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 Today I'm going to be showing you how to make beef stew in the crock pot. This is a very easy recipe anyone can make. It's perfect for weekdays when you don't have a lot of time to spend cooking. Just add the ingredients to the crock pot,  cook on low 8-12 hours, then enjoy. 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients you will need

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 This is a very simple, cheap recipe to make. You will need....

• 2 pounds cubed stew beef
• 1/4 cup red or white wine (I feel that red tastes and looks better in this stew)
• 1 can cream of mushroom soup
• 1 can mushroom stems and pieces
• 1 envelope Lipton soup mix
• 1 package of egg noodles (optional) 

Step 2: Add Lipton Soup Mix to Crock Pot

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 Now add all the ingredients (except egg noodles) to crock pot. I started by adding the Lipton Soup Mix

Step 3: Add Red Wine

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Next I like to add the red wine. I do it this way so my soup mix and wine can blend together easier. This way the soup mix doesn't clump up together. 

Step 4: Add Mushroom Stems and Pieces

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 Next step is to add the can of mushrooms stems and pieces.

Step 5: Add Cream of Mushroom Soup

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 Next use a spatula to get all of the Cream of Mushroom Soup out of the can and into the crock pot.

Step 6: Add Cubed Stew Beef

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Now add  two pounds of cubed stew beef to the mixture. I add the beef last because it is bulky and it's so much easier to mix everything together before it's added. 

Step 7: Cook on Low 8-12 Hours

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 Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours. 

Step 8: *Optional, Boil Water for Noodles

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 This step isn't necessary, but it really does enhance the stew. Boil water in deep sided pan. Cook noodles in boiling water 7-10 minutes or until tender. 

Step 9: Time to Eat!

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Strain noodles and spoon stew over the top. I like to garnish stew with fresh herbs, this picture has some thyme sprinkled on top. It's winter right now otherwise I would use fresh rosemary from my garden. Hope you enjoy my easy Beef Stew recipe.