Beef stew recipes often call for oodles of chopping and stirring, but this oven stew practically prepares and cooks itself. Frozen veggies and the oven-baking method make this simple stew recipe possible.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Place meat in a 4-quart Dutch oven. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir in stew vegetables and mushrooms. In a medium bowl combine cream of celery soup, beefy mushroom or cream of mushroom soup, the water, and, if desired, sherry; pour over stew. Stir to combine.
Cover and bake in preheated oven for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir. Cut up any large vegetable chunks before serving. Makes 6 servings.