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la Daube provençal in a white bowl - beef stew with fettucine 2 bowls

La Daube Provençale made simple

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  • Author: lechefswife
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 2.5 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes + resting time
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: French
  • Method: Stew
  • Cuisine: French


A Daube Provençale is the South of France version of the classic "Boeuf Bourguignon". Many of the ingredients and methods of cooking are the same, however it is the addition of orange zeste and Niçois olives that make this dish unforgettable. This is our family recipe, full of French cooking tips. Allons-y!



2 pounds of Top Round London Broil

2.5 pounds of Chuck Roast

1 cup of pancetta or lardons (use chopped up bacon if you can't find either)

4 shallots, peeled and cut into strips, lengthwise

4 large carrots, diced

2 branches of celery , diced

6 branches of thyme

2 branches of rosemary

1 star anise

4 bay leaves

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup flour, all purpose

1.5 cups pearl onions peeled (to peel, place onions in a pot of boiling water, strain and let cool - they will be easy to peel!)

4 cups of mushrooms, cleaned and cut in 4

2 cloves

1 cup of Niçois olives (Taggiasca also are amazing or Kalamata if you can't find the either)

2 tsps sugar

2 cups beef stock

1 bottle of red wine

2 oranges for zesting

1 cup chopped parsley


The day before...

La mise en place:

Chop your beef into cubes, about 2 inches thick.

Chop the carrots, celery and garlic for the marinade.

In a dutch oven, place the beef, carrots, celery, garlic, 4 thyme branches (left whole), 1 rosemary sprig, star ainse, cloves, 2 bay leaves and the skin of one orange (use a vegetable peeler). You don't need to make a bouquet garni (or herb bouquet) as we will be straining the marinade afterwards.

Top with a half bottle of robust red wine. We are looking for a wine with lots of tannins like a cabernet franc, syrah, mourvèdre or grenache ( a typical grape variety of Provence)

Using a big spoon, fold the ingredients over each other so it is nicely mixed.

Cover your dutch oven with plastic wrap (so it is air tight) and set in the fridge for 24 hours.

Cooking La Daube Provençale:

Set a pasta strainer inside a big bowl. Transfer the contents of your dutch oven into the strainer - making sure to keep all the juice in the bowl! You will use this later.

Remove the chunks of marinated beef from the strainer and pat dry with paper towels. You must dry the meat! If you skip this step it will not sear.

Lay the dried pieces of meat flat on a cutting board and lightly dust with flour. I like to use a sieve for this - you don't want too much flour.

There is no cutting corners with a Daube, but I promise you it will be worth it!

Make sure to keep the carrots and celery from the marinade as well. Do however, discard the star anise, cloves and herb branches.

Wipe down your dutch oven and put it back on the burner at medium high heat with a drizzle of olive oil.

In small batches, sear the meat so that there is a light crust on each piece. Allow the meat to brown and remove the pieces once the meat begins to render liquid in the dish. You don't want the meat to boil!

Use tongs , not a spoon, to place the meat in the dutch oven because you want to make sure you are not adding extra liquid.

**Careful not to add more pieces of meat than can fit in one layer in your dutch oven - you want each piece to brown. This may take several batches to sear all of the meat.

Repeat until all the meat has been seared, making sure to continuously scrape the bottom of your dish with a rubber spatula - this is where all the flavor is! Set the meat aside.

**Le Chef's tip - use a marinade brush to wipe the sides of the dutch oven every so often to keep the sides clean

In the bottom of your dutch oven on medium heat, add the pancetta. Allow to brown and then add the peeled mini onions and quartered mushrooms. Sprinkle 2 tsps of sugar on top and sautée until slightly caramelized on medium heat, stirring frequently.

Add the seared meat & marinated vegetables back into the dutch oven as well as the remaining rosemary, laurier (bay leaf) , star anise and thyme.

Add the remaining half bottle of wine and the marinade liquid that you kept in the bowl. If there is room in your pot, add the beef stock. Careful not to fill the dutch oven too full.

Stir a few times, folding the ingredients over each other so that it is all well mixed

Place the lid on your dutch oven and set on the middle rack of your oven at 350 degrees for 2.5 hours.

Stir every half hour or so.

When the time is up - add in the olives and stir. We don't add the olives earlier in the cooking process as the olives we are using a soft and stored in olive oil - they are perfect for adding at the end.

The fragrance from this dish is absolutely delectable!


When the Daube is fully cooked, cook your favorite pasta as per the package recommendations. I recommend spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine for this dish (I like to twirl my pasta in the sauce) but I have also had La Daube Provençale served with pillows of fresh gnocchi, which was delightful!

After you have strained your pasta - put it back in the cooking pot and immediately pour a few spoonfuls of hot Daube sauce over the noodles. Stir so the sauce fully coats each noodle - this will ensure every bite is full of flavor!

Serve a portion of noodles in each dish (I love to serve La Daube in shallow pasta bowls like these), then top with a generous helping of La Daube using a large spoon to scoop up all of the sauce as well.

Top with orange zest and chopped fresh parsley & serve immediately.