For almost 40 years, my mother has made the same meal, every Sunday. And ... we never tire of it. See? Don't we look happy?
So, she puts a roast (preferably a brisket, but any good beef roast will do) into a deep cast-iron skillet, and browns it well in a little oil. She adds cut potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, a can of Golden Mushroom soup, and a can of water.