Slow-Cooker Sunday Stew

Total Time:
6 hr 40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
6 hr 20 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 medium onions, cut into quarters, keeping the root end intact
  • One 10-ounce container plain white button mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, halved and partially seeded
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • About 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Buttery Lemon Parsley Noodles, recipe follows, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
  • Buttery Lemon Parsley Noodles:
  • 1 pound pasta (fettuccine, linguine, angel hair)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside. Pour off any excess oil, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the skillet.

  • Put the flour and some salt and pepper in a resealable plastic bag and add the beef. Toss to coat the beef thoroughly. Heat the bacon grease in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef to the skillet in 2 batches and brown on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Set aside.

  • Put the onions in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add the beef, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, garlic and jalapeno. Season with a big pinch of salt and some black pepper. Cut the bacon into large pieces and sprinkle them over the top.

  • Pour the beer into a pitcher, whisk in the tomato paste and Worcestershire and then pour it over the vegetables. Add enough beef broth to just cover the meat and top with the parsley and rosemary sprigs. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

  • Serve with Buttery Lemon Parsley Noodles and garnish with about 1 teaspoon of parsley per portion.

Buttery Lemon Parsley Noodles:
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. (If using angel hair, stop just short of the al dente stage.) Drain and set aside.

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the olive oil. Add the parsley, garlic and lemon zest and stir. Throw in the drained pasta and cook, tossing and coating it in the mixture, so that a few of the pieces get a little bit of a pan-fried texture to them, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice and some salt and pepper and toss again.

Cook's Note: If the stew is fatty, carefully remove the vegetables and meat. Strain the liquid and skim off any fat, then return the meat and vegetables to the gravy.


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