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Weekday Beef Stew

Beef stew capped with flaky puff pastry adds a little surprise and joy to the weeknight menu. Make a salad and call your lucky companions to the table. —Daniel Anderson, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated beef roast au jus
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen vegetables for stew
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Unfold puff pastry. Using a 4-in. round cookie cutter, cut out 4 circles. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 14-16 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, shred beef with 2 forks; transfer to a large saucepan. Add tomatoes, vegetables and pepper; bring to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into beef mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Ladle stew into 4 bowls; top each with a pastry round.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups with 1 pastry round: 604 calories, 25g fat (8g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 960mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 32g protein.
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  • Naomie
    Oct 4, 2020

    To ewing.ginny - I have never seen refrigerated beef au jus or frozen stew vegetables in any market I have ever shopped in. However it may be regional, as many parts of the country have products that are not sold nationwide. Just substitute freshor frozen veggies.

  • BellaTerra66
    Oct 4, 2020

    Leave out the tomatoes, exchange the cornstarch for potato flakes, and add Worcestershire sauce, and you have a tastier, healthier stew.

  • Bjfarkel
    Oct 4, 2020

    Im with Ewing.ginny, not familiar with refrigerator beef aus jus

  • ewing.ginny
    Feb 24, 2020

    Where do you find fridgerated beef a jus?

  • MamaMeese
    Sep 15, 2019

    So classic, and so delicious!

  • bicktasw
    Aug 28, 2019

    If you're looking for a quick and hearty meal .... this recipe is for you! This stew came together so quickly ..... perfect for today's busy families! I used some leftover roast beef and gravy and I had to use a 16 ounce bag of regular mixed vegetables as I could not find the stew vegetables. I also added a 15 ounce can of diced potatoes (drained). Such a tasty meal ..... so hard to believe it was so easy to make! I give this 5 stars for sure! Volunteer Field Editor

  • MarineMom_texas
    Aug 23, 2019

    Definitely a 5-star winner! We loved it. I had to use frozen veggies for soup since I could not find veggies for stew but they worked just fine. The pasty adds a nice touch to this dish. So quick, it was ready in about half an hour. This one is a keeper. Volunteer Field Editor

  • sstetzel
    Aug 19, 2019

    Made for a super-quick, tasty meal!

  • ryokom
    Apr 16, 2019

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  • Summy
    Mar 26, 2019

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