Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

by Texas Homesteader ~

Who doesn’t love a hearty stew when the weather’s cold? And if you’re using leftover roast to make it, that meal can be on the table in minutes.

Recently I wrote about the benefit of planned leftovers. That’s the method of cooking when you purposely cook more of an item than you will eat at one time.

Then bibbidy-bobbedy-boo presto-changeo remake the leftovers into brand new and delicious recipes.

But today I’m sharing the quickest & most basic delicious leftover idea: a Hearty Stew!

Planned Leftovers remade into the quickest meal possible - a hearty meat/veggie stew. Check out this Homestead Hack. #TexasHomesteader

When I cook I like to get in the kitchen, cook a lot and get the heck out! Yeah, cooking is not my favorite pastime. In and out of the kitchen fast is my wheelhouse, y’all.

Most recently I cooked a huge pork roast using not one, not two but THREE slow cookers.

Yeah, that pork roast really was was that big!

It’s good I’ll have so much leftover roast though. I’d planned to remake the leftovers into new dishes later in the week.

Pork roast leftovers are so versatile.

I used so many fun recipes such as Carnitas Tacos, spicy Pulled-Pork Enchiladas and more.

I use leftover roast to make fast tacos. Planned leftovers is a fast cooking method for me. #TexasHomesteader

Storing Leftover Roast

After I cooked that huge roast I sectioned the meat off into the quantities I wanted.

Then I packaged them for the freezer making sure to properly label the contents. I mean, everything looks exactly the same when it’s frozen rock solid & crammed in the freezer #amiright?

But after all that meat was sectioned off I kept just enough back to make a hearty stew. I can whip it up in minutes using the various leftovers from our pork roast meal.

Assembling The Stew

I’d already poured that broth from the roast into a glass canning jar and allowed the fat to rise to the top the night before. So for the broth portion of today’s lunch I simply skimmed the fat away.

I seasoned the broth with a couple of tablespoons of my Homemade Stew Seasoning to add extra flavor.

Simple Homemade Stew Seasoning Mix in glass canning jar with wooden measuring spoon - #TexasHomesteader

Then I chunked up the cooked carrots & potatoes that were leftover, chopped up the leftover cooked onion sections and poured in that leftover broth.

Finally I stirred in the bits of leftover pork roast & heated up this hearty stew.

A hot meal in minutes - hearty stew made with leftover roast & vegetables. #TexasHomesteader

You really don’t get any faster than this, y’all. Everything was already perfectly cooked, I just needed to warm it up!

Making this stew is a delightful way to use up some leftovers from our roast dinner yesterday in just minutes.

And we get to enjoy some bone-warming nutrition as well.

What Goes With Stew?

When making stew I usually like to add bread or crackers.

No-knead rosemary skillet bread baked in cast iron skillet with fresh herbs and olive oil. #TexasHomesteader

Sometimes I’ll add a side such as Flavored Rice or a healthy salad made my my 1-minute Creamy Salad Dressing.

Fresh salad with lettuce, boiled egg, carrots, cheese crumbles and healthy homemade salad dressing. #TexasHomesteader

Sometimes a hearty bowl of stew is all we need. So dress it up or not – a hot bowl of stew is always sure to please.


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5 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

  1. Jami davenport

    I cook a lot. I love your ideas!!!

  2. Michelle

    3 slow cookers, OMW that’s huge!!! I really suck at cooking so making one big meal that can be used for many dishes later really appeals to me. I need to show hubby this, he’s the master chef in our house.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I don’t really enjoy cooking Michelle so this works well for me too. Many meals already partially made! ~TxH~

  3. Cindy Magee

    YUM! When I meal plan using leftovers for the next meal saves so much time for me too! It’s so busy and crazy right now for my family that I need to start doing this again. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty !

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I cook often but it’s not my favorite task, Cindy. This Planned Leftovers method of cooking delivers delicious homemade meals while requiring precious-little time in the kitchen. Win/win for me. ~TxH~


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