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Contest-Winning Easy Oven Stew Recipe

Contest-Winning Easy Oven Stew Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with reduced-sodium beef broth and tomato sauce and without added salt) equals 230 calories, 6 g fat (0 saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 401 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Easy Oven Stew

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Easy and good."

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."

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."

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!"

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!!"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

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

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

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

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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