Total Time
5hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs

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!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1133.98 g beef stew meat
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 453.59 g can peas, drained (optional)
  • 297.66 g can tomato soup or 297.66 g can cream of mushroom soup or 297.66 g can celery soup
  • 118.29 ml water
  • salt and pepper


  1. 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.
Most Helpful

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.

mostlympc January 18, 2013

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

pamela t. March 01, 2010

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.

frozen_rain December 19, 2009