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Budget-Friendly, Hearty Beef Stew

Updated on June 19, 2013

I am one of those people who will serve salad, and stew, all year round, regardless of the weather outside! This is a healthy, inexpensive dish that everyone will enjoy, it freezes well, and makes for great leftovers. As another dish option, any leftovers can be thickened with cornflour/corn starch, and added to a pie shell to make a delicious pot pie.
The total cost of this meal, including the bread, would be approximately $10.00 to serve 6 or more people!



  • 1 Medium-Large Onion, Chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 Medium Rutabaga (Swede), Chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 5 Sticks of Celery, Chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 4 Large Carrots, Chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup Quaker Pearl Barley
  • 2 tablespoons Minced garlic (or 3 cloves finely chopped)
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons Knor Beef Bouillon, Use 1 or 2 tbsp depending on taste
  • 1 lb Extra Lean Stewing Beef/cubed beef
  • 4 Medium-sized Potatoes

How to and cook.

  1. In a large saucepan (at least 2 quart), add all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the potatoes.
  2. Fill saucepan with water, just enough to cover the ingredients.
  3. Heat slowly until bubbling, and then lower heat to maintain a slow simmer. Simmer for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. While stew is simmering, chop some potatoes into bite-size pieces, and boil until just cooked. Drain, and then set aside to add to the stew just before serving.
  5. When stew is cooked, add the boiled potatoes. If you add them too early, they will become mush, so to retain their firmness and shape, add right at the end of cooking.
  6. Serve stew in a bowl, with crusty, buttered French bread on the side.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
Yields: Serves 6+ people depending on serving size.
5 stars from 1 rating of Budget-friendly Beff Stew


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      BritInTexas 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Thanks so much, Christy! Another good thing about this recipe is that, if someone doesn't like beef, it can be substituted with chicken (and chicken bouillon!). The pot pie from leftovers is delicious too. And for a British flavour - get hold of some 'Bisto' brown gravy granules (red tub, available anywhere they sell British foods), and use about 2 heaped tablespoons instead of the bouillon. Om nom nom!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I vote up and interesting. Growing up my mom made beef stew as it is a healthy meal that is also good on the wallet!