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Hearty Baked Beef Stew

 Hearty Baked Beef Stew
"This is such an easy way to make a wonderful beef stew," beams Doris Sleeth of Naples, Florida. "You don't need to brown the meat first—just combine it with hearty chunks of carrots, potatoes and celery...and let it all cook together in a flavorful gravy. My daughter Karen came up with the recipe for her busy family."
6-8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 slice bread, cubed

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, water, tapioca, sugar, salt
  • and pepper. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. or 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and
  • bake at 375° for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until meat and vegetables
  • are tender. Serve in bowls. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 300 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 628 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 25 g protein.