Ground beef, beans and pasta thickens this hearty stew that's perfect for brisk autumn days. The zippy sauce, made with canned vegetable juice, gives the chunky mixture a western flair —Mrs. J.W. West of Alvord, Texas
I made this colorful, robust stew often when our three kids were living at home. Since it calls for lots of canned vegetables, it stirs up in a jiffy. It's versatile, too-you can substitute cubed turkey, chicken, ham or beef for the sausage. Plus, you can replace the beans with other vegetables of your choice.
Our ladies group at church has a soup and sandwich supper, and before I went to work that morning, I prepared this soup in my slow cooker. It was ready when I got home. It was such a big hit, many asked for the recipe!—Anita Roberson, Williamston, North Carolina
Meet the Cook: Even before it got cold outside last fall, my husband had asked me to make this stew twice. In fact, here at home, our name for it is "Tom's Favorite Stew".
We're the parents of two children - a 9-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl.
-Linda Schwarz, Bertrand, Nebraska
Meet the Cook: Green chilies are a big favorite here in the Southwest - my family likes anything with them in it.
Now that we are "empty nesters" (two married children and two grandchildren), my husband knows that I'm going to spring at least one new recipe on him each week. He's always brave!
-Pat Henderson, Deer Park, Texas
I heat up cold nights by serving this thick and zesty stew with corn bread. I also like to spoon leftovers into corn tortillas with a little salsa and reduced-fat sour cream for a satisfying snack.
—Mickey Terry of Del Valle, Texas
Anaheim chilies are the top crop in New Mexico. I roast them to use in a variety of dishes. Peppers give this down-home stew a wonderful rich flavor my family loves.—Mary Spill, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
This zesty ground beef and vegetable soup is flavorful and fast to fix. It makes a complete meal when served with warm corn bread, sourdough bread or French bread if you can squeak in a few more calories. —Lynnette Davis, Tullahoma, Tennessee.