I was skeptical about this but since I had everything on hand, decided to give it a shot and I'm so glad I did. It was great. I feel sure it would work for the crock pot too. 4 HOUR BEEF STEW 3 lb. beef stew meat (I only used 1 pound) 2 onions, sliced 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 potatoes, peeled and diced 4 carrots, peeled and sliced 2 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. corn starch 1/2 c. tomato soup Heat oven to 250 degrees. Spread uncooked stew meat in 10 x 15 inch pan. In layers add onion, celery, carrots and potatoes. Mix in salt and corn starch with soup. Pour over mixture. Cover tightly and bake 4 hours at 250 degrees. ----------------- No need to layer the veggies, I just dumped them over the meat and spread them out a bit. I only used 1 onion but it was BIG. Used 1 small can of tomato soup plus water. Didn't have corn starch so used flour. Used more carrots because I had a bunch. Didn't use plain salt, used my 3 favorite seasonings. In other words - this recipe is adaptable! I didn't label this "fast and easy" because, though it IS easy, it takes several hours to cook.