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First cut all of the potatoes, carrots, and onions into large chunks. Using large chunks (about 2 inches square) makes sure they don’t turn to mush in the crock pot.
Add the beef to the crock pot, then the potatoes and onions and carrots (if used).
Next add beef broth, garlic, Italian seasoning, tomato paste, Worcetershire sauce, and pepper. Stir the pot and put the lid on top. Let the slow cooker do the rest. 6 to 8 hrs on low heat.
When the cooking is done take out 1 cup of beef broth and whisk in 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Mix well and add that back into the slow cooker. Cook for anther 15 to 30 minutes longer or until the stew has thickened.
Instant Pot: Follow instructions 1 – Select Meat/Stew function according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 35 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build. After the cooking is done, allow the pressure cooker to release naturally.
Instant Pot: Select Saute function on Instant Pot.
Instant Pot: Take out 1 cup of beef broth and whisk in 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Mix well and add that back into the slow cooker. Cook for another 15 to 30 minutes longer or until the stew has thickened.
Serving Size: 1 cup