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How to make Poor Man's Stew
Poor Man's Stew
The inspiration - Fezzik of Princess Bride
Princess Bride is my daughter's favorite childhood movie.
There is a scene in the movie where Fezzik revived Inigo Montoya when he was drunk, feeding him a version of this simple soup or stew.
Well, one day I was trying to decide what to cook for dinner. I had not gone grocery shopping, and did not have much. I had ground beef and some fresh veggies, as well as some pantry items. I prefer to use fresh when available, but these pantry items came in handy.
In the movie, we really only get a glimpse of the potatoes and carrots, but the broth is dark in color. I'm guessing it's beef. I used ground beef, because that is what I had. I use a lot of herbs and spices when I am cooking, but especially if I have to use anything canned. The herbs such as cilantro, thyme and parsley are great to use when using canned foods, due to their detox properties.
The stew turned out a lot better than I had expected. My kids loved it, but hated the name, "Poor Man's Stew."
When you're on a limited budget, you know it doesn’t hurt to stretch the dollar. When it comes in the form of a hearty, good for you soup, all the better.
I don’t make this meal often, but I love how easily I can pull a meal together with ingredients I have on hand. If you don’t have one of the ingredients listed below, don’t be afraid to try something else. After all, that is what I did. It's how you make the recipe your own. To quote Emeril, "Kick it up a notch."
Not only is Poor Man Soup cheap, it is very easy to make and really hits the spot. I recommend serving this stew with corn bread. Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 pounds Beef, Ground
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp thyme
- 2 tsp garlic
- 3 carrots chopped, or 1 can chopped carrots
- 1 tsp oregano
- 3 large potatoes, cubed
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 4-5 cups vegetable or beef broth
- 2 tbsp flour + 2 tbsp water
- 16 oz can tomatoes, chopped and stewed
- 1/2 tsp parsley, chopped or dried
- 1/2 tsp cilantro, chopped or dried
- 16 oz bottle your favorite, spaghetti sauce
- 1/4 tsp cumin, powder or seed
- 1 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
- 1 can or 2 cups corn, canned or fresh
- 1 can or 2 cups green beans, canned or fresh
- In a large pan (or pot) over medium heat, melt the coconut butter & cook the ground beef until brown.
- Add the black pepper, thyme, garlic, oregano, onion, parsley, cilantro, cumin and salt. I personally like to add these into the meat as it is browning, to really infuse the meat with the flavors of the herbs and spices.
- Add in the chopped or stewed tomatoes.
- Add in the vegetables (potatoes, green beans, corn, carrots), which should be in bite-size pieces. Gently stir together.
- Add the spaghetti sauce.
- Add the broth of your choice. Gently stir together and let simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour with 2 Tbsp. of water until the flour is completely dissolved & then stir it into the stew. Cover & simmer on low for another 30 minutes (if you used canned vegetables). If you used all fresh vegetables, then let simmer for an hour.
- Serve with corn bread or your choice of bread for dipping.
Steps 1 and 2
Step 4 contd.
Steps 6 and 7
Did I mention that it’s healthy?
If you want to make this soup even healthier, use lean beef or turkey and keep the salt to a minimum.
You can also prepare this in a slow cooker, but it's so quick and easy, why would you go to all that trouble?
Poor Man's Stew
© 2016 Gina Welds Hulse