Grandma’s Autumn Stew

Wednesday January 27, 2010


Lately, it seems, whenever and whatever I make for dinner gets panned by my kids.   It can be disheartening to work on a meal only to have it snubbed by the 6 and under crowd.   So, when last night’s dinner got rave reviews, I thought it was blog-worthy.

This  soup recipe is originally from Mike’s mom.  It doesn’t look like anything special (no fancy ingredients), but it sure was tasty. A bonus for me was I had nearly everything already in my pantry.

Updated 9/16/12 with a few Paleo substitutions/notes.

Grandma’s Autumn Stew

(slightly adapted)


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups celery, sliced
  • 2 cups potatoes, pared and cubed OR parsnips OR turnips, sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-3 garlic cloves, mashed or minced
  • 1/8 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp Kitchen Bouquet, Worcestershire, or Barbecue sauce (optional, omit to keep Paleo)
  • 1 large (28oz) can tomatoes — whole, diced, or crushed, or even sauce (if using whole, puree in a blender)


In a large sauce pan, cook and stir meat until brown. Drain off fat. Cook and stir onion with meat until onion is tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat and cover, simmering til vegetables are tender and for as long after as you want — typically ~30 minutes for me.

Makes 3-4 quarts.

Making a dinner the kids don’t turn their noses up works for me!

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7 Responses to Grandma’s Autumn Stew

  1. 1
    Tracey says:

    This sounds delicious! We love soup, especially at this time of year.

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    Gail says:

    Sounds yummy. I remember what it was like to try and find food that both adults and kids enjoyed. Cookbooks are filled with – g&g liked, j&s not so much!

  3. 3
    Melissa says:

    Sounds yummy! I love finding meals the WHOLE family will eat!

  4. 4
    Karen Dunham says:

    This was my fav. soup as a kid – I need to make it soon. Karen

  5. 5
    Renee says:

    Everyone ate it my house tonight! Even the kids added Frank’s hot sauce to it. :).

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    Christa says:

    We love this soup! Thank you for a recipe that is easy and delicious, not to mention budget friendly. It reminds me of something my great grandmother would make but I never learned her recipe. I appreciate you sharing your family’s recipe.

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