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French Country Beef Stew

French Country Beef StewA simple, rustic beef stew featuring tender pieces of asparagus and mushrooms.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds beef for stew, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups water
1 (0.9 to 1.68-ounce) package dry vegetable soup mix
1 pound asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
8 ounces mushrooms, cut in half
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
Salt and ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine beef, water and soup mix in stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours or until beef is fork-tender.
  2. Add asparagus and mushrooms to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 4 to 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cornstarch mixture; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 242; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 76mg; Total Carbs: 11g; Fiber: 2g; Sodium: 177mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.