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Economical main dish #3

I have to admit that I love potatoes. We don't eat them as frequently as we used to, but I really do enjoy them. They are especially tasty in this dish.
This recipe is sort of a compilation of several that I have tried over the years. You can vary the meal by using what you have available.

Ground Beef Stew

*1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 stalk celery, sliced (optional)
4 medium red potatoes cut in half and then sliced
2-3 carrots, sliced
**1 can tomato soup
1-2 cups water (you can adjust the amount to make your desired consistency)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 heaping cup frozen peas

In a large skillet cook ground beef, celery, and onion until beef is no longer pink. Drain off grease. Add the tomato soup and water and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook until tender. Season with the thyme, salt, and pepper. Add the frozen peas and continue cooking just until they are heated through. Add fruit or salad and bread and you have an easy meal to put on the table.

*I like to buy large packages of ground beef and cook the meat with some onions, drain, package and freeze. This makes meals like this go together in a flash.

**If you don't have tomato soup you can use 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and a bit more water.

**If you don't care for tomatoes you can just use 2-3 cups of water or beef broth. This will still be very good in MHO. 🙂