Polenta Meat Stew

Prep Time:
30 mins
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 ½ pound boneless beef chuck roast, pork shoulder roast, or lamb stew meat

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 8 ounce boiling onions, peeled, or frozen small whole onions

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1 14.5 ounce can lower-sodium beef broth

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • 1 recipe Polenta

  • ½ cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (optional)


  • 3 ½ cup milk

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1 cup cold water

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 1-inch pieces. In a plastic or paper bag combine flour, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper. Add meat pieces, several at a time, shaking to coat. Place meat in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add carrots, onions, garlic, and dried rosemary (if using). Stir in broth, the water, and wine.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. Shortly before serving, prepare Polenta.

  4. To serve, stir fresh rosemary (if using), the 1/2 cup parsley, and the tomato paste into meat mixture. Serve stew in shallow bowls with polenta. If desired, garnish with additional parsley.


  1. In a large saucepan bring milk just to simmering. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine cornmeal, cold water, and salt. Slowly add cornmeal mixture to hot milk, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until mixture comes to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
8g Fat
30g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 560mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 37g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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