A Classic Pot-au-Feu Recipe to Warm Your Soul

Discover the traditional French recipe for Pot-au-Feu, a comforting beef stew that’s perfect for chilly days. Follow our step-by-step instructions to make a delicious and satisfying dish.

Pot-au-Feu is a traditional French beef stew that’s been enjoyed for generations. This hearty and comforting dish is made with simple and wholesome ingredients, such as tender beef, aromatic vegetables, and fragrant spices. It’s the perfect meal for chilly days and cozy nights in. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make an authentic Pot-au-Feu that’s sure to warm up your body and soul.


  • 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into large pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 4 turnips, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and studded with 2 cloves
  • 1 bouquet garni (a bundle of fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, and bay leaves, tied together with kitchen twine)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, combine the water and beef broth and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the beef chuck, leeks, carrots, turnips, onion, and bouquet garni to the pot.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the stew simmer for 2-3 hours or until the beef is tender and the vegetables are soft.
  4. Skim off any foam or impurities that rise to the surface of the stew.
  5. Remove the beef, vegetables, and bouquet garni from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a serving dish.
  6. Season the stew with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Ladle the broth over the beef and vegetables and serve hot.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use a high-quality beef chuck for the best flavor and tenderness.
  • If you prefer a richer broth, you can roast the beef bones and vegetables in the oven before adding them to the pot.
  • You can also add other vegetables, such as potatoes, parsnips, or celery, to the stew.
  • Serve the Pot-au-Feu with crusty bread and Dijon mustard for a classic French experience.
  • Leftover Pot-au-Feu can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated on the stovetop.

Pot-au-Feu is a comforting and satisfying dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With its simple and wholesome ingredients, fragrant spices, and tender beef, it’s sure to warm up your body and soul. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just want to enjoy a delicious and traditional French meal, give this recipe a try and savor the flavors of the countryside.

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