I made this last weekend. It was incredibly easy to make, and my boyfriend absolutely loved it!!!!! I used baby carrots instead of peeling and chopping carrots. Also, I used very lean stew meat that was already cut into pieces. It says to simmer for 30 mins. after you add the veggies, but I simmered it for almost an hour and a half. We didn't have noodles with it. Instead, I served it with garlic toast. Very easy and delicious!!!!!