I made 3 of Martha Stewart’s slow-cooker soups and stews, and the easy recipes were solid enough for a cool winter day

I made 3 of Martha Stewart’s slow-cooker soups and stews, and the easy recipes were solid enough for a cool winter day

I’ve tried some of Martha Stewart’s slow cooker recipes in the past, but never any of her soups or stews.

Martha Stewart drinks from a white bowl

Martha Stewart.Robin Marchant / Getty Images for NYCWFF

Soups and stews are among some of the easiest recipes to make in a slow cooker. They are also great for cooking as they can be easily frozen and eaten all week.

I decided to try some of Martha Stewart’s slow-cooker soups and stews to see how they would turn out. I discovered that even though each recipe was very different, they were all good recipes for the colder months.

The first recipe I made was the chef’s white bean soup, which required a little extra preparation.

white beans in a sieve in the sink

They dried the Great Northern beans in a sieve.Erin McDowell / Insider

When I originally read the recipe, I saw that the dried beans needed to be rinsed. However, I did not read further enough to find out that I actually had to soak the beans overnight and cook them to make them ready for the slow cooker.

I very much prefer slow-cooker recipes where I can just throw the ingredients in and start cooking. About nine hours later, I was finally able to start making the soup.

This is the only vegetarian soup recipe I tried. It contains tasty ingredients like butternut squash, leeks and spinach.

ingredients for white bean soup in a slow cooker

The ingredients for the white bean soup in the slow cooker.Erin McDowell / Insider

In addition to beans, butternut squash, leeks and spinach, you also need garlic, sage, parmesan cheese, olive oil and spices.

The first step is to add beans, olive oil, leeks, garlic, pepper flakes, squash, sage and the crust of the parmesan cheese in the slow cooker and top with eight cups of water.

After cooking the soup for six hours at low temperature, I removed the sage and rind from the slow cooker.

ingredients for white bean soup in a slow cooker

The ingredients for the white bean soup in the slow cooker.Erin McDowell / Insider

I realized after cooking it that I had added the spinach too soon. However, I certainly did not think it affected the outcome. The spinach still had a bite to it and melted perfectly with the soup.

The wonderful thing about easy recipes is that even if some mistakes affect the final dish, you will probably still end up with something delicious.

I thought the soup was a really easy winter dinner.

a white bowl of white bean soup with a silver spoonful of soup in the foreground

The finished white bean soup.Erin McDowell / Insider

The butternut squash was tender, while the beans added a lot of flavor and texture. I also thought the meal was really family friendly. Although it has a lot of flavor, it was not overly spicy or sophisticated in the sense that it would turn off picky eaters or children.

The best thing about the soup was being able to pack my leftovers together so they could stand in the fridge for lunch the next day.

white bean soup in a tupperware container with purple lid

The white bean soup in a closed container.Erin McDowell / Insider

The soup warmed lightly on the stove and was just as good the next day.

If you want to try it yourself, you can find the recipe in “Martha Stewarts Slow Cooker” and online here.

The next dish I made was, in my opinion, the epitome of a cozy dinner.

beef chuck tossed with flour in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon

The beef chuck cubes in slow cooker tossed with flour.Erin McDowell / Insider

To make Martha Stewart’s solid beef stew, which can be made either on the stove or in a slow cooker, you only need a few basic ingredients.

The recipe calls for beef, cut into 1-inch pieces, universal flour to toss the beef in, baby potatoes, two cans of chopped tomatoes with green chili, frozen peas and carrots and spices.

The first step to making the stew is to toss your beef in the slow cooker and add the flour. For added convenience, many grocery stores sell beef that has already been trimmed and cut into cubes for stews. That was what I went with and it turned out great.

This is truly a set-and-forget-it-slow-cooker meal.

martha stewart recipe for beef stew in a silver pan

The ingredients for the beef stew in the slow cooker.Erin McDowell / Insider

Aside from halving the potatoes and thawing the frozen peas and carrots, just add everything to the slow cooker and let it be. The pot is cooked for five hours at high temperature, so be sure to set a timer if your slow cooker turns off at the six hour mark, as mine does.

As dinner rolled around, I had a heavenly fragrant kitchen and a casserole with solid casserole waiting for me.

martha stewart beef stew in a black slow cooker pot

The finished beef stew in the slow cooker.Erin McDowell / Insider

Not only was this dish relatively inexpensive to make – I only spent about $ 20 on all the ingredients I did not already have in my pantry – but it was the perfect winter meal.

The meat was super tender while the potatoes made the dish more filling. I ended up saving the leftovers for another day.

martha stewart beef stew with bread in a bowl

The finished beef stew in a bowl.Erin McDowell / Insider

I also enjoyed the little kick and taste of tomatoes and green chili. The cooking liquid itself had a wealth of meaty, spicy taste and it was a perfect consistency.

Not only was this dish easy and cheap to make, but it was also something I could copy without even looking at the recipe for more than a few seconds.

martha stewart beef stew with bread in a bowl and spoonful of beef stew in the foreground

The finished beef stew.Erin McDowell / Insider

All in all, I would definitely make this easy stew again.

You can find the recipe in “Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker” and online here.

I tried a similar, but still a little different, slow-cooker stew.

carrots onions and celery in a frying pan

Carrots, onions and celery in a frying pan.Erin McDowell / Insider

Martha Stewart’s recipe for beef and tomato stew required a little more preparation than the previous beef stew. I started by chopping some carrots, a whole yellow onion and celery.

The recipe also requires 2 pounds of diced meat cooked, which is a little more than the last recipe, and crushed garlic.

stewed beef in plastic packaging on a wooden table

Casserole beef.Erin McDowell / Insider

The recipe also used crushed tomatoes and chicken broth.

I cooked onions, carrots and celery in a large frying pan with olive oil for about 10 minutes until slightly softened.

carrots onions and celery in a frying pan

Carrots, onions and celery in a frying pan.Erin McDowell / Insider

While the vegetables were cooking, I added everything else to the slow cooker to get a head start.

I added my tomatoes, garlic, meat and the necessary spices and set my slow cooker on high.

diced beef, chopped tomatoes and garlic in a black slow cooker

Beef, garlic and crushed tomatoes in the slow cooker.Erin McDowell / Insider

This recipe takes six hours to finish cooking, so it takes a bit of preparation to get the timing just in time for dinner.

I could already see that this was going to be a hearty, delicious meal.

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The beef stew after mixing the ingredients together.Erin McDowell / Insider

After the vegetables were done, I mixed it all together in the slow cooker.

After the six hours had passed, the stew was ready to serve.

the finished beef stew in a black crock pot

The finished beef stew.Erin McDowell / Insider

The beef stew was piping hot and filled my entire kitchen with the delicious aroma of onions, beef and tomatoes.

The stew was super tasty and solid, without feeling too heavy.

author holding a bowl of beef stew

The finished beef stew.Erin McDowell / Insider

The extra beef, crushed garlic and vegetables added a wealth of flavor to the stew. I much preferred the fresh, hand-cut carrots and celery over the previous recipe’s frozen carrots and peas.

Stewart recommends serving it either alone or with brown rice, parsley and a bit of fat-free Greek yogurt.

beef stew with Greek yogurt

Beef stew with Greek yogurt.Erin McDowell / Insider

I really enjoyed the casserole both ways, but a spoonful of Greek yogurt added a nice element of acidity and cream to the casserole.

After eating a serving, I was able to fill two whole containers with the leftovers.

the beef stew in closed containers

Remains of the beef stew in containers.Erin McDowell / Insider

I decided to freeze one and store the other in the fridge for lunch over the next two days. I was impressed that in one day I could potentially make meals the rest of the week.

You can find the recipe here.

In fact, everyone made the recipes a lot of food. In addition, they were delicious, easy to make and solid enough for a winter day below freezing.

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