This was great! As you can see from my picture I did not have any zucchini so I just served this over the herbed egg noodles. I used 1 oz. of dried porcini mushrooms and 1 oz. of dried oyster mushrooms. I also had no parsnips but since my boys don't like them anyway it wasn't a great loss to the stew. This didn't take as long as I thought it would. The longest part was browning the meat and I agree with Sandi that you don't need to hurry this step. Thanks for a great recipe.