This recipe is limited only by the ingredients on hand and your imagination. It can produce a stew or chowder or a casserole and does not take a large amount of meat. It is easy to put together because you use whatever meat and vegetables you have plus a can of creamed soup. Serve it on or alongside mashed potatoes, on top of noodles or rice or as in a bowl with bread and butter.
This is one of those ‘toss stuff together’ one pot meals that can be varied in endless ways. It doesn’t take hours to prepare or cook. If you use vegetables that don’t need a lot of prep it is even quicker. Mix it in with cooked noodles, rice or potatoes and it can be put into a casserole dish and baked.
This recipe will serve 4 to 5 adults.
Stew or Chowder
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
- ½ of a large onion, sliced thin
- ½ to 1 cup of celery, sliced thin
- ½ cup of carrots, cut into ½ inch pieces
- ½ cup of corn, frozen or canned and drained
- Salt and black pepper
- ½ lb. of meat, hamburger or pork, chicken, fish or sausage
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 can of cream of mushroom soup plus ½ can of water
- 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of dry beef bouillon
Heat the oil in a large sauce pan. Prepare the onion, celery and carrots. Add to the pan along with the corn, sprinkle with salt and pepper, stir well and cover the pan. Sauté over medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Push the vegetables to the side of the pan and add the meat and garlic. Cover the pan and continue to cook until the meat has browned then stir the meat and vegetables together. Add 1 cup of water and simmer over medium low heat, covered, for about 15 to 20 minutes. Add the can of soup, the ½ can of water, the bouillon and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and cover. Simmer another 20 minutes or longer. Check it often and stir.
While it simmers you can fix the potatoes, noodles, rice or toast if you want to serve it as a stew.
Any flavor of creamed soup can be used. Use cream of chicken with chicken, turkey or fish. Tomato goes well with pork, sausage or sliced hot dogs.
Instead of soup make a white or cream sauce using 3 tablespoons of butter, 4 tablespoons of flour and 1 cup of water or half water and half milk. Add more water if needed to get the thickness you want.
Any vegetables fresh, canned, frozen or leftover can be added. The amounts are not set in stone. Use what you have in the refrigerator and what your family likes.
Mixed with 8 oz. of cooked noodles or 1 to 1 ½ cups of cooked rice it can be baked in a casserole dish at 350 degree F for about 30 to 40 minutes. A topping of buttered crumbs, crushed cereal or crackers, or cheese can be added.