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Rachael Ray's Guinness Beef Stew

This is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Irish or not!


  • 1 ¼ pounds chuck beef stew meat cut into 1 ½ -inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Guinness extra stout
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Flat leaf parsley for garnishing


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and add the meat- brown on each side. If necessary, this can be done in batches.
  • Add in the garlic and onions and sautee until they are softened, about 5 minutes or so. Pour in the beer and increase the heat to medium-high, bringing it nearly to a boil for about 10 minutes.
  • Decrease the heat to medium/medium-low. Add the beef stock, water, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcester sauce, and carrots. Let it simmer, uncovered, for at least an hour. The longer, the better!
  • Add the potatoes and simmer for another 40 minutes, until the meat is tender and the potatoes are cooked through and soft.
  • Discard the thyme, add pepper if desired, and pour into bowls, and dunk in some homemade Ciabatta bread! ;)


I like to throw some frozen peas into the soup at the end ;)
Also, I used a puff pastry to decorate the top- it’s fun to peel it off and dunk into the soup. To do this, take 2 frozen puff pastries and let them sit out at room temperature until softened up enough to unroll. Cut them in half. Fill 4 bowls with strew and top with the puff pastry, sealing along the sides and draping off the top. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Crack an egg and whisk in 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the top of the pastry with the egg wash and place in the oven until the top is golden brown, about 10-15 minutes or so.


Calories: 649kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 2159mg, Potassium: 2961mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 5770IU, Vitamin C: 54.9mg, Calcium: 196mg, Iron: 16.5mg