Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it’s time to settle in to some tasty comfort food.  How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?

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With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it's time to settle in to some tasty comfort food. How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?The due date is now officially just over 2 weeks away.  Our bags are packed, and we’re about as ready as we can be…well as ready as one can actually be for a first baby.

So I’ve heard that women often have a nesting phase when they’re pregnant…especially if it’s their first pregnancy.  They decide it’s a good time to repaint the house or get new carpet in all of the bedrooms.  I get it.  The baby will consume all of your free time soon, so let’s tackle those projects that are lurking around in the back of your mind.  The good news for me is that we didn’t have any of those projects on the back burner.  Or so I thought.

We’ve done more housework these past several months that we’ve done in the entire time we’ve lived here!  There have been no less than 10 different contractors out here to give us quotes on various projects.  We’ve changed out most of the windows in the house.  We’ve gotten new siding.  We’ve had a dehumidifier and an additional egress installed into our basement.  (To make room for the baby, I moved my office from the spare bedroom down to the basement.)  I’ve been shocked at the amount of work that we’ve done around here lately!  Oh, and did I mention changing the curtains and curtain rods, too?  Yeah.

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it's time to settle in to some tasty comfort food. How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?But I can’t get on my wife’s case for all of this so-called nesting.  I’ve definitely tackled a few extra projects on my own.  For example, last Spring we dropped by a church yard sale to see if they had any useful baby items.  I came across an old wooden high chair that was worn and weathered, but totally in good condition.  I decided the summer would be a good time to refinish said high chair.

Woodworking doesn’t run in my family, but I was determined to make this high chair look new again!  From multiple rounds of sanding to staining to coating with polyurethane, this high chair has become my nesting project.  As is often the case, I procrastinated a little bit…but the baby is coming soon, and I needed to finish up this project!  So I’ve been spending all of my after-work time making this chair look as good as new again.  And I think I’m almost there!


With all of the chores and projects we’ve been doing around the house lately, dinner has often become an afterthought.  We look up and see that it’s 6:30 or 7:00, and we think, “Hmmm…what can we cobble together for dinner tonight?”  That’s when I re-discovered the wonderful invention known as the Crock Pot.

I can prep all of the ingredients in the morning, turn it on and let dinner cook itself for the rest of the day.  Seriously.  Dinner just cooks itself.  Why can’t that high chair just refinish itself?  Or why can’t the siding on our house just replace itself?  Ah well, I’m grateful that the Crock Pot has taken out the stress of dinner planning lately!

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it's time to settle in to some tasty comfort food. How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?Easy Beef Stew

The other night, I grabbed some veggies and a roast and tossed them into the Crock Pot along with the Beef Stew flavor from Campbell’s line of Slow Cooker Sauces.  Talk about easy!  The hardest part was trying to actually do my work while that easy beef stew was simmering away in the kitchen.

You see, whoever built this house decided that it would be a good idea to put the air intake for the heating/air system right there in the kitchen.  So our entire house was literally filled with the mouth-watering smells of beef stew.  Even the dogs were walking around with their noses up in the air all day!

I decided to take this easy beef stew even one step further and top it with a rosemary biscuit topping.  This step only takes a couple extra minutes there at the very end, and you’ll definitely be glad you did it!  The biscuits bake up nice and golden brown on top, but they soak up some of the juices from the beef stew and veggies below.  My wife and I almost fought over who got the last biscuit.  (Don’t worry…I gave it to her!)

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it's time to settle in to some tasty comfort food. How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?With our son set to arrive in a couple of weeks, our families have already told us that they will be coming up for extended time to help us get used to the new routine.  I know I will be forever grateful for the help as I hear that sleep is pretty much non-existent with a new baby around.  With all of the guests in town, I suspect that our Crock Pot will be put to good use!  Campbell’s is Made for Real, Real Life, and real life around this house means overdrive baby prep and the need for easy dinners.

I’m also thinking that the Crock Pot is going to be my new favorite friend on game day.  Can you imagine serving up some Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork sandwiches just in time for kick-off…and not spending more than about a few minutes to make ’em?  I’ve got important game day routines, and standing in the kitchen all day is not one of them!

In addition to the Beef Stew variety, Campbell’s has a number of other flavors in their line of Slow Cooker Sauces.  Other flavors include Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork, Tavern Style Pot Roast, Hawaiian Pork, Southern BBQ and Sweet Korean BBQ.  I’m already imagining how good the house will smell with all of those different sauces simmering away.  Of course, I might be sleeping…or staining a high chair.

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it's time to settle in to some tasty comfort food. How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?

If you like soups and stews, then take a look at some of these other tasty recipes:

French Onion Soup

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup

Lasagna Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Hearty Beef & Vegetable Stew

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it's time to settle in to some tasty comfort food. How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?

Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, it’s time to settle in to some tasty comfort food.  How about this Easy Beef Stew with Rosemary Biscuit Topping for dinner tonight?
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 436kcal


For the Beef Stew

  • 4-5 medium carrots sliced into ½” pieces
  • 2 celery stalks sliced into ½” pieces
  • 2 large Russet potatoes sliced into ¾” cubes
  • 1 medium white onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 cup peas frozen or fresh
  • 2 pounds stew beef rump, sirloin, chuck roast, top or bottom round, cut into ¾” cubes
  • 1 12-oz package Campbell’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew sauce

For the Rosemary Biscuit Topping


For the Beef Stew

  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Pour sauce on top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, or until beef is fork-tender.

For the Rosemary Biscuit Topping

  • Note: Wait for the beef stew to finish (or be close to finished) cooking before beginning this step.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and rosemary. Mix until well combined.
  • Cut the butter into ½" cubes and add to the bowl of dry ingredients.
  • Using a pastry cutter (or two table knives), cut the butter into the dry ingredients until butter pieces are pea-sized.
  • Add the buttermilk and stir until absorbed. (Note: This dough is fairly sticky.)
  • Transfer Beef Stew into a large 9”x13” casserole dish.
  • Divide the biscuit batter into 12 pieces. Press each into a rough circle and place on top of beef stew.
  • Bake at 425°F for 20-22 minutes, or until biscuit topping is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. Mmm this sounds delicious!
    Nice work on the high chair! Before I knew I was pregnant I was refinishing a dresser that I was planning on selling. Guess what is now in the nursery? :p

    1. Haha! I’m going to take a wild guess and say it’s the dresser. Am I right? Am I right? 🙂 What is it about having kids that makes us want to go out and refinish furniture? Haha!

  2. Hi David! Pure comfort food! I make a similar dish in the oven. When pregnant with my first I refinished a wooden cradle and a dresser, as well as making several baby quilts. 🙂

    1. Haha…what is it about pregnancy that makes you decide to tackle an insane number of projects? We’ve had so many construction crews through our house this summer…I’d tell you about them, but they just make me mad. I need you and your hubby to come up and do all of the construction projects next time! 🙂

  3. That nesting thing is so true, I was painting my daughter´s (1st baby) room at 7 months of pregnancy, made her duvet cover, curtains, the lot myself with a showing machine! I´ve never sown since! lol
    This stew looks amazing and I´m so excited to try your rosemary biscuit topping in my Crockpot.. this week!! 🙂

    1. Haha…this whole nesting thing blows my mind! I thought it wasn’t real…but I was 100% totally wrong. We’ve tackled so many projects this summer that it’d make your mind spin…heck, I think my mind is still spinning from all of them. That’s where easy Crockpot meals come in…yum! 🙂 Thanks, Johlene!

  4. This stew looks super delicious, David! My mum would always make us stew for dinner during the winter – it’s such a comforting and warming meal. The rosemary biscuit topping (or dumplings as we call them here!) sound great, I’m definitely going to add some rosemary to my next batch! Pinned ready to give your recipe a try! 🙂

    1. Ah yes, dumplings. I get the whole biscuits vs. cookies vs. dumplings thing so confused! Thank you so much, Jess…I am ALL about easy, comfort food once the weather starts to turn cold. Give these rosemary dumplings a shot! They go great with beef stew! 🙂

  5. Good job with the high chair so far! It looks great! And this beef stew looks delicious! I am a huge fan of cooking a roast in the crock pot. It’s some of the best, most tender meat ever.

    I need to try this with the biscuits soon because that’s the epitome of comfort food to me!

    1. Thank you so much, Tamara! Biscuits absolutely are the epitome of comfort food…and part of the appeal of comfort food is that it is usually so darned easy to make, too. I’m sure it’s not quite cold down there yet, but stew season is coming…get ready! 🙂

  6. Wow! Having done all these house projects and having prepared all these delicious meals (while amost suffering from the irresistible flavors from the kitchen), not to mention blogging, aren’t you a new kind of hero, David? You’ve definitely deserved something good. I mean, I’m sending you a little 25 pound box with all lavender necessities:) Great comfort fall meal!

    1. I’ll take that, Ben! No one has called me a hero before…so I’ll take that! Wait…being a hero means I get 25 pounds of lavender? Noooo…I’m not a hero anymore! Haha! 🙂 But thank you for the kind words.

    1. I’m usually all about diy projects, too, Ami…but I think I need a small break from them after this summer’s adventures. I swear we’ve done more this summer to the house than in the previous 4 years combined! I’ll just stick to the kitchen and my Crockpot for the winter….oh, and changing diapers. Hah!

    1. You could probably just make this same exact stew without the beef, Dannii. Keep all of the rich flavors but load up on more potatoes and veggies instead. I bet that would be a pretty delicious meal, too! Now get out there and make some dumplings (isn’t that what you guys call biscuits??) 🙂

  7. Dude – sounds like y’all have had your hands full with household stuff! And that high chair looks fabulous! I’ve never stained/refinished a high chair before, but, this past summer I re-painted our dining room table and chairs #joysofhomeownership
    Whoever designed y’alls house knew that y’all would live there oneday as smells of rosemary biscuits, beef stew and Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork are meant to be passed along! This stew sounds delicious – doubly so because it’s cooked in a crockpot!

    1. Oh my gosh…let me tell you, Shashi! The housework this summer…just woah. And I can’t reiterate enough how much I dislike contractors! Dude, a whole dining room table and chairs? That’s legit. You should start a furniture business! Hopefully the work has more or less wrapped up here, but we’re about to have some diapers to change…and that means I need delicious crockpot meals! No one has time to stand in front of the stove when there’s a new baby in the house!

  8. When people ask me if I’m handy with a screwdriver, I used to say yes, until I realized that they weren’t talking about vodka and orange juice. But I am pretty handy with a beef stew, and your looks delicious.

    1. Hahaha…I love that one, Jeff! I’m pretty sure there’s only one thing you can do with beef stew…and that’s eat it and be very happy. Perhaps fall asleep on the couch watching football afterwards.

  9. I knew you were slowly becoming a DIY blogger 😉 Just kidding but big props on all these recent projects and the contractors…..oh those silly silly people.

    Beef + rosemary = an amazing combination and now I NEED to try a stew and mop it with with biscuits…that just screams comfort.

    1. Hahaha…never! I might DIY, but I love to eat more! 🙂 Silly is a very nice word for these contractors. Perhaps I should have you be my spokeman…you’ve got a way with words! I’ll pay you in beef stew. Deal?

  10. Dave I bow! I just don’t know where you guys have found all that energy and time.
    I have not had any time in this last week with my real day job and travel. How do you do it all and with a new son on the way, too? I love the slow cooker just for the reasons you said and this meal is great. PLUS, home made buttermilk biscuits on top? YES please! You Rock! #WolfPackMaster

    1. Haha…let’s just say we are getting ready for that whole “not sleeping” thing they talk about when you have a baby. It’s seriously been one of the busiest summers I can ever remember! And that’s where the slow cooker comes in. I suspect that bad boy will be cooking away all winter-long up here. We’ll also have a houseful of family for a while, so another bonus in the slow-cooker column! Thanks, buddy!

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