Sunday, January 4, 2015


This is a great meal and one that gives you a great option when you really don't feel like cooking.  Olivia made this and while she was at it, made some for us also.  It freezes very well and will keep in the freezer for 3-6 months if you double bag it in freezer bags.  You can serve it over whatever type of pasta you have on hand.  As the temperatures plummet, this is a delicious, hot, comfort food to enjoy.  Make some for today and any day in the future you want.  Enjoy!


  • For the freezer meal portion:
  • 2-3 pounds stew meat (or a 3-pound chuck roast, cubed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • On the day you wish to prepare:
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 6-7 tablespoons water
  • 4-8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup light or regular sour cream
  • pasta of your choice
  1. Place the stew meat, mushrooms, salt, pepper and onion in a LABELED freezer bag. Stir to distribute the seasonings and onion. In a small bowl, combine the garlic salt, Worcestershrie sauce, beef broth and ketchup. Pour over the meat.  At this point, force all of the air out of the freezer bag and lay flat in the freezer for a quick prep meal later on.  (Write the remaining directions, ingredients, etc. on the freezer meal so you have them easily available on the day you wish to prepare it.)
  2. On the day you wish to prepare the meal, cook for 7-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.
  3. About 30 minutes before serving, combine the flour and water in a small bowl, whisking vigorously to combine well. The roux should be thick but still pourable so add a tablespoon of  water at a time to thin, if needed. Pour the flour mixture into the slow cooker, stiring quickly to mix in the roux with the stew meat and juices and to avoid lumps. 
  4. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Stir in ½ cup sour cream right before serving. Serve over pasta, rice or baked potatoes.cooked pasta.

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