Beef Stew, Bologna Style

Looking for an Italian dinner? This luscious stew is simply beef steak mixed with vegetables and flavored with red wine and vinegar.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1 1/2
pounds beef boneless sirloin steak, about 1 inch thick
1
tablespoon olive oil
4
ounces sliced imported pancetta or lean bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1
cup sweet red wine or beef broth
1
tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1
medium carrot, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
2
fresh or dried bay leaves

  • 1 Remove fat from beef. Cut beef into 1-inch cubes.
  • 2 Heat oil in nonstick 4-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook pancetta, onion, bell pepper, garlic and parsley in oil about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pancetta is brown.
  • 3 Stir in beef and remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender. Remove bay leaves.

Expert Tips

This recipe comes straight from the culinary capital of Italy, Bologna. A good Lambrusco wine is the best choice, both for cooking and for drinking during the dinner. The potatoes can be peeled or unpeeled, whichever way you like them best.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
65),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
390mg
390%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
16%;
Vitamin C
22%;
Iron
16%;
Exchanges:
1 Vegetable; 3 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.