Cheapskate Stew


A hearty beef vegetable stew from leftovers you have on hand. I love this recipe on a cold Texas winter nights.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 + servings


  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

  • 2 cups water

  • 3 carrots, chopped

  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Brown the hamburger meat with onion and celery. Drain (if it is fatty hamburger meat).

  2. Add water and carrots, then cook 'til carrots are beginning to get tender. The carrots will be crunchy unless you cook them a fairly long time.

  3. Add leftover vegetables, macaroni, tomato sauce, Italian spices, and salt and pepper to taste, and simmer until the flavors blend and all ingredients are warm through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

448 Calories
25g Fat
31g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 512mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 851mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.