Veggie Orzo Beef Stew

Ingredients:

3/4 pound ground beef, cooked and drained

4-5 cloves of garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons)

1 medium onion, small dice ~1/4"

1 potato, small dice

8 celery stalks, chopped to 1/4"

8 oz baby carrots, chopped to 1/4"

1 can of peas

1 can of corn

6 cups water

6 teaspoons beef bullion granules (or 6 cubes)

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon red pepper

1/2 teaspoon white pepper (can omit if it's not in your pantry)

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1 bay leaf 

2 cups orzo pasta

2 more cups water

3 teaspoons corn starch

Directions:

In a large stock pot, combine everything except the corn starch, the second amount of water, and the orzo pasta.  Bring the pot to a boil.  Once boiled, turn down to a simmer.  Cook for 45 minutes.  Add the orzo pasta and the second amount of water if needed.  Simmer for 15 minutes more.  Stir in the corn starch at the very end.  You may want to mix the corn starch with a bit of water before adding it to the pot.  That will prevent lumps.  I did not do this, but I also didn't have consistency issues when I tossed the corn starch in the pot and stirred.  YMMV.