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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Stew

Come home to warm comfort food! This vegetable beef stew is based on my mom’s wonderful recipe, but I adjusted it for the slow cooker. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan to each bowl for a nice finishing touch. —Marcella West, Washburn, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon browning sauce, optional
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed

Directions

  • Place the beef, potatoes, water, carrots, soup, onion, celery, Worcestershire sauce, browning sauce if desired, bouillon granules, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Combine cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cover and cook on high until thickened, 30 minutes. Stir in peas; heat through.

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  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups (calculated without browning sauce): 287 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 705mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.