Lazy Day Alphabet Beef Stew

December 4th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

With cold weather season, soup is a comfort food. Unfortunately, most of the canned soups are loaded with sodium. Here is a great “kid friendly” soup recipe from Rita Frickel, M.S., R.D.,  L.M.N.T., Clinical Dietitian at CHI Health Clinic. This recipe is sure to please the palate for your family and it is much healthier than the canned versions. An added benefit is that this recipe is so simple with everything ready to “dump” and go into your Crockpot, with very little time required.

(Serves 6-8)Beefsm
2 pounds of beef stew meat cut into ¾ inch cubes
2 cans (14 oz each) beef broth (reduced sodium)
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 ½ oz) “no salt added” diced tomatoes
1 cup water
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
2 cups (1 package) frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup uncooked “Alphabet” noodles (or may use any other small pasta)



  • Combine beef, broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, water, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker (Crockpot).  Stir to mix well.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or on LOW for 8 hours.  (No stirring needed).Stir in the mixed vegetables and pasta.
  • Continue cooking, covered, 1 hour more or until pasta is tender.


Nutrition analysis per serving:  (per 1½ cups)
Calories:  250
Fat:  7 g
Saturated fat:  32 g
Carbohydrate:  17 g
Fiber:  3 g
Protein:  28 g
Sodium: 520 mg

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