The key to this quintessential comfort food is the phenomenal broth. To make it so delicious, chef Ludo Lefebvre uses short ribs, rump roast, marrowbones and beef shank, plus an herb bundle and multiple vegetables. Slideshow:  Hearty Stews 

Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 pounds beef marrowbones in 2-inch lengths (have your butcher cut them)

  • Kosher salt

  • 3 pounds English-cut beef short ribs

  • One 2-pound beef rump roast, tied

  • One 1 1/2-pound beef shank, about 1 1/2 inches thick

  • 2 parsley sprigs

  • 3 thyme sprigs

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 8 quarts water

  • 4 medium unpeeled turnips, quartered

  • 1 celery root (1 1/4 pound), peeled, quartered and cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices

  • 1 rutabaga (1 1/4 pound), peeled, quartered and cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices

  • 4 large carrots, peeled and quartered crosswise

  • 2 medium leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned and cut crosswise into 4-inch lengths

  • 1 large onion, quartered

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • Dijon mustard, for serving

  • Cornichons, for serving

  • Fleur de sel, for serving


  1. Rub both sides of each piece of marrowbone with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and transfer to a large pot; let stand for 10 minutes. Add the short ribs, rump roast and beef shank. Wrap the parsley, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, black peppercorns and cloves in a piece of moistened cheesecloth and tie into a bundle. Add the bundle to the pot along with the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderate and simmer, skimming occasionally, until the rump roast is very tender, about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

  2. Add the turnips, celery root, rutabaga, carrots, leeks and onion to the pot. Simmer over moderate heat until the vegetables are just tender, 30 minutes.

  3. Transfer the roast to a carving board. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the marrowbones, ribs, shank and vegetables to a platter and tent with foil. Untie the roast and slice it across the grain 3/4 inch thick; arrange on the platter.

  4. Strain the broth into another pot, discarding the solids and herb bundle. Skim off the fat and season with salt and pepper. Serve the meat, vegetables and broth separately or together with Dijon mustard, cornichons and fleur de sel.

Make Ahead

The pot-au-feu can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat the stew gently before serving.

Suggested Pairing

This rustic Burgundian dish is sublime with an earthy, dense red Burgundy, like one from Gevrey-Chambertin.

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