Sometimes I just want to curl up with a bowl of rice. It’s very comforting, kinda like a bowl of mashed potatoes or a hamburger. Plain rice can be a little boring so I like to add a little heat and veggies. This is a great side to roasted chicken or if you don’t need meat, then it could be a meal in itself.
You can use stew meat instead of chuck roast but keep in mind that the meat may be a bit tougher. Stew meat is meant to be cooked for a long time and this recipe just wont give you enough time for the meat to tenderize. I would also recommend making your own stock. Throwing some stuff in the slow cooker for a few hours takes very little effort but you end up with a very flavorful base for this soup. It’s so much meatier than anything you can buy in the stores. It doesn’t have any chemicals and zero salt, which is much better for you. I have a whole bunch of family coming in for the holidays and I’m thinking of doubling the recipe and serving this up for dinner. It’s so hearty that it’s a one-pot meal. I think it will be a crowd pleaser.