 5 minutes of cooking or boil separately then add them to the stew.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and green peas and give the stew a good stir. Cover with the lid for a few minutes until the tomatoes release their juices and the peas are just heated through.
  • Adjust seasonings to your taste and serve the homemade beef stew with crusty bruschetta and sprinkled with the fresh parsley.
    Preheat your oven to 375"F
    Follow the above steps and after you added the beef cubes back into the stew cover with a tight lid and transfer the pot to the hot oven. Cook for 2 hours then add the carrots and potatoes or dumplings/gnocchi. Cook an additional 20 minutes or so until cooked through and the beef is fork tender.
    Add the beef, onion, garlic, sea salt, potatoes, carrots, cloves, thyme and bay leaf to the slow cooker. In a bowl whisk together the water with the flour and paprika. Pour over the ingredients and drizzle with the olive oil. Cook on hight for 5-6 hours or on low for 11 -12 hours. 


Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 1243mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4716IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 7mg