This Pork Stew is hearty, easy to make, and loaded with flavor- the perfect comfort food. The pork meat is super tender, and the vegetables are perfectly cooked. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare dinner for the whole family.
This pork stew is a crowd-pleaser and doesn’t require much cooking time.
So, if you’re looking for classic comfort food recipes, nothing can beat this pork stew. The smell in the kitchen is irresistible, the meat is tasty and tender, and the sauce is thick and hearty. You may also try my beef stew, that’s just as comforting.
I think nothing compares to freshly cooked stews. Pork is one of the most common and affordable red meats. It’s also a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. This makes pork an amazing protein to use in homemade stews that are warming and loaded with flavor.
So here is our recipe for pork stew that you have to try!
- Reasons You’ll Love This Pork Stew Recipe.
- Difference Between Stew And Soup
- Ingredients For This Easy Pork Stew
- How To Make Pork Stew
- Tips For Making The Best Pork Stew
- Can I Make Pork Stew Instant Pot?
- Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?
- Are Carrots Keto?
- Storing Ideas
- What Can I Serve With Pork Stew Recipe
- Easy Pork Stew
Reasons You’ll Love This Pork Stew Recipe.
- Loaded with vegetables and meat
- The pork is super tender and juicy
- A crowd-pleaser recipe that everyone loves
- Ready in just 30 minutes from start to finish
Difference Between Stew And Soup
If we analyze carefully, we all know that both soup and stew are based on almost the same types of ingredients: a combination of vegetables and meat simmered in a liquid such as stock, water, or milk.
And if we talk about the difference between these two dishes, then the difference is their consistency.
Soup has a liquid consistency, and the ingredients are entirely soaked in liquid. On the other hand, stews have a thicker consistency, almost like a sauce.
Ingredients For This Easy Pork Stew
Although it seems like a long list of ingredients, I’m sure you already have most of them in your kitchen.
So here is everything you need:
- Pork Tenderloin – I think this cut of pork is my favorite. No matter how you cook it, it always ends up being tender and juicy. You can also use pork shoulder or sirloin.
- Olive Oil – you can also use butter or coconut oil to fry the vegetables.
- Carrots – just a little bit to taste.
- Turnips- This is our favorite keto potato substitute; however, I understand not everyone can find them. Feel free to omit or substitute cauliflower, parsnip, or mushrooms. My non-keto friends can use potatoes instead.
- Onion – a large onion is perfect and adds sweetness.
- Garlic Cloves – you can also use garlic powder, but a fresh one is the best. Feel free to use as much as you want.
- Beef Broth – you can also use chicken broth or vegetable broth.
- Tomato Paste – it gives taste and color to this dish.
- Paprika – you can also use smoked paprika for an intense taste.
- Dried Thyme – the fresh one is also good if you are lucky to have it. Otherwise, the dry one is also extremely great.
- Bay Leaf – you can skip this ingredient, but it will pair so well in this dish.
- Cornstarch – is added to the stew to thicken it. Our broth will have a soup-like texture without it. Omit strict keto and use just a touch of xanthan gum to thicken the stew.
- Parsley – freshly chopped parsley is the best to garnish the stew.
- Salt&Pepper – to taste, but make sure with the amount of salt because we are also using beef broth.
How To Make Pork Stew
You should not be intimidated by the method of cooking this recipe. All you have to do is sauté the vegetables and simmer until the meat is tender.
But here is everything you have to do:
- Start by heating the olive oil in a large pot and fry the onion with garlic until tender.
- Cut into meat into one-inch cubes, and then brown until the meat is no longer pink.
- Add the vegetables and saute them for about five minutes together with the meat.
- Add the beef broth, tomato paste, and bay leaf. Bring the whole mixture to a boil, then cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 40 minutes.
- If you think it’s not thick enough, you can add the cornstarch and let simmer for another five minutes.
- Remove the bay leaf, garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy hot!
Tips For Making The Best Pork Stew
- If you are planning to double the recipe, I recommend frying the pieces of meat in batches in the pan because otherwise, they do not brown evenly.
- Use your favorite vegetables such as onions, garlic, carrots, turnips, or butternut squash.
- Because the vegetables cook faster than the meat, add them in the last half of the cooking time if you want them crunchy.
Can I Make Pork Stew Instant Pot?
Sure, when nothing can be easier, this pork stew can be made in an instant pot:
- Using the saute mode, brown the meat, then add the vegetables.
- Add the remaining ingredient, close the lid and cook at “HIGH” pressure mode for about 40 minutes.
- Do a 10-minute natural release, then release all the pressure manually.
- Remove the lid, stir the pork stew, and garnish with fresh parsley.
- Serve hot!
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?
Sure, in fact this is one of the reasons I love this pork stew recipe. It can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Prepare the stew, portion it into food storage containers, and keep it in the refrigerator until you want to eat it.
Are Carrots Keto?
Yes, carrots are keto-friendly even if they have a greater carb content than other vegetables (with 8.6g of net carbohydrates per cup. But we can include them in recipes. All you have to do is make sure that you are calculating your carb consumption.
- Fridge: Store this pork stew in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Freezer: Pork stew is freezer friendly. Individually portion it out and freeze it in airtight containers. Simply thaw in the fridge overnight until we’re ready to eat.
What Can I Serve With Pork Stew Recipe
Although this dish is extremely delicious served simple as it is, you can pair it with many side dishes like:
Easy Pork Stew
- 2 lb. pork tenderloin cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 cup turnips diced, or potatoes
- 4 cups low-sodium beef broth or vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 3-4 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 tbsp cornstarch optional, used to thicken the stew
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley to garnish
- Place a large pot over medium-high heat. Heat the oil and brown the pork pieces for about 5 minutes.
- Add the vegetables and saute for a few minutes.
- Add the broth, seasonings, tomato paste, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes on low or until the vegetables are tender and the pork is cooked.
- If you prefer a thick pork stew, make a cornstarch slurry using 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water. My keto friends, mix in one tablespoon of coconut flour to make this stew thicker.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, then garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve hot.
How do we calculate the nutrition info?
These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.
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