Hearty Pre-Paycheck Stew



As the end of the pay period approaches and your pantry starts to look a little bare, there’s no need to sacrifice flavor or comfort. With a few simple ingredients and some creativity, you can whip up a delicious and satisfying pre-paycheck stew that will warm you from the inside out. This budget-friendly recipe is perfect for those times when you need to make the most of what you have on hand without breaking the bank. Let’s dive into how to create this hearty and comforting dish!


– 1 onion, diced
– 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
– 2 celery stalks, diced
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
– 1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
– 1 can of beans (such as kidney beans or black beans), drained and rinsed
– 4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
– 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
– 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Olive oil for sautĂ©ing
– Optional: chopped fresh parsley for garnish

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1. Sauté the Aromatics:
– In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat.
– Add the diced onion, carrots, and celery to the pot. SautĂ© until the vegetables are softened and the onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
– Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.

2. Add the Potatoes and Tomatoes:
– Add the diced potatoes to the pot, followed by the can of diced tomatoes (with their juices). Stir to combine all the ingredients.

3. Incorporate the Beans and Broth:
– Pour in the drained and rinsed beans, followed by the vegetable or chicken broth.
– Season the stew with dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and pepper, stirring to distribute the flavors evenly.

4. Simmer and Cook:
– Bring the stew to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the stew simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender and the flavors have melded together.

5. Adjust Seasoning and Serve:
– Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.
– Ladle the hot stew into bowls and garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness.
– Serve the pre-paycheck stew alongside crusty bread or crackers for a complete and satisfying meal.


When you’re counting down the days until your next paycheck, a humble pot of pre-paycheck stew can be a lifesaver. With its hearty ingredients and comforting flavors, this budget-friendly recipe proves that you don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal. So raid your pantry, gather your ingredients, and let this simple stew warm your soul on even the chilliest of evenings. Here’s to cozy comfort and making the most of what you have!

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