Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 45 mins

I got this idea after making the original stew named "Vegetable Beef Stew" from I noticed how similar the ingredients were to the "Hobbit soup" so I added a little here and changed a little there. I prefer to use fresh vegetables when I make any kind of soup or stew- just as a hobbit, wizard or man would! Also, I use tomato paste instead of ketchup- you make your choice. Note: Prep time is a guessaminet. Depending on if you already chopped up the vegetables the night before and what not. This stew would taste grand with steak, chicken (or rabbit if you choose), and/or tofu with beef or chicken stock -- mix and match however you fancy! I place the steak tips in the freezer for 30 minutes and cut of the fat before cutting the meat into cubes. You could also use ground meat instead. I would think you could prepare and cook on the same day. However, I chose to cut the vegetables the day before so prep time was a bit faster. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot sprayed with nonstick vegetable cooking spray, over medium-high heat, add olive oil. When hot, add steak tip meat and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until browned on all sides. Remove steak and set aside.
  2. Add beef broth to the hot pot with water.
  3. Add potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, dried thyme, pepper, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil and add the steak back to the pot. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is done.
  4. Add frozen peas and cook 2 more minutes.
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