My husband doesn't like stew, but he loved this one! I served garlic bread not noodles with it. I used Zesty Italian dressing and added a can of mushrooms, garlic powder, salt, pepper and 1 beef gravy packet. We loved it! I cooked the potatoes and carrots seperately from the stew - I was in a hurry(!) then added them when the stew was finished cooking about 1 hour. I made a double batch , so doubled everything and added an extra can of broth. Thanks! I love stew now my husband does also!