Prep time is about 30-45 mins and cook time can be done in your slow cooker while you are at work. I made mine on my day off so I could test out the time limits and found that 4 1/2 hours on high will fully cook your stew or 7 1/2 - 8 hours on low.
This would be plenty of soup for a family of 4-5 OR in our case, dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow! WINNING!!
Lastly, ingredients for this soup are relatively cost effective and I do suggest checking your local farmers market first! The total cost for this soup was $17($3.50 a serving) and I still have carrots and celery left for snacking!
Cozy up and ENJOY!
2 lbs of stew meat
3 large carrots, cleaned and peeled
2 celery stalks, cleaned and chopped
3 large russet potatoes, cleaned/peeled/cubed
4 cups of beef broth
1 cup diced onion
5 gloves of garlic
1 cup dry red table wine
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
Pepper to taste
Turn crock pot on to desired temp for cook time.
Season stew meat with salt and pepper. Brown meat in a pan with olive oil. Once all meat has been browned, throw into crock pot.
Prep carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic and celery. Add to crock pot with the meat, beef broth, seasonings and remaining ingredients.
Cover with lid and let cook. Times do vary depending upon desired meal time.
7 1/2-8 hours on low
4 1/2-5 hours on high
**If you are going to cook this while you are at work, the low setting will work perfectly for most jobs. OR you can always use your lunch hour to run home and start the soup on high!**