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Beef Stew Casserole

I was surfing the web under the guise of research yesterday when I discovered a humorous post titled Why I Love this Man. The author, Karen Hawkins, wanted to make her grandmother’s soup but didn’t have all of the ingredients so she made some substitutions. The quinoa she used in place of the pasta soaked up all of the liquids and the result was a “dry soup”. And my first thought was, I do that on purpose and call the results a casserole.

It is disappointing when something you make doesn’t turn out as you hoped. When one of my experiment doesn’t turn out, I bring it to the table and say, “It’s not much, but it’s hot”. Although this casserole could technically be called a “dry soup”, it is more than just a hot meal. It is hearty, comfort food!

Why do I turn soups into casseroles? Because casseroles are less messy than soups. My 4 year old is the reigning world champion mess maker so I look for ways to reduce messes whereever I can. The Chicken Noodle Casserole was created after the mole trap incident. The Minestrone Casserole was created after googly eyes were glued on the baby grand. Ironically, the messes have become even worse since he has become interested in cleaning. Today he took a bar of lavendar soap and “cleaned” every square inch of the bathroom mirror with it. He was very proud of his hard work, almost as proud as when he labeled the evacuation plan for every room in the house with markers on the walls.

Stew meat is usually sold already cut in rather large pieces. I use kitchen shears to cut each piece up into much smaller pieces. This allows me to use less meat, but still have it evenly distributed throughout the dish. Another way to save money on this dish is to use homemade beef stock or homemade beef broth.

Beef Stew Casserole
Recipe type: Main
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
  • ½ pound stew meat
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup diced bell pepper
  • ½ pound carrots, thinly sliced
  • ½ pound potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 - 15 oz. can of corn, drained
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 4 cups beef broth (How to make beef broth in a slow cooker)
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add stew meat, onion, garlic, celery, and bell pepper to a large, oven-safe pot. Cook over a medium-high flame until the meat is browned.
  3. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook over a medium flame for 5 minutes.
  4. Add peas, corn, noodles, broth and spices. Stir to coat noodles. Place lid on pot and place in oven for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes.


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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I always enjoy reading about Andrew’s adventures – I’m just very grateful I don’t have to clean up after him! Your beef stew casserole looks and sounds delicious, and I like your frugal tip about cutting the meat in smaller pieces for more even flavour distribution and frugality.

  2. Dry soup = casserole. I love it! Brilliant reframe. And the soap story is just precious.

  3. I love beef stew and casserole. This is genius.

  4. My toddler likes to clean messes now too. She spills something (intentionally, I’m sure) and says, “Oopsie Daisies” and then grabs the nearest item to clean it up with (shirts, blankets, etc.). Fun times. haha! :)

    Anyway, this is a great idea… turning a soup into a casserole. I would like to try this with my Moroccan soup and see if it works.

  5. Alea, this stew casserole looks fantastic!!! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck.

  6. This reminds me of the beef stew my Great Aunt makes, except hers always has alphabet noodles. I search high and low to find those and never seem to be able to. Glad to find a recipe with measurements since she can never see to give me any (little bit of this until it looks like that). Thanks for sharing at Delicious Dish Tuesday.

  7. YUM! I’m with you on the soup to casserole thing. Never thought of doing that, what a great idea! My kids can’t make it through a meal without spilling, and soup doesn’t make the dinner list much for that reason. This looks SO good! Thanks so much for sharing for Delicious Dish Tuesday!

  8. For the Beef Stew Casserole, are you putting uncooked noodles in the oven or have they been cooked first?

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