Soups and Stews

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 15 oz. can chili beans with sauce
  • 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. Williams chili seasoning
  • 6 oz. can tomato juice (Can use 2 cans)
  • 15 oz. can beef broth, as needed

In a large pot, cook crumbled ground beef with onion and garlic until beef is no longer pink.  Remove from heat and discard fat liquids.  Add chili beans, diced tomatoes with juices, tomato sauce, chili seasoning, and tomato juice.  Stir to combine.  Return to simmer and cook down so flavors meld.  Add beef broth as needed for desired consistency.  Recipe can be doubled or tripled!  Enjoy as is or serve with your favorite toppings.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod F-7U Cutlass

Serves 4

  • 12 oz. Italian sausage links, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1 med. onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato puree
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 – 1 bell pepper, diced, to taste
  • 1 cup zucchini, cut into 1/2″ half moons
  • 8 oz. small mushrooms, cut in half
  • 3/4 tsp. Italian mixed herbs
  • 6 oz. pasta, cooked separately (bowtie, fusili, or elbow)

In a large saucepan, brown sausage with onion. Add garlic and cook 1 more min. Add tomato puree, beef broth and red wine. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer 45 min. Add pepper, zucchini, mushrooms and herbs. Simmer 15 min. Just before serving add pasta and heat through. Serve with Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top, green salad, and crusty French bread.

Chef’s Tip: Save the pasta water and use it to thin out the stew as needed without diluting the flavor.

Recipe by Chef Michelle Myers, Professional Culinary Institute, PCIchef.com

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon