This recipe requires tomato paste, which I don't normally have on hand, BUT I was able to use up a Fast Food tub of tomato marinara "dipping sauce" which from my last experience using this mix, equals a Tbsp. I needed 3 Tbsps worth, so I also added 2 Tbsp of ketchup. I did this also last time, it came out find. I used the usual vegetables: potatoe, onion, celery, mushroom, carrot. Wanting to bulk it out a bit, a added a drained can of green beans, giving the stew more color.