I call it this because in the winter months, my Mom always made either this or some form of pasta on Sundays. It is a hearty stew, a little different since it uses tomato sauce & paste, but it is ooh so good. When I was little I used to eat all the meat, then mash all the veggies together with the sauce, well I don't do that anymore (much)but I still make this stew which is truly for me a comfort food :) I hope you like it. The veggie & spice amounts are the basic ones. The potatoes can be cut in half if small or 8ths if really large, you just want nice good size chunks. You can also alter your spices to suite your own tastes. Cooking time is slow cooker time.