Lazy Stew

Lazy stew combines hamburger with vegetables and potatoes. It is easy because the recipe uses frozen and boxed components with very little prep needed. Seasonings and red wine add a lot of flavor with very little work.

I haven’t been in the mood to cook this week. The notebook is acting half dead and I’ve been trying to trouble shoot the darn thing. Last night we had egg salad sandwiches and I thought I should try to fix something more filling tonight. This stew turned out pretty good for a freezer and pantry dinner.

The recipe makes at least 4 servings.

Lazy Stew


  • 3 frozen hamburger patties (about ½ lb. of hamburger)
  • 1/3 cup of sliced onions
  • 1 ½ cups or more of frozen vegetables (or canned and drained)
  • 1 package of scalloped potatoes
  • 2 1/3 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of beef bouillon
  • ¼ cup or more of good red wine
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • Salt and black pepper


Slice the onion in ¼ inch slices. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the onions begin to turn yellow. Remove the onions from the pan. Add the frozen hamburger patties or crumbled hamburger. Cover and cook until browned on one side, turn and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. By this point the patties are thawed and can be broken up in the pan. Add the onions and the frozen vegetables. Stir well and cook for a few minutes then add the water, bouillon,  Worcestershire sauce, red wine and thyme. Add a few shakes of salt and pepper. After the mixture returns to a boil stir in the dehydrated potatoes from the box of scalloped potatoes. Cover and simmer over medium low heat until the vegetables are tender. Stir often and add more water if needed. Mix the package of dry sauce mix from the box of scalloped potatoes with 2 tablespoons of flour in a small bowl with 1/3 cup or more cold water. Blend well. The resulting slurry will thicken the stew. Pour it slowly into the pot while stirring. Lower the heat as far as possible to keep the stew warm until ready to serve. Or put the pot in a 250 degree F oven for about 30 minutes.

Serve in bowl along with homemade biscuits or bread.


If you would not drink the wine, don’t use it in a recipe. I think you could use beer if you do not have wine. Either enhance the flavor of stews.

You could use 1 lb. of sliced mushrooms instead of meat.

You could add a can of diced stew tomatoes to the stew.


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A great grandmother living in the middle of the United States. My interests include art, needlework, reading, history, politics, and cooking.
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