Savor the Flavor of Passover Wine Stew Recipe

Hey there, wine and food lovers! Today is a special day because I’m sharing with you one of my absolute favorite recipes: Passover Wine Stew. I’m a big fan of stew recipes as they are versatile, comforting, and easy to make, but this one is particularly special.

Let me give you a little bit of background on the recipe first. Stews have been around for centuries, dating back to medieval times. They were a practical way to cook in bulk for large groups of people and could be made with whatever ingredients were available. Over time, they evolved to incorporate different cooking methods and spices from various cultures.

For this Passover Wine Stew recipe, I took inspiration from two classic dishes: French Beef Stew and Jewish Beef Soup. Both dishes are known for their rich aromas and robust flavors but use different ingredients and techniques to achieve their distinct tastes.

I combined elements from both dishes to create an entirely new recipe that’s perfect for Passover or any time of the year. This stew is slow-cooked with lean beef, fresh veggies like mushrooms, carrots, celery, potatoes, green beans, and a glorious blend of herbs that includes parsley, thyme, tarragon, garlic, ginger, red onion alongside low-sodium tomato paste and beef broth.

The secret ingredient that makes this stew extra-special is 2 cups of dry red wine like Pinot Noir or Passover wine- it creates depth of flavour which makes it perfect for family dinners or entertaining guests.

Are you excited yet? Well then let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Passover Wine Stew
Passover Wine Stew

If you’re a meat lover like me, you’re going to fall in love with this Passover Wine Stew recipe! This stew will satisfy your hunger and take your taste buds on an exciting journey. This flavorful dish is perfect for a cozy night in with family or friends or when you’re craving that warm and comforting feeling.

Firstly, the star of the show in this recipe is the red wine, which adds depth and complexity to the flavor profile. I suggest using a Pinot Noir as it goes perfectly with beef stew. The richness from the red wine helps to enhance the beef’s natural flavors, making it utterly delicious!

Secondly, this Passover Wine Stew recipe is not only tasty but also healthy. The addition of fresh vegetables like green beans, carrots, celery, mushrooms and potatoes help to balance out the dish by adding complex carbohydrates and vitamins. Additionally, lean beef used in this recipe provides a perfect amount of protein while still maintaining a low-fat content.

Finally, this Passover Wine Stew can be prepared in two ways – slow cooking or stove top method. Either way, you’ll end up with tender and juicy meat that melts in your mouth. This dish requires minimal effort to create a hearty meal that you’ll be proud to showcase at your next dinner party!

In conclusion, this Passover Wine Stew recipe is an exciting mix of flavor and nutrition that everyone will enjoy. The combination of tender beef, fresh veggies and the rich notes from red wine creates an unforgettable taste experience that will have your guests asking for more. So why not bring excitement to your taste buds with this delicious Passover Wine Stew recipe?

Ingredient List

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Here is the list of the ingredients you will need to make this flavorful Passover Wine Stew:

  • 2 lbs. of lean beef, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup of Pinot Noir or any other kosher red wine
  • 1 tbsp. of low-sodium tomato paste
  • 4 medium-sized red potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of trimmed fresh green beans
  • 2 medium-sized sliced carrots
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • Fresh herbs: parsley, thyme, and tarragon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Make sure you have all these ingredients in hand before starting to cook.

The Recipe How-To

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make Passover Wine Stew:


  • 2 lbs. lean beef, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup Pinot Noir or red wine of your choice
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium tomato paste
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig of fresh tarragon
  • 3 medium-sized red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and sliced in half
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced into chunks
  • 10 oz. mushrooms, quartered

Brown the Meat

  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper before dredging it in flour. Shake off any excess flour.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or slow cooker on medium heat.

  3. Place the beef in the pot and brown on all sides (about five minutes).

Retrieve the browned beef from the pot and place it aside for later use.

Sauté Vegetables

  1. In the same pot or cooker you used for browning meat, heat a little more olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add in onions and garlic; cook until they’re translucent (about five minutes).

  3. Add ginger and stir until fragrant (around two minutes).

  4. Stir in celery and carrots for around five minutes until they’ve softened.

  5. Add green beans and stir for one minute before adding mushrooms.

  6. Simmer vegetables with herbs (e.g. tarragon and thyme) for around three minutes until fragrant.

Add Meat and Wine

  1. Return the browned beef to the pot or cooker.

  2. Add one cup of wine and mix everything well.

  3. Stir in tomato paste and add four cups of beef broth; mix again.

  4. Bring to a low boil, then lower the heat to a simmer (or use a slow cooker).

Finish Cooking

  1. Cover and let cook for about four hours (in slow cooker, low heat option).

  2. After four hours, add red potatoes, stir in well with the other ingredients.

  3. Allow cooking for an additional hour, or until potatoes are tender.

  4. Remove from heat and garnish with freshly chopped parsley before serving.

Enjoy your Passover Wine Stew! This is a hearty stew that tastes even better when reheated on the next day, so make extra!

Substitutions and Variations

 Savor every bite of this stew - it's been a beloved Passover tradition in my family for years!
Savor every bite of this stew – it’s been a beloved Passover tradition in my family for years!

If you’re looking for ways to change up this Passover Wine Stew Recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that can help you create new and delicious dishes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Vegetarian: opt for a vegetarian version by using vegetable broth instead of beef broth and omitting the meat. Instead, try adding cubed mushrooms or tofu for a meaty texture.

– Chicken stew: swap out the beef with chicken for a lighter stew option. It pairs well with white wine like Pinot Gris.

– Seasonal vegetables: Try using seasonal produce like acorn squash or sweet potatoes instead of the red potatoes in this recipe. Also consider kabocha squash or butternut squash as a replacement

– Adding Fruit: Adding a touch of sweetness to the stew with fruits such as cranberries, pears, or apples. Dried figs can also be added just few minutes from cooking to add depth to the flavor.

Using matzo meal can make the recipe gluten-free too.

Whatever variation you go for, be sure to adjust cooking times and ingredient quantities accordingly, depending on your preferences and dietary restrictions. Experiment and have fun!

Serving and Pairing

 There's nothing better than a pot of hearty stew on a chilly Passover evening 🍲
There’s nothing better than a pot of hearty stew on a chilly Passover evening 🍲

This Passover wine stew is perfect for a cozy meal at home. Serve it warm with a side of fluffy matzo balls or on top of fluffy rice. The rich flavors of tender beef, fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs blend perfectly with the fruity notes of the red wine.

To further enhance the flavors and experience, consider pairing this hearty stew with a glass of Pinot Noir. Tea lovers can enjoy this dish alongside lighter black teas as well to balance out the richness and cut through the hearty beef.

The dish is also great for entertaining. If you’re hosting a Seder, the impressive aromas will fill up your home with warmth and indulgence. This dish pairs well with other classic Jewish dishes like chopped liver, matzo ball soup, or gefilte fish.

For those who prefer non-traditional pairings, consider serving this stew with crusty bread topped with olive oil infused with your favorite flavor. Alternatively, serving over some fresh pasta or soft polenta works wonderfully to complement the depth of flavors.

No matter how you serve it or what you pair it with, this red wine beef stew is both delicious and satisfying.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The secret to this flavorful stew? A generous splash of red wine 🍷
The secret to this flavorful stew? A generous splash of red wine 🍷

One of the best things about this Passover Wine Stew recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, making your life a lot easier during the holiday rush. In fact, it even tastes better when made in advance and allowed to sit for a day or two, allowing the flavors to meld together.

To make this delicious stew ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions up to the point of simmering the stew. Then let it cool slightly and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat it on medium heat in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven until hot throughout. You might need to add a bit more beef broth if the stew thickens up after storing.

This wine stew reheats perfectly, maintaining its fantastic flavor and texture. So, don’t hesitate to make a large batch in advance and enjoy it at your leisure, including for Pesach meals with family and friends.

If you have any leftovers from your Passover seder or festive dinner, they will also store beautifully in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or even longer if frozen. When reheating, make sure to bring it back up to temp slowly over low heat so as not to dry out or overcook the meat.

Overall, the convenience factor with this Passover Wine Stew is high – make it ahead, store easily, and reheat just as easily for another satisfying serving.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Who says Passover meals have to be bland? This stew is a delicious exception 🌶️
Who says Passover meals have to be bland? This stew is a delicious exception 🌶️

One thing you want to avoid in beef stew is overcooking it. Overcooked beef might become tough, dry, and stringy. To prevent this from happening, simmer the beef in low heat until it becomes tender delicious.

Another tip I have for you is to brown the meat first before adding it to the stew. Not only will this add color and aroma, but it will also give you a richer flavor for your Passover Wine Stew.

For best results, use low-sodium beef broth instead of regular ones because it intensifies flavors from other ingredients.

You can put different types of vegetables in your wine braised beef stew recipe. If you want a heartier dish, you can opt for red potatoes, carrots, onions or celery as they complement traditional stews perfectly.

When preparing dishes like Beef Stew, always go for fresh produce. It adds more flavor and nutrients than canned ones. Plus, the effort you’ll put into cleaning and chopping them will be worth it once you taste the final result.

Dusting flour on meat before browning adds thickness to the stew making it richer and more satisfying.

If you’re in a rush, use your slow cooker for slow cooking delicious Passover Stew. Add all ingredients into a slow cooker and set it up low heat then let the dish cook itself until it’s done.

Finally, don’t forget that a bottle of passover wine can make a difference too! If you’re feeling fancy, consider using Pinot Noir or another dry red wine when making your Passover Wine Stew.

By following these tips, your Passover Wine Stew should turn out beautifully delicious!


Now that we have covered everything from the ingredients list to the make-ahead tips, it’s time for some Frequently Asked Questions on this Passover Wine Stew Recipe. Don’t worry if you are still feeling a bit hesitant about trying this recipe with kosher beef stew, as these FAQs will give you all the answers you need. So, let’s dive in!

What does adding red wine to stew do?

Slow-cooking tough beef cuts with red wine as an ingredient contributes to the meat’s tenderness. The inclusion of red wine in beef stew results in a more complex flavor as the concentrated flavors intensify while cooking.

What wine is best for beef stew?

When preparing a stew, it’s best to avoid wines with a delicate taste such as Pinot Noir. Instead, opt for heartier red wines like cabernet, merlot, zinfandel, shiraz, or malbec which will complement the flavors of the stew perfectly.

What is the best red wine for stew?

Pinot Noir is a versatile wine that blends with different types of food, especially stews. The wine’s fruity and earthy flavor complements the richness of the dish, making it a perfect pairing for beef bourguignon. Interestingly, Pinot Noir is the primary grape variety in red Burgundy, a wine widely used to cook beef bourguignon. With Pinot Noir, you can’t go wrong when it comes to cooking hearty dishes.

What is a good red wine for cooking beef stew?

When it comes to wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is a real showstopper. This wine variety boasts an explosion of red and black fruit flavors that are both bold and balanced. Despite the vast number of Cabernets available, one can expect a distinctively appetizing taste with high acidity that can perfectly complement heartwarming home-style meals such as a comforting beef stew.

Bottom Line

Passover is here and it is time to gather your friends and family around the table for a traditional feast. This year, add something new and extra special by serving Passover Wine Stew. With the right ingredients and a little bit of effort, you can create a dish that will be the star of the meal.

Not only is this stew delicious, but it is also healthy and nutritious. It contains lean beef, fresh vegetables, and low-sodium broth, making it a guilt-free indulgence. Additionally, the red wine used adds another layer of complexity to the stew.

This recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to suit your personal preferences. Swap out ingredients, mix up seasonings, or change cooking methods to make your own unique variation. You can even make this recipe ahead of time, making it ideal for busy Passover preparations.

In conclusion, Passover Wine Stew is a crowd-pleaser that everyone will enjoy. It’s not too late to start planning your menu – give this hearty stew a try and impress your guests with its rich flavors and textures. With every bite, you’ll be transported to the rolling hills of France where slow-cooked beef stews are a staple. Don’t wait another moment – incorporate this amazing dish into your upcoming Passover feast!

Passover Wine Stew

Passover Wine Stew Recipe

This is one of my family favorite mistakes. I grabbed a bottle of passover wine instead of burgundy and thought I had used garlic and later discovered it was ginger....
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jewish
Calories 283.6 kcal


  • 2 lbs lean beef
  • 2 cups celery
  • 2 cups red potatoes
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 1/2 lb mushroom
  • 1 cup red onion
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 6 ounces low-sodium tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups passover wine
  • 12 fresh tomatoes


  • Combine flour and pepper; coat beef cubes.
  • Reserve remaining flour mixture. In 3 tablespoons of hot oil, brown beef, and remove when brown.
  • Sauté onion, celery and garlic until tender.
  • Return beef to pan.
  • Add beef broth, wine 12 chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and spices.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce to simmer, cover and continue cooking for 1-3/4 hours.
  • Chop and add remaining vegetables and cook covered another 45 minutes longer or until meat and vegetables are tender, but not mushy.
  • Thicken broth if necessary with 2 tablespoons of the flour mixed with 2 tablespoons water.
  • Simmer until thick.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 433gCalories: 283.6kcalCarbohydrates: 25.6gProtein: 23.8gFat: 10.3gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 53.5mgSodium: 117.8mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 8.7g
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