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North Woods Beef Stew

I live in northern Wisconsin, where we appreciate hot and hearty meals during our cold winters. Conveniently prepared in a slow cooker, this stew is superb for company. —Janice Christofferson, Eagle River, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    11 servings (2-3/4 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • Hot cooked egg noodles

Directions

  • Place the carrots, celery and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a bowl or shallow dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and turn to coat. Place beef over vegetables.
  • In a small bowl, combine the soup, wine, tapioca, Italian seasoning, paprika, brown sugar, bouillon and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the top.
  • Cover and cook on low until meat and vegetables are tender, 8-10 hours, adding mushrooms during the last hour. Serve with noodles.
  • Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 285 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 582mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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