This slow cooker Marsala beef stew will fill your house with the smells of Marsala – it’s the perfect fall meal, ready and waiting for you!

Overhead of beef stew in shallow white bowl, with white rice.

I know I’ve been fighting it and maybe even complaining about it a little bit, but I’m coming to terms with fall’s arrival. Slowly. A thick, hearty Marsala beef stew simmering all day in the slow cooker does wonders for my attitude about colder weather.

Don’t you just love the flavor of Marsala? If you’re not familiar with Marsala, it’s a fortified wine originally from the city of Marsala in Sicily, Italy. There are dry and sweet varieties. Marsala is often paired with mushrooms. I love these Marsala Roasted Mushrooms! One of my husband’s favorite dishes is Chicken Marsala, an easy recipe I make in my Instant Pot. I also love this one pan pasta recipe, Chicken Marsala Pasta.

When Holland House Cooking Wines asked me to create a slow cooker comfort food recipe, my mind quickly went to beef stew with Marsala. What gives more comfort than tender beef in a thick, rich, flavorful broth? 

Beef stew in shallow white bowl with a bottle of Holland House Marsala cooking wine in background.

When making this stew, I highly recommend taking the time to brown the meat in a pan to bring out really great flavor. However, if you’re in a rush, just toss the beef cubes with flour, throw everything in the slow cooker and let the low, slow heat work its magic!

The flavors of the beef with the Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine, mushrooms, fresh thyme, and vegetables will warm your soul. Sounds cheesy but it’s kinda true.

Overhead of a serving of stew in white dish, with fork and spoon.

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Beef stew in shallow white dish served with white rice.

Slow Cooker Marsala Beef Stew

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

This slow cooker Marsala beef stew will fill your house with the smells of Marsala – it’s the perfect fall meal, ready and waiting for you!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2.5 -3 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups frozen pearl onions
  • 16 ounces white mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine
  • 2 cups unsalted beef stock
  • 3-5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • cooked rice or mashed potatoes for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Toss meat together with flour, salt and pepper. Place some of the meat in the heated skillet and brown meat on all sides. Place in slow cooker when browned. Meat will be browned but not cooked through. Do this in batches until all meat is browned, adding more oil as necessary. (I have a nonstick skillet so I used very little oil.)
  2. Add onions, mushrooms, carrots, celery, garlic, tomato paste, cooking wine, beef stock and thyme to slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Carefully remove thyme stems.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water until no lumps remain.
  5. Increase heat to high and stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook for 30 minutes or until thick. If not reaching desired thickness, stir in 1 more tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water.
  6. Stir in frozen peas, and serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 of 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 594Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 743mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 48g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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