Tasty Thursdays – Beef Stew – Easy Peasy – Cooking with Kids to Grandma Music -FUN & YUM!

I made this beef stew with my grandson Jack  ( here seen climbing a tree)  in about 5 minutes. He is not crazy about the squishy feel of raw meat, chicken or fish, but was more than happy to add the other ingredients – so easy – and also give it all a jolly good stir. Of course we always have grandma music playing – this time it was the Tickle Me Sample which always brings  a giggle!

Here it is!

Beef Stew with Wine and Mushrooms


2 pounds of lean beef (chuck is good – trim off the fat and sinew)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

One onion chopped

3 cups of red wine ( older wine that you may have opened and not drank, or cooking wine) I used a merlot that had been open for about a week or so and was in my fridge kept fo this very purpose!

I cup of reconstituted porcini mushrooms (if using the dried ones) or fresh mushrooms cleaned and sliced thickly

I packet of dried onion soup mix

I can of cream of mushroom soup


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan and place the onion pieces in in and fry until translucent and light in color. Remove and put into the slow cooker.
  • Then add the chunks of meat to the pan, but don’t let the pieces touch each other – they cook better that way – and don’t over pack the pan either – do it in batches.
  • When the meat pieces are lightly browned on each side- remove from pan and place in the slow cooker until all batches are done.
  • Open the can of mushroom soup and add to the cooker. My grandson did the adding here and the stirring.
  • Open the packet of onion soup and add to the cooker. My grandson did the adding here too and the stirring.
  • Add the mushrooms and their water if you reconstituted them (or ad a cup of water if fresh mushrooms) to the slow cooker  – again my grandson did this and gave it all a great big stir! Bits do fall out – but who cares!
  • Add a 1/2 cup of water to the hot pan and scrape all the bits and pieces off it – and pour that into the slow cooker too.
  • Add the wine and stir ( good for cooking with kids!)
  • Cook on low for 8 hours ( or high for 3-4) and check to see that the meat is to your liking. I found that 3 hours on high and a few hours on low did it for me.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes or rice. YUM!




About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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One Response to Tasty Thursdays – Beef Stew – Easy Peasy – Cooking with Kids to Grandma Music -FUN & YUM!

  1. Kara says:

    This recipe looks so simple and delicious. Have you ever tried grass fed beef? It is much healthier for you and your grandson. I switched about a year ago now and I am so happy I did. You can use the grass fed meat to make your beef stew or you can check out La Cense Beef for some wonderful grass fed beef recipes. I use them all of the time and I am always completely satisfied. They even give you tips on how to cook the meat if you need it.

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