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Thermos Bottle Stew

Rated as 4.41 out of 5 Stars

"My grandmother used to make this for my grandfathers lunch when he worked outside for the railroad. She put it in his thermos, and always called it thermos bottle stew. This soup warms you from the inside out."
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servings 479
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Using a large stock pot, brown your meat (breaking into small pieces as it cooks). Once meat is browned, add onions and celery, sauteing until soft.
  2. Add frozen vegetables, tomato soup, basil, parsley, oregano, bay leaves, salt and pepper, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and water. Simmer for one hour and then serve. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 479 calories; 25.4 37.9 28.2 85 737 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

We love this recipe. It is very easy to make and tastes very good on a cold winter evening. Plus it makes a very big pot, so there is plenty left over for lunch.

Most helpful critical review

I would not make it again. my husband actually liked it, but i thought it was very bland and i did not like the herbs in it. sorry.

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We love this recipe. It is very easy to make and tastes very good on a cold winter evening. Plus it makes a very big pot, so there is plenty left over for lunch.

I thought this recipe needed some more spice, but I used no salt tomato sauce and no salt diced tomatos so that was probably my fault. So I added a pack of Lipton's onion soup mix (so no longer...

Just made this stew this afternoon, and it turned out GREAT!! I added a bit more tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Very flavorful, filling and healthy (used ground turkey instead of beef). Than...

This is a classic vegetable beef style soup. It is easy to make and the ingredients are inexpensive. The stew filled my 8qt Dutch oven. Everyone was well-fed, lunches were made for the next da...

The family loved it. It was really simple to make, as it doesn't take long and only needs to simmer. I hardly ever measure ingredients but I'm sure I did not add all the recommended water... may...

This was such a filling and hearty dish. My family loved it. I did add one can of kidney beans and elbow macaroni(for my kids!). I will for sure make this again on a cold snowy afternoon!

I had the pleasure of sending the picture when I made this the other day. What a great recipe. I cut the whole recipe in half and it turned out just fine. I cooked longer that it suggested. ...

This stew is my family's new favorite. I add a little more ground beef, and it lasts even longer. You can vary the vegetables, and use more or less tomatoes to your taste. Fast, easy, and bud...

Easy and Tasty. I used canned green beans and kernal corn in place of the frozen vegetables. I also added about 2 cups cut carrots and 3 potatoes, chunked. I cut the water down to 5 cups and I ...