The 6 Soup And Stew Recipes Moms Swear By

6 soups and stews macaroni and cheese soup with meatloaf croutons


6 Soups And Stews, #5

Are you in a dinner rut? Not anymore! The scent alone, lingering in the house as this cooks, makes me feel warm inside and helps me fight these dreadful temperatures! When it comes to stews, nothing beats the good ol’ crock pot!

6 soups and stews beef stew with dumplings

Don’t you just love slow cooker recipes such as this one? I sure do!

My trusted crock pot makes things so much easier for me – I can just throw all the ingredients in there and let it work its magic. When it’s time for dinner, all I have to do is pick up my plate and dig in! Remember; you can add any of your favorite veggies and herbs to adjust the flavors to your taste. Feel free to let us know in the comments how this turned out for you!




2 lb boneless beef bottom or top round, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 yellow onions, sliced

4 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (2 cups)

2 medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

2-3 Tbsp tomato paste (optional, if you’d like a stronger tomato flavor)

2 jars (4.5 oz each) sliced mushrooms, drained

3/4 cup dry red wine or beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)

1 teaspoon ground mustard

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons Gold Medal all-purpose flour

1 bay leaf


1/2 cup McArthur milk

1 1/2 cups bisquick mix

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves, crushed



Add all the stew ingredients into your slow cooker, EXCEPT water and flour. Stir.

Cover, and cook on Low setting for 8-10 hours. You can cook this on High for 4-5 hours but you’ll get super tender meat, cooking this on low!

Whisk together water and flour in a mixing bowl; gradually stir into beef mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry dumpling ingredients. Stir in milk just until Bisquick mix is moistened. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto hot beef mixture.

Increase the slow cooker heat to High. Cover and cook for 25-35 minutes longer or until toothpick inserted in center of dumplings comes out clean. Remove the bay leaf and serve.


Quick tip: I love adding garlic to this stew!


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