1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt if desired and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Save any remaining flour mixture.
2. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion and garlic in oil over medium-high heat until meat is browned. Stir in reserved flour mixture until blended. Gradually stir in the broth, tomatoes and thyme. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours.
3. Add the potatoes and carrots. Cover and bake 1 hour longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in peas; cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.