Beef Stew

stone soup

This is family recipe, but like with many of the recipes I have found… it turns out they aren’t so secret, haha. So here is what my family calls, Stone Soup. It keeps your belly warm, it isn’t expensive to make, and you can read the old book, Stone Soup with your children just before you make this delicious goodness. I have made changes to our family recipe… because that’s just how I operate.


  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • bay leaf
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 2 containers of beef broth
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes (I use fingerlings)
  • around 1 pound of beef stew meat
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • vegetable oil, around 2 tbs

What to do:

  1. Using a large pot, turn on the heat to around medium high. Once hot, put in the oil.
  2. While pot gets heated, add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the meat.
  3. Throw the meat in the pot. Cook til well done, occasionally stirring.
  4. Once the meat is done, add enough water to the pot to cover the meat. Next, add one container of beef broth or stock and onion. Bring to simmer with a bay leaf.
  5. Once onions are opaque, add can of tomato sauce. Reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Add the rest of broth, celery and carrots an hour before serving and potatoes about 30 minutes til.
  7. Just before serving, pull bay leaf and add a little more salt and pepper to taste.

My family likes to do this with homemade breadsticks…. or you can do it with focaccia bread… or french or sourdough loaves…. or crackers! Your choice! I hope you enjoy every drop as we do 🙂

Want to add spice? Throw in 1 tsp of cayenne, 1 tsp of cumin, and a tsp of chili powder to the meat. Or just add some tobacco or white pepper to your individual servings.

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