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Simple Soup Series: Beef Stew

Simple Soup Series Beef Stew || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 Last on the list in this simple soup series is beef stew.  Normally when I think of stew I think of simmering something all day long.

But not here.  This stew comes together in under thirty minutes.  It’s packed with flavor and nutrition.  And it’s very filling.

It starts with a few fresh vegetables.  Add them to rich beef broth for the base.

Then add the beef and seasoning.  Finally a little thickening and you’ve got a delicious dinner. 

Simple Soup Series Beef Stew || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Don’t forget to have an adorable assistant to help clean up vegetable peelings.  That makes the preparation even more fun.

Making a simple soup is definitely something even young kids can help with.  They can chop some vegetables (while being supervised of course) and then help add everything to the pot.  This is a great way to get your children to eat nourishing soups.  Let them help.

All of my kids love to help in the kitchen.  Then when dinner is served they are so proud that they contributed. 

Simple Soup Series Beef Stew || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Beef stew is another great lunch box addition.  It will keep your child’s belly full and give them plenty of energy.

This is also a soup that freezes well for easy weeknight meals.

Do you have more time in the morning to make food?  You can either prepare the stew in a pan and put in the fridge to warm at dinner time.  Or you can toss the ingredients in the crockpot and let it simmer for a few hours.

Beef stew is a simple soup that will satisfy your appetite and give your body the nourishment it needs. 

Simple Soup Series Beef Stew || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Soup Series: Beef Stew
Serves 5
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups beef broth
  2. 4 Tbsp. cornstarch, arrowroot or tapioca flour
  3. 3 large carrots, cut in small chunks
  4. 1 large potato, cut in small chunks (optional)
  5. 1/2 onion, diced
  6. 1-2 cups any other vegetables (peas, broccoli, cauliflower, beans) (optional)
  7. 1 cup cooked, cut up beef roast
  8. sea salt, garlic powder, parsley and basil to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan combine the cold broth and cornstarch until dissolved.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer 20 - 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the stew is thickened.
Notes
  1. You can use 1/2 lb. cooked ground beef in place of the roast beef.
  2. You can use all frozen vegetables. If so the cook time will only be about 15 minutes.
  3. An easy way to have two delicious meals in one week is to cook a bone-in beef roast in the crockpot one day, then use the bone to make broth over night. The next day use the broth and the leftover meat to make stew.
  4. If you like the stew thicker, add more cornstarch to a small amount of cold water or broth and stir it into the stew. If you like it thinner cut down on the cornstarch or omit it completely.
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