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    Stay in Bed Stew

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    5 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    5 hrs

    Kumama Chef 579262's Note:

    This is a perfect stew to make when you just want to crawl back in bed for the day. I do not remember where I got this recipe but have had it a long time. You can also make this in your slow cooker!

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    • 2 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
    • 2 onions, chopped
    • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
    • 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
    • 1 (16 ounce) can peas, drained (optional)
    • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can tomato soup or 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup or 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can celery soup
    • 1/2 cup water
    • salt and pepper


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      Mix all ingredients in a casserole dish or roaster pan that has a TIGHT FITTING LID. Place in oven at 275 degrees for 5 hours or until meat very tender and sauce thick and bubbly.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 18, 2013


      Perfect winter recipe. My family and friends have also used this recipe for ages. I can't remember where we got it from but have always refered to it as "Stay in Bed Stew". I'll sometimes roll the beef chunks in flour and brown, but not necessary. I always add a few bay leaves to spice things up. I do prefer the 'cream of mushroom soup' version. I usually also add chopped celery and celery leaves. Great recipe to add or substitute a variety of other vegetables you may happen to have, fresh or frozen. When opting for the "tomato soup" version, I'll sometimes add a little Worchestershire Sauce and/or a little garlic paste. You really do throw all your ingredients in an oven pot and forget about it. Can freeze it too.

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    • on March 01, 2010


      Just delightful! Made this in a Paula Deen dutch oven in the oven. Simple to make and so tasty! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • on December 19, 2009


      Thank you so much for posting this! I remember eating this growing up, and asked my mom the other day for the recipe. Alas, she had lost it. SO I looked on Recipezaar, and here it was! We give this recipe 5 stars for ease, and a 4 for taste. This is literally so easy -- and no browning of the meat! The meat is so tender it falls apart. We always use tomato soup, plus one extra can and 1/2 cup water, as well as the peas.

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    Nutritional Facts for Stay in Bed Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (524 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 805.0
    Calories from Fat 441
    Total Fat 49.0 g
    Saturated Fat 19.5 g
    Cholesterol 196.7 mg
    Sodium 424.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
    Sugars 7.9 g
    Protein 54.1 g

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