Rating: 4.13 stars
83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3

A stew that is easy to put together and fills your kitchen with a mouthwatering aroma. Doubling the recipe makes for an easy company dinner.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

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  • In a 2 to 3 quart casserole dish, combine the stew meat, potatoes, carrots, mushroom soup, French onion soup and water. Mix together well.

  • Bake, uncovered, for 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally. Mix in the peas 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; protein 14.2g; carbohydrates 17.5g; fat 13.9g; cholesterol 38mg; sodium 645.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (84)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2008
I had 2 lbs of stew meat so I doubled the recipe. I omitted the French onion soup and used 1 pkg of dry onion soup mix, along with 1 can of beef broth like the other reviewers suggested. I also only used 1 cup of water. It turned out better than I expected. The meat was tender, and I liked the fact that I didn't have to brown it first. The only thing I would say is that it does need some extra seasoning, maybe next time I will tweak it and add some extra spices to it. Overall good recipe, nice and quick prep, took the whole 5 hours to cook. Update: I make this all the time. I have a large family so I still double the recipe. I don't use the french onion soup at all. I use 2 cans mushroom soup, 1 pkg onion soup mix, and 1 cup low sodium beef broth, no additional water - I think that is what makes it bland. Extra seasonings I add are pepper, Maggi, and Worcestershire sauce. I also add an onion (but we really like onions!). Turns out tasty for me every time. I sometimes cook this on 300 for 4 hours to save time, although it is better to cook it as the original recipe states. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/05/2006
I made this stew for Sunday dinner and it was a major disappointment. Very bland and it didn't look very appetizing either. Read More
(5)
83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2008
I had 2 lbs of stew meat so I doubled the recipe. I omitted the French onion soup and used 1 pkg of dry onion soup mix, along with 1 can of beef broth like the other reviewers suggested. I also only used 1 cup of water. It turned out better than I expected. The meat was tender, and I liked the fact that I didn't have to brown it first. The only thing I would say is that it does need some extra seasoning, maybe next time I will tweak it and add some extra spices to it. Overall good recipe, nice and quick prep, took the whole 5 hours to cook. Update: I make this all the time. I have a large family so I still double the recipe. I don't use the french onion soup at all. I use 2 cans mushroom soup, 1 pkg onion soup mix, and 1 cup low sodium beef broth, no additional water - I think that is what makes it bland. Extra seasonings I add are pepper, Maggi, and Worcestershire sauce. I also add an onion (but we really like onions!). Turns out tasty for me every time. I sometimes cook this on 300 for 4 hours to save time, although it is better to cook it as the original recipe states. Read More
(53)
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2005
I've tried many beef stew recipes, all of which have disappointed my husband, except for this one which we both loved. I followed the suggestions of some other reviewers and added 1 10.75 oz can beef broth, 1 cup water, 1 package dry onion soup mix, instead of the water and french onion soup that is called for. I also put this in a crock pot on high for 4 hours. I doubled all of the vegetables, and added almost a full 10.75 oz can of corn (did I mention that we really love our veggies!). At the end, it was still soupy, so I thickened it up with 2 Tablespoons of corn starch which made it perfect. With the changes that were made, I give this a full 4 stars for taste and ease of preparation -it is the simplest dish you could make. I will be making this again soon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2003
This recipe was delicious! I did however take a suggestion and use onion soup mix and 1 cup of water. I also added celery and worcestershire sauce. It turned out yummy. It is a definite make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2003
The best beef stew that I ever made. I should have cut my potatoes a little larger because they seemed to dissolve in the sauce. Even though this dish tasted wonderful!! Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2006
Our family isn't big fans of stew but we thought this was great. Actually i used the ideas from the others as far as the lipton onion soup mix and water however i thought it was a little too salty. next time i'll use minced onions and my own seasonings. i also added a nice scoop of minced garlic. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
This was so tasty and easy. I used one can of beef consomme and 1/2 package of onion soup mix about two cups water and two bay leaves. I put in a COVERED dutch oven as I let it cook for about 6 hours while I was gone and was afraid of drying out since I couldn't stir it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2003
Very good! I also cooked this in a slow cooker instead of the oven. The meat was very tender and the flavor was great! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2004
I put this in the slow cooker/crockpot for 4 hours and it was tasty. It's sufficent for a family dinner but not quite impressive tasting to serve guests. I'd make it again for our family meal. Added 1 Cup water and 1 pkg onion soup mix. The gravy/sauce is thick and creamy. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2009
Amazing delicious simple! I've been making this stew in the fall since I found the recipe in "Tried and True Favorites" about 7 years ago and it always hits the spot! Great recipe exactly as written thanks for sharing! Read More
(6)
Rating: 1 stars
11/05/2006
I made this stew for Sunday dinner and it was a major disappointment. Very bland and it didn't look very appetizing either. Read More
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