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Basic Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound small cremini mushrooms
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans less-sodium beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups (3/4-inch) cubed peeled white potato (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups (1-inch) slices carrot (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)