Contest-Winning Easy Oven Stew Recipe
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Contest-Winning Easy Oven Stew Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Because I've never entered a recipe contest before, I hesitated before sending my stew in. I knew, though, it not only was so good but anybody could make it. You just throw the ingredients into a pot and stir! I've been cooking 40 years. My husband and I have one grown daughter. -Carol Smith, Stuart, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 230 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 401mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.


  1. In a 5-qt. Dutch oven, combine all ingredients. Cover and bake at 350° for 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours, or until the meat and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Easy Oven Stew in Country Woman January/February 1995, p31

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lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 27619
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Easy and good."

laroelfs User ID: 5101757 12179
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"This was the first time I baked stew. It was delicious! I also added potatoes instead of parsnips. I added 2 cans of stewed tomatoes instead of one, and substituted a corn starch slurry for the tapioca. I don't like coffee, so I deleted the coffee granules. I used a prepared spaghetti seasoning in place of the individual seasonings. I was impressed at how tender the stew meat was."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 7533
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"This is our new best stew recipe!

I used potatoes instead of parsnips, added brussels sprouts and mushrooms, and it was SO good. No need to add extra salt or anything."

rganderson22 User ID: 2224675 28775
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"This is one of the best stew recipes I have tried. I used an equal amount of parsnips and potatoes. It was delicious!"

afoth73 User ID: 1490711 4279
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"This is the BEST and EASIEST stew recipe ever! It turns out thick and hearty and is perfect for a snowy, cold day! I also substitute potatoes for parsnips because it is our personal preference. SO delicious!!"

kimberlyfl User ID: 5739324 7519
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"Taste wonderful and easy to make. I will make this many times again. Thank you."

Kathilee5 User ID: 4269313 12177
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"This is the ONLY beef stew recipe we use!"

sharondenning User ID: 4578296 11205
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"As good as it is easy. I used potatoes instead of parsnips. This is my new beef stew recipe. Love it."

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