Beef stew is comfort food at its finest. When it’s paired with crusty bread, a meal is born.
Preheat oven to 275. Grease a large casserole dish. Put in beef, carrots, soup, bay leaf, potatoes, onions, and ½ cup of the red wine. Cover and bake for 4 hours. Remove cover and stir. Add peas, mushrooms (if using) and the rest of the red wine. Cook for 1 hour more.