Come home to warm comfort food! This is based on my mom’s wonderful recipe, though I tweaked it for the slow cooker. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan to each bowl for a nice finishing touch. —Marcella West, Washburn, Illinois
Using leftover brats hurries along the preparation of this satisfying stew from Deborah Elliott of Ridge Springs, South Carolina. "When time is short, this flavorful combination is so good and so easy, I usually have all the ingredients handy," she adds.
A big pot of this versatile blend from Don Trumbly of Paola, Kansas can be enjoyed two ways. As is, it's a satisfying stew brimming with tender chunks of beef, tomato and two kinds of beans. Or add picante sauce and chili powder to create a zippy chili.
While the tarts chill, she assembles Turkey Noodle Stew, a creamy mixture of turkey, vegetables and noodles.
"Michael doesn't usually go for meal-in-one dishes, but he likes this savory skillet entree," Traci assures.
Tasty vegetable chunks add color to this satisfying stew from Bobbie Jo Yokley of Franklin, Kentucky. "I serve it with warm corn bread and a tossed salad for a delicious meal in no time," she informs. Each hearty bowl coasts only 95¢.
In Meridian, Mississippi, Annice Brewer warms guests with this hearty stew brimming with beef, potatoes and tomatoes. "I serve it corn bread and chocolate pie for dessert. I've never had a complaint."—Annice Brewer, Meridian, Mississippi
A pleasant sauce coats this chicken and veggie dinner that's slow-cooked to tender perfection, then served over biscuits. "When I first came up with this dish, my 2-year-old couldn't get enough of it," comments Kathy Garrett from Browns Mills, New Jersey.
If you're going to a potluck with Phyllis Bertin of Thunder Bay, Ontario, make sure to taste a serving of her savory stew. Slices of zucchini are mixed with ground beef, pork sausage and a assortment of other vegetables to create this one-dish wonder.
"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."
In North Syracuse, New York, Cnora Cooper warms up her family with this satisfying stew. "Add a green salad and hot Italian bread for a great meal on a cool spring day," she suggests. "Leftovers are terrific, too."