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Thermos Bottle Stew Recipe

Thermos Bottle Stew

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"My grandmother used to make this for my grandfathers lunch when he worked outside for the railroad. She put it in his thermos, and always called it thermos bottle stew. This soup warms you from the inside out."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings


  1. Using a large stock pot, brown your meat (breaking into small pieces as it cooks). Once meat is browned, add onions and celery, sauteing until soft.
  2. Add frozen vegetables, tomato soup, basil, parsley, oregano, bay leaves, salt and pepper, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and water. Simmer for one hour and then serve. Remove bay leaves before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 18, 2003

We love this recipe. It is very easy to make and tastes very good on a cold winter evening. Plus it makes a very big pot, so there is plenty left over for lunch.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 18, 2008

I would not make it again. my husband actually liked it, but i thought it was very bland and i did not like the herbs in it. sorry.


17 Ratings

Feb 26, 2008

I thought this recipe needed some more spice, but I used no salt tomato sauce and no salt diced tomatos so that was probably my fault. So I added a pack of Lipton's onion soup mix (so no longer low sodium at all!!) but ummm...sooooo good. I think I am addicted!

Feb 17, 2008

Just made this stew this afternoon, and it turned out GREAT!! I added a bit more tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Very flavorful, filling and healthy (used ground turkey instead of beef). Thanks for the recipe!

Feb 04, 2008

This is a classic vegetable beef style soup. It is easy to make and the ingredients are inexpensive. The stew filled my 8qt Dutch oven. Everyone was well-fed, lunches were made for the next day, and I put some in the freezer for a rainy day. Excellent recipe!

Mar 11, 2009

The family loved it. It was really simple to make, as it doesn't take long and only needs to simmer. I hardly ever measure ingredients but I'm sure I did not add all the recommended water... maybe a little more than half. And a soup like this I always throw in a handful of cheddar cheese to give it a creamy taste. I also added some organic shell pasta to really fill everyone up!

Jan 23, 2008

This was such a filling and hearty dish. My family loved it. I did add one can of kidney beans and elbow macaroni(for my kids!). I will for sure make this again on a cold snowy afternoon!

Apr 03, 2007

I had the pleasure of sending the picture when I made this the other day. What a great recipe. I cut the whole recipe in half and it turned out just fine. I cooked longer that it suggested. Simmered it for about 2 hours. Thought the name of the stew was unique. MY husband and I really liked it. Would be very good on a cold night for supper.


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  • Calories
  • 479 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.9 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 85 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 25.4 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 9.2 g
  • 37%
  • Protein
  • 28.2 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 737 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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