When I was still living in Missouri, a friend gave me all of her family cookbooks. I got the idea for this easy stew from one of these books. Believe it or not, the taco seasoning adds just the right touch. —Kristen Hills, Layton, Utah
"I often whip up this easy stew on days when I am juggling a lot of the kids' sports schedules," Juline Goelzer of Arroyo Grande, California says of this healthy and hearty entree. "Add a green salad and some corn bread or homemade rolls for a perfect meal."
Glenda Holmes of Riley, Kansas gets this satisfying sausage-and-bean stew started in the slow cooker, then spends the afternoon curled up with a good book. "It's an effortless meal that tastes great," she relates.
“I modified the ingredients in this main dish to suit my family,” notes Geri Faustich of Appleton, Wisconsin. “It’s quick to put together in the morning, and at the end of the day, all we do is cook the noodles and eat!” TIP: “This recipe can be doubled or tripled, which I often do when we’re spending time at the cottage with two other families.”
Preparation couldn't be simpler for this hearty no-fuss stew! I created this dish when I didn't have some of my usual ingredients for vegetable beef soup. My husband says it's the best I ever made! —Margaret Turza, South Bend, Indiana
Our Test Kitchen created this satisfying stew that’s colorful, full-flavored and family-friendly. Chicken thighs are slowly simmered with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, green peppers and onion for meal-in-one convenience.
Our family loves this hearty stew. I like to serve steaming helping in old-fashioned soup plates with thick crusty slices of homemade bread. To get the 11 cups of chopped cabbage for this stew, you'll need to start with a small head of cabbage, about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds. Or for quicker prep, substitute coleslaw mix from the produce department.—Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas
At the end of a long day, you want to put something quick, warm and substantial on the table for your family. This hefty Beef Vegetable Soup fills the bill and will have you out of the kitchen in no time flat!
D. M. Hillock - Hartford, Michigan
A great family dish, Jackie Kohn's recipe boasts a rich creamy sauce certain to satisfy goulash lovers. “I enjoy sharing recipes with friends and family,” says the Duluth, Minnesota cook, “and this one's great for pot-luck suppers, too.” TIP: Garnish with fresh parsley for flavor and color. —Jackie Kohn, Duluth, Minnesota
For a stick-to-your ribs meal, try this hearty combination of beans and sausage. Because it calls for several canned items, it's easy to prepare and let cook for the afternoon. It's also inexpensive to serve. —Judy Sumner, Riverton, Utah
I created this slow cooker recipe using convenience products to save time chopping vegetables and browning beef. Apple cider and cinnamon are the unique additions that give a down-home flavor to this oh-so-easy and economical stew. It also makes a rich, flavorful potluck dish for holiday gatherings or on busy school nights. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
"I love anything with Cajun spices, so I came up with this slow-cooker jambalaya that’s just as good as that served in restaurants," says Jennifer Fulk from Moreno Valley, California. "If you can’t find Andouille sausage, hot links, smoked sausage or chorizo will also work. I like to serve it with warm cornbread and garnished with sliced green onions."