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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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

478.8 calories; 28.2 g protein; 37.9 g carbohydrates; 85.1 mg cholesterol; 737.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2003
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2008
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. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2008
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 low sodium at all!!) but ummm...sooooo good. I think I am addicted! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2008
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). Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2008
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 day and I put some in the freezer for a rainy day. Excellent recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2009
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... maybe a little more than half. And a soup like this I always throw in a handful of cheddar cheese to give it a creamy taste. I also added some organic shell pasta to really fill everyone up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2006
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 felt the soup was a little watery tasting so added some beef boullion which improved the flavor. This is a thick and hearty stew if you use raw potatoes and simmer 45 minutes. I would make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2007
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. Simmered it for about 2 hours. Thought the name of the stew was unique. MY husband and I really liked it. Would be very good on a cold night for supper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2006
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 budget friendly. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2008
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. Read More
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