Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Beef and Tomato Stew

Move to Georgia, they said.  It will be warmer down south.
This winter has been nuts.
I can't believe that here, in north Georgia, there were temperatures in the single digits last week.  That didn't even include the wind chill!
You better believe that I was using our crock pot last week, and have been leaning heavily on it throughout this season.  My favorite these past few months has been Martha Stewart's beef and tomato stew.  Easy to throw together, incredibly flavorful, and great served on its own or with rice, it's just a powerhouse recipe.
Also, it is guaranteed to make your house smell amazing.   What do you have to lose?

Beef and Tomato Stew (from Martha Stewart)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 medium carrots, sliced 1/4-inch thick
3 celery stalks, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 lbs. beef chuck or stew beef
28 oz. crushed tomatoes
1 c. chicken broth (veggie also works!)
3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium.  Add onion, carrots, and celery; cook, stirring often, until softened.
2. Throw veggies and remaining ingredients into slow cooker, salt and pepper to taste, cover, and cook on high for 6 hours.  Can be served over carb of your choice (brown rice and quinoa are super tasty).


  1. I am going to make this when we get our meat order from Stan this weekend. Sounds similar to the stew I make but yours look better : ) You know - I love my crock pot!

  2. Oh yes. My crock pot is my best friend!!!

  3. P.S. Here's another cold weather recipe that is soooo easy and delicious. We had it for dinner last night:
    Tomato-Basil Bisque: 2 (10-1/4 oz.) cans tomato soup; 1 (14-1/2 oz.) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes; 2-1/2 cups buttermilk; 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil; 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper. Cook first 5 ingedients in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 6-8 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese! Makes about 7 cups; takes about 15 minutes!!! Really good too. Maybe make a grilled cheese with some fancy cheese and you're all set!!! I think you'll like it. (Paul did and that's always a minor miracle around here!).