Soups, Stews and Casseroles – Simple Winter Recipes

Soups, stews and casseroles say winter to me – warm, yummy comfort food. What food says winter to you?

Try one of these Simple Winter Recipes on a cold winter day.

Novotny’s Taco Soup

1 lb ground beef
1 medium sized onion
2 cans whole kernel corn (drained)
2 cans Stewed tomatoes
2 cans red kidney beans
1 pkg taco seasoning
6 to 8 cups of water ( add more if needed)

Cook ground beef and drain. Add all of the ingredients and let simmer for 20 minutes or place in crock pot on low for 4 to 6 hours.Top with grated cheese and Frito corn chips. Sour cream and salsa make a great topper as well.

Baked Potato Casserole – from Nestle

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 This casserole is the perfect comfort food on a cold winter day to warm up the whole family. Creamy potatoes, cheddar cheese and turkey bacon blended together and baked to perfection, this side dish is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Estimated Times
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 45 mins

Servings: 16


8 medium potatoes (about 2 1/2 to 3 lb. total), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded 2% cheddar cheese, divided
6 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
Sliced green onions (optional)

directions PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 2 1/2- to 3-quart casserole dish.

RETURN potatoes to saucepan; add evaporated milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat with hand-held mixer until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and half of bacon. Spoon mixture into prepared casserole dish.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, remaining bacon and green onions. Bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

• This casserole can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated. Cover with foil and bake at 350° F for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated. Uncover; top with cheese, bacon and green onions; bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Busy Day Beef Stew
from: Taste Of Home

  • 8-10 Servings
  • Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 hours


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (1 to 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons browning sauce, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 6 to 8 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, optional
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cold water


  • Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with soup mix, browning sauce if desired, salt and pepper. Pour water over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Remove roast to a cutting board; let stand for 5 minutes. Add vegetables to slow cooker. Cube beef and return to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 1-1/2 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8-10 servings.
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