The groundhog was definitely spot on a few weeks back when he said six more weeks of winter!!!
When it’s this cold out, I truly don’t feel like doing anything but curling up on the sofa with my remote and a bowl of something super warm and super comforting.
Unfortunately, with all of the work I have piled up on my desk, I doubt that is going to happen anytime soon.
Speaking of work: I prefer spending less of it in the kitchen so this morning I filled up my slow cooker with a hearty meal for two that I don’t need to worry about until dinner time!
I do have a confession to make though.
Please don’t judge me but my stew recipe is only Semi-Homemade.
I know. I know. Shame on me.
But I have to say, folks.
I’m perfectly okay with this recipe not being 100% homemade.
Because it is SUPER easy and SUPER yummy!
And best of all….SUPER comforting.
Here’s the recipe! I hope you enjoy!
- 1 lb top sirloin (cut into 1 inch cubes)-You can use stew meat if you prefer.
- 1 14 1/2 oz can of stewed tomatoes
- 1 package of McCormick Brown Gravy mix
- 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
- 1 small onion (sliced thin)
- 1 clove of garlic (minced)
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2/3 cup flour
- 3 medium potatoes (cut into 1 inch chunks)
- 2 carrots (peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks)
- 2 stalks of celery (cut into 1 inch chunks)
- 1 cup of frozen peas
- 1 bay leaf
- (Flour for dredging)
- Additional water if needed.
- Season meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, and oregano. Add flour to a large mixing bowl. Dredge meat in flour, shaking off any excess. Add 1 Tbls. olive oil to a large skillet. When oil is hot, add meat and brown on all sides. (May need to do this in batches depending on size of skillet.) Add stewed tomatoes, cream of mushroom soup, gravy mix and 2 cups of water. Mix well. Let simmer on low. Meanwhile, cut up potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Add to slow cooker. Pour meat mixture over veggies. Stir to combine all. **Add additional water or beef broth to cover veggies. Add bay leaf. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. **Add frozen peas 30 minutes before completely cooked. Remove bay leaf and serve.