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
Since Lisa Stinger and her husband really enjoy seafood, she doesn't skimp on shrimp in this recipe! "This mildly seasoned stew has other satisfying ingredients, too, like broccoli, tomatoes and pasta," she writes from Hamilton, New Jersey.
"This is one of the tastiest stews I have ever made," notes Dixie Terry of Goreville, Illinois. "It's hearty and especially good for folks on restricted diets because most of its flavor comes from herbs and spices.
“My mother used to prepare orange chicken with rice back in the ‘60s, and it was so good. My version uses pearl barley instead of rice, and I added parsnips for flavor and baby carrots for color.” —Helen Glazier, Seattle, Washington
The flavors in this stew work so well together that you'll never miss the meat. Cilantro, honey and garlic are an ideal matche for the black beans and fresh vegetables. —Marilyn Waters of Outing, Minnesota
"This is without a doubt the yummiest stew I've ever tasted," informs Lorna Irving of Holberg, British Columbia. "My mom often made it for special occasions when I was growing up. It's been popular with our family for the past 40 years. You can make it ahead and reheat before serving."
Wine lends a warm background flavor for this satisfying take on a traditional French stew. Lynn Stein in Joseph, Oregon uses low-fat mashed beans to thicken her broth and boost nutrition. Serve with garlic bread and dinner's done!
I rely on my slow cooker to prepare this chili-like specialty. It's packed with turkey sausage, pasta and vegetables. My gang gobbles it up without realizing they're eating healthy. —Sarah Bowen of Upland, California