Beef and Root Vegetable Stew


Beef and Root Vegetable Stew with red wine

Something very upsetting happened over the weekend. I finished the series, The Killing.

Noooooooooooooooooo! < – I’m still in the denial stage of my bereavement.

I’ve had a sweltering love affair with the show ever since my mother attentioned me to it. Because I a.) am uni-tasker, b.) have an obsessive personality, and c.) had the most impossible, sultry, crush on Holder, I ultra marathon watched that thing whilst spoon-feeding myself almond butter until my contact lenses suction cupped to my eyeballs and there

You do the same. mmmhmmm, I know it.

It’s always a gratifying feeling to just jam out a series…you know, really blow it out of the water…watch it dead. Let obsession reeeeeeeeign! The characters become so interwoven into all of your fibers that they make you want to do silly, unlike you things like wear leather, eat donuts, stay up late, and chain smoke. And you legit miss them after the show ends. Here’s lookin’ at you, Holder. You saucy hunk of fictional character. You and Linden look like you could use some beef stew.

Beef stew that’s been marinating in wine, for crying out loud!

Dis pot. It’s real deep. Bonus points: It’s totally legal in all 50 states. And filling.

Beef and Root Vegetable Stew

I adapted the recipe from Katie at the Kitchen Door. You won’t believe how stinking easy this thing is. You put most of the ingredients in a pot and stick it in the refrigerator for like a day for a little pre-gaming. And then you put the pot on your stove top and cook the thing. Sinking. Easy. IWILLSAY: the next time I make this recipe, I’ll saute the veggies first in order to get a little caramelization action going.

Yucca root, orange slices, and red wine make this whole stew a game changer. The yucca soaked up the wine and beef flavor like little sponge champs and made for the densest, most delicious carb source. The wine, orange slices, and cinnamon stick add a rich je ne sais quois-ness to the recipe that it throws your mind for a real loopty loop.

Because I was concerned that the yucca root would take longer to cook than the rest of the ingredients, I added cooked yucca to the stew once it was finished simmering. You can try adding raw yucca in order to eliminate one step, but know that the stew may require more cook time. If you’re unfamiliar with yucca, you can check out my tutorial on How To Cook Yucca Root. Yeeeeers, you can add potatoes instead of yucca, but where’s the fun in that?

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Beef and Root Vegetable Stew with red wine

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Beef and Root Vegetable Stew with red wine

Beef and Root Vegetable Stew

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Author: Julia
Recipe adapted from Katie at the Door


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped into wedges
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 large navel orange chopped into eighths
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups red wine cotes du rhone
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 16- ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large yucca root cooked
  • 1.5 cups frozen peas


  1. Add the first 11 ingredients (beef through beef broth) to a large stock pot. Cover the pot and place it in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Prepare the yucca root and set aside (or refrigerate) until ready to add to the stew.
  3. When ready to cook the stew, discard the cinnamon stick from the pot, and place pot on the stove top over medium-high heat. Bring the stew to a full boil.
  4. Add the tomato paste and salt and reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue cooking, covered, until all of the vegetables have softened and the meat is cooked through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Add the cooked yucca root and frozen peas and continue simmering for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the sprigs of thyme, bay leaf, and oranges from the stew.
  7. Serve heaping bowls alongside your favorite mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes

If you'd like, you can saute the onion, celery, and carrot prior to adding the rest of the ingredients for the marinade. To do so, add the veggies to the pot with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook over medium-high heat for about 8 minutes. Allow the veggies to cool before adding the rest of the ingredients and placing in the refrigerator.

You can try adding the raw peeled and chopped yucca root to the stew along with the other vegetables without cooking it first, but it may require you to cook the stew longer to ensure the root gets cooked through.

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I have not seen this show, but I feel like it could become my next addiction after AHS!! I am totally the same, where I fiend watch shows…and then I don’t know what to do with my life when they’re over!
    I’ll just face plant into this bowl of amazing and forget about life. Problem solved. Pinned!

    1. Julia Post author

      YOOOOOUUUU WILLLLLLL LOOOOOOOOOVE IIIIIIIT! I’m telling you, watch The Killing when you’re finished with AHS! P.S. I’ve been watching this season of AHS and need to catch up on previous seasons. Fuh-reaky stuff!

    1. Julia Post author

      I’ve heard The Wire is good! I’ll need to take a peak at it slash marathon watch it. Because this gaping hole in my heart ain’t gonna fill itself 😉

  2. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    So, I have heard about this show, but I never got around to watching it. It’s been sooo long since I’ve chain-watched a show–I might have to give this one a try. And yucca!!! I haven’t eaten that in years! My mom used to just boil them, and we would dip it in soy sauce. This stew will keep me warm for sure!

  3. Christina

    I too have an obsessive personality and I also get attached to characters. Maybe we should start a support group! 😀

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Christine // my natural kitchen

    I’m sure this is amazing! Yucca, cinnamon and orange are such original touches! hahah my husband and I love having shows to watch (we have frequent Netflix marathons) so thank you for the recommendation! Right now, we’re watching Homeland which is pretty good!

  5. Susan

    This stew sounds absolutely wonderful. Even though I already have a really nice beef stew recipe, this one would be worth trying. It seems to me that if the yucca is cut into bite-size chunks, it shouldn’t lengthen the cooking time. I just re-read your yucca tutorial, and realized what a great method you found for peeling yucca. I used to do it with a vegetable peeler. And found out the hard way that one should NEVER put yucca peel in the garbage disposal…

    1. Susan

      Tried this yesterday, and am sorry to say I was disappointed in it. I love the combination of orange and yucca, but overall the flavor here was lacking something for us, not sure what. Thank you for getting me to try yucca again (even though my thumbs are still suffering from trying to peel that root…) I’ll find other ways to use the yucca.

      1. Julia Post author

        Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that, Susan! More herbs, maybe? I found the stew to be super rich and flavorful, so I’m not sure what could have happened. Sorry the recipe wasn’t a winner for ya – I’ll let ya know if I re-vamp the recipe.

  6. Erin @ The Almond Eater

    That’s exactly how I felt with Breaking Bad… I was SO upset when I had finished watching all the episodes. I’m currently watching Mad Men and if I don’t get to watch at least 2 episodes every night I get pretty sad.

  7. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Oh I hate that sad feeling after a show or book series ends. I WANT MORE. ACK. And I want more beef stew. Forever and always. Oh and um do you listen to Serial…just saying you should check it out if you haven’t all ready. It’s highly addicting.

  8. Casey

    I haven’t seen the Killing yet but I’m a total binge watcher as well! It’s the only way in my opinion BUT my boyfriend likes to watch one episode a week! Been looking for a beef stew recipe and this looks great. thanks 🙂

  9. Kellyl

    Just found your site and love it! Came here through a google search for celery root recipes, as I am getting more into root veggies these days. Your writing makes me literally lol, and I share your love of meat. I haven’t watched the Killing, but will seek it out. I am to the point where I can hardly watch TV the regular way, with commercials and such, because binge-watching is soooo much better! Oh….and I am def making this stew! Thanks for the recipe! (and all the others….:))

  10. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    Mt friend, I haven’t never thought about add yucca in my stew! What a great idea! I love yucca. here is Brazil (I am in Brazil right now for the holidays) yucca is a great hit. I should try this recipe since yucca is one of my favourite roots 😉

  11. Joanne

    I love powering through shows, but the.boy is more a fan of waiting in between episodes. Will I ever understand him? Might have to distract him with this soup while I sneak more of The Blacklist. that seems reasonable.

    1. Julia Post author

      How do men have so much self-control?? This, I will never understand. I’ve never seen the Blacklist, but am looking for a new show to addict myself to, so I’ll have to give ‘er a whirl.


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