“Here’s a speedy and satisfying version of traditional minestrone soup. The fun polka-dot shapes of the couscous, baby carrots and black beans give this stew its name.”
-Teagan O'Toole, Boston, Massachusetts
This warming, stick-to-your-ribs main dish was one Mom relied on often to feed us 13 kids. Mildly seasoned with lots of satisfying ingredients like barley, potatoes and carrots in a tomato-beef broth, it still hits the spot on cold winter days. -Lucile H. Proctor, Panguitch, Utah
This rich, hearty beef stew has a garden full of flavor with vegetables like cabbage, rutabaga and carrots. Mom knew this main dish is one that would suit us 11 kids. When we were all home, she'd throw in extra vegetables to stretch it.
-Anne Heinonen, Howell, Michigan
Beef stew always seems to be popular at a large gathering. Everyone likes this hearty combination of beef, potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in a savory tomato-to-beef broth.—Jackie Holland, Gillette, Wyoming
Festivals in North Carolina wouldn't be the same without this popular stew. A thick hearty blend of meats, vegetables and seasonings in a savory tomato-based broth, it's a special main dish for a crowd.—Judi Brinegar, Liberty, North Carolina
"I created this savory stew one evening while trying to use up leftover ham," recalls Shannon Smith of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. "My husband loved it and told me to write down the recipe. I passed it on to the other women in the family...now it's everyone's favorite."
When there's a chill in the air, nothing beats this stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooked stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and beef.—Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas
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