Fake Supermom Recipe #1: Fall Stew

Hi everyone!

Are you looking for easy Fall recipes that will warm your whole family this season? Then look no further! This recipe is the first in my Fake Supermom series, where I’ll be giving you all my little food secrets. Dishes that look and taste great and fancy, but are a surprisingly a breeze to make! It’s for those of us who TRY to do what Martha does, but never, ever could…

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So it’s already fall and winter will be upon us really soon, so I’m looking for tasty, nutritious and easy comfort food for the whole family. Also, for me, getting a few meals out of one dish is totally key. And since I’ve realized I am NOT my mother and can’t seem to get home-cooked meals on the table with ease every night, I like to prep in advance and avoid the skillet which requires constant supervision! I like food I can neglect!

So, here is a classic winner of a recipe for those brisk days or for when you are harried and need to throw something together, and then walk away. THE STEW. That’s right, the stew. Now it might sound intimidating BUT it is the EASIEST recipe you will ever make, and yummy too! I just know your whole family will be begging for second helpings! For you crock pot lovers this is your dream come true, but honestly any 6 quart pot will do just fine. I make this sometimes on a Sunday and we have it for Sunday dinner and then use the leftovers for weeknight meals, a mom’s best friend. You can also toss over rice or pasta for the kiddies — they’ll LOVE it!

Recipe for delicious beef stew. Fake Supermom Fall Stew Recipe:

• 2 lbs. cubed beef or lamb
• 4 stalks of celery
• 4 large carrots
• 1 large red or yellow onion
• Few cloves garlic
• 3/4 can tomato paste
• 1 cup red wine
• 4 large Idaho potatoes
• 1 1/2 cup peas

1) Brown 2 pounds of cubed beef (chuck for stew is fine) or cubed lamb in a skillet over medium heat.

2) Meanwhile in a large 6 quart pot add same amounts of each of chopped celery, carrots and onions. (I use 4 sticks each of the carrots and celery and a large red or yellow onion and usually add a couple of chopped garlic cloves.)

Cook all of these until the onions, celery and carrots sweat a bit, about 5 to 7 minutes.

When beef or lamb is browned, add to the large pot with the vegetables and stir.

3) Add 3/4 of tomato paste can dissolved in a small bowl of hot water. Stir well until incorporated.

4) Add a cup of red wine (I know, that’s flavor, right? Any cheap wine will do just fine). Bring to boil for about 5 minutes.

Fill pot with water just above the food line, and cook at low to medium heat for 2 hours, watching and stirring only occasionally!

5) After 2 hours, skin and chop 3 to 4 large Idaho potatoes and dump them in the pot. Cook for one hour more turning up the heat to medium high. (You may need to add a little more water to the pot at this point).

6) OPTIONAL: at the very end you can throw in 1 cup and 1/2 of peas and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes more.

Voila! Use salt and pepper to taste and your stew is ready! For the kiddies, I keep the salt in check. The meat will pull apart just beautifully. Incredibly delicious! If you’re feeling festive, serve with a nice bottle of Cabernet for the adults and a gorgeous loaf of French bread for dipping, and you’re all set.

Did you try my recipe? What did you think? Any Fall soup recipes you would like to share? Comment below!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for more! xo

  • Pam Bybee

    Beef Stew, Chili……Soups gotta love them <3

  • Laura C.

    I love chilis and soups but Rachael Ray has a recipe for Turkey Corn Chili that is awesome. The idea is to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving but my husband likes to smokey turkey breast and I make this often with the leftovers!

  • Cristal Rodriguez

    My favorite fall foods are homemade beef stew and homemade chicken noodle soup. Also, just bake me up an acorn squash, and I’m good to go for dinner!

  • Crystal

    Pumpkin seeds, roasted marshmallows and my comfort drink for sure.. hard cider!! 🙂

  • Kim

    When the air starts getting cool, I love to make a big pot of chili! OH not to mention anything and everything with pumpkin in it!

  • Amanda

    Yay for cold weather!! Would love to try this recipe out

  • Amanda

    Chicken tortilla soup!


  • deb m

    apple pie!

  • Danyelle

    I love chicken and dumplings

  • LoriS

    Pumpkin!!! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, etc. I could eat pumpkin desserts year-round, but when the leaves start changing, those pumpkin cravings really spike. 🙂 Fall is also the time I go back home to my favorite apple orchard and stock up on cider to freeze for the coming months. The store-bought kind just isn’t the same as the cider I grew up with.

  • janice brockett

    When the weather has that nip in the air, I make my favorite comfort food.
    chicken and dumplings.
    there is something about rolling out my dough and dropping the cut pieces into that savory chicken and broth that, well, comforts me.

  • I love Chili in the Fall…With meat and beans…Add cheese and sour cream…Yummy..Eating a big bowl of chili always makes me feel great!

  • Diana Vuong

    Mine would be chicken and vegetable noodle soup, ginger chicken, ginger cookies and ginger candies.

  • Kim H

    I love eating a bit of warm chili on cold days!

  • Amanda Carney

    Chili with cornbread is always a hit in my house! A weekly dish that never gets old!!! (:

  • Kathryn Good

    Hi Melissa,
    This stew sounds great and reminds me of when I was a kid.
    For fall, I love soups: split pea and pumpkin. They are so easy and so delicious. I make mine vegetarian, but basic veggie, water and salt recipes can be made into anyon’s signature dish by adding grilled meat, leeks, spice…whatever you like.

  • Gayle Iacofano

    This sounds so good! I love to make chicken and noodles when it starts getting cold out.

  • Donna

    This recipe sounds good but I don’t eat meat and still love to cook. I take any vegetables I have and put them in my slow cooker. They smell great and are great tasting too. My favorites are potatoes, turnips, carrots, green beans, onions, & I like to add some kind of green when it is close to done like kale, leeks or bok choy.

    • Thanks so much to everyone who commented with all of their yummy ideas for fall foods! They got my mouth watering! We’ll be doing another Love with Food contest next Friday, so stay tuned, and thank you so much for commenting on CloudMom!!! Now, gotta grab some dinner! xo M

  • Lori Williams

    I love a Hearty Cabbage Soup or a homemade Tomato Soup and grilled cheese!!

  • kim

    Anything pumpkin, apple, or cinammon. Winter squashes. Red wine!