I agree that this is a very good recipe. My 93-year-old mother-in-law has recently told me that this is the best meal I have ever brought her, and there have been many. All the veggie prep can be done while the onions and bay leaves are simmering. I do add more broth when the veggies go in. The cabbage will add a significant amount of water but the beef flavor is key. It will freeze great in resealable bags for a quick meal so I normally double the recipe when going to this effort, which in my opinion is well worth it. The 2 hour simmering step for the beef can be done the day before.

Paul

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 55 mins
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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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  • Cook and stir stew meat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat until browned on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain any excess grease.

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  • Stir beef bouillon into beef broth in a bowl until dissolved; pour over stew meat. Add onion, black pepper, and bay leaf; cover and simmer until stew meat is very tender, at least 2 hours. Add potatoes, cabbage, celery, and carrot; cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, 30 to 45 more minutes.

  • Stir tomato sauce and salt into the stew; simmer, uncovered, until tomato sauce is fully incorporated and flavors have blended, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

318 calories; protein 22.6g 45% DV; carbohydrates 21.5g 7% DV; fat 15.8g 24% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; sodium 689.8mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2012
Very nice pretty healthy recipe. I used all the same ingredients but changed up the prep order to make it easier for me to put together on a busy day. I diced up the onion, carrots (used a lot more carrots) celery. Cooked the beef, added the onions, carrots and celery and cooked that a bit, added the broth & bouillon cube, tomato sauce - brought to a low simmer - added the potatoes and turned the heat down to low and let simmer - just before serving I added the cabbage and let simmer while the rolls baked. No added salt was needed. Perfectly easy weeknight meal. This can all be done using the crockpot - start of the stove and finish the simmer and cabbage in the crockpot. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/04/2013
Very disappointed with this recipe. Our old standby swiss steak in the crockpot is much better than this. I won't be making this again. Read More
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248 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 203
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2012
Very nice pretty healthy recipe. I used all the same ingredients but changed up the prep order to make it easier for me to put together on a busy day. I diced up the onion, carrots (used a lot more carrots) celery. Cooked the beef, added the onions, carrots and celery and cooked that a bit, added the broth & bouillon cube, tomato sauce - brought to a low simmer - added the potatoes and turned the heat down to low and let simmer - just before serving I added the cabbage and let simmer while the rolls baked. No added salt was needed. Perfectly easy weeknight meal. This can all be done using the crockpot - start of the stove and finish the simmer and cabbage in the crockpot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2012
Exactly what I was looking for! It tasted exactly like what I grew up on at my Grandma's house. Excellent flavor - definitely a comfort food for me! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2012
I absolutely loved this recipe but I did make some changes. Instead of the tomato sauce I used 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes with the juice and a small can of tomato paste. I also added a can of drained corn and a gutted and diced jalapeno to add a little kick. I added these along with the rest of the veggies and let it simmer for 70 minutes. Both myself and my partner absolutely loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2013
Excellent stew! I make this in the crock pot. Just brown the meat, put it in the crock pot and cover with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low all day and it comes out great! Another great excuse to eat cabbage. Great as-is, but I've also added corn, peas, cauliflower, etc. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2013
My wife can make a great stew and i have been trying to make a recipe to beat hers and have great flavor with tender meat and done vegies that didnt taste like some chemical well this recipe beat hers by far. I didn't change anything the beef was real tender the broth had great flavor and the cabbage made this stew even better. You have to try this recipe you will make this again. My wife really liked this stew and admitted it that it taste better then hers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2012
I made this recipe in my pressure cooker and it cut the cooking time down to about 35 minutes. It turned out perfectly. I browned the beef in a little oil for about 12 minutes, pressure cooked the meat, broth, onion, and spices for 15 minutes, added the veggies and pressure cooked for 7 minutes, added the tomato sauce and pressure cooked for 1 minute. Fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
Prepared this recipe exactly like the original with no changes. It turned out perfect! Very tasty the first day and the leftovers were even better the second day. You will not be disappointed. Great recipe and I'll definitely make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2013
ok is it fair to give this 5 stars when I didn't follow the recipe? I just had to because this soup is so delicious and soooooo good for us!!! I used 1 pound of beef 15 oz tomato sauce 6 cups of beef broth 4 large handful of coleslaw mix (Sam's club) 2 large carrots 1 onion 1 c each of frozen green beans and corn and salt and pepper...and one tsp of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. OH WOW! simple delicious hearty healthy goodness in a bowl. Exactly what I want my family to eat to nourish themselves!!! the twenty minutes of simmering are almost up and the troops are starting to circle!!! I've taste-tested a little bowl already and I can hardly wait for more!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2012
First let me say I am a beginner when it comes to making actual hearty home cooked meals with fresh meat and veges. and this meal was GREAT! Growng up my mom alaways made meals from scrath and this remided me of coming home from school as a child and smelling her yummy stew before I even hit the side walk. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/04/2013
Very disappointed with this recipe. Our old standby swiss steak in the crockpot is much better than this. I won't be making this again. Read More
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