Classic Beef Stew

Serves 8


2&1/2 pounds very lean
beef stew meat
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups chopped onions
1/2 cup sliced celery
5 large potatoes, cut in eighths
5 large carrots, cut in 2-inch slices
salt and pepper to taste
a few cloves of garlic (optional)
can condensed tomato soup


- In a large pot, brown stew meat in oil, add chopped onions and sliced celery and cook until tender.

- Add vegetables and seasonings.

- Add soup and a soup can of water.

- Simmer over lowest heat for about 2&1/2 to 3 hours, or until meat and vegetables are tender.

- Add more water as needed.

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