This hearty beef stew is easy, but not lazy. Braising the meat in red wine and beef broth for an hour before adding the carrots and potatoes ensures the vegetables are tender, not mushy. Frozen peas stirred in at the end add a pop of color and freshness. Get the recipe.
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper. Read more.
Beef stew may be easy to make, but having it come out flavorful is a whole other story. Lisa Lavery of the CHOW Test Kitchen shows you how to build the flavor as you cook in this episode of The Easiest Way, using our Easy Beef Stew recipe as a guide.
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