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comfort essentials: italian meatball stew

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

This is an excellent recipe where you toss all the ingredients into your slow cooker and let time do its thing. Lots of comfy flavors to sooth away all of your Winter blues. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 4 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For comfort essentials: italian meatball stew

  • 8 - 10
  • 1/2 md
    yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb
    small red potatoes, quartered, skin on, or peeled
  • 2 md
    carrots, peeled and cut on the bias
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 14 oz
    diced tomatoes, 1 can, with juice
  • 8 oz
    tomato sauce, 1 can
  • 2 c
    beef stock, not broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 2 Tbsp
    paprika, mild variety
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1 tsp
    caraway seeds, slightly ground
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How To Make comfort essentials: italian meatball stew

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    What will you need? A crockpot, an instant pot, or slow cooker is what you need. If you have a good heavy-bottom pot with a cover, you could put this into the oven at about 220f/105c for 2 – 3 hours, but I have not tried that method.
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    The Meatballs If you are using frozen, store-bought meatballs that will cut way down on your prep time. If, however, you tend towards making homemade, this is one of my favorite meatball recipes:
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    What is it? This is a meatball stew similar to one that my Aunt Josephine used to make. It was usually reserved for the Autumn/Winter months, but I enjoy it all year long. I never got the recipe from her, so this is my memory of what I remember it tasted like. Think I got pretty close.
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    What to serve with it? A stew like this does not need much, but I would definitely include some freshly baked Italian bread. That is about all it needs.
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    How to store it? This stew will last about 5 – 6 days if covered in the fridge. However, you can freeze it and if you do, it will last several months. If you have a vacuum sealer that seals liquids (they make them, but are expensive), this stew will last 12 – 14 months.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Peel and cube your potatoes and place them in a bowl of water with a few drops of lemon juice. This will keep them from browning until they are needed. FYI: Peeling is optional.
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    Thinly slice the onions, cut up the carrots, and mince the garlic.
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    Add all the liquid ingredients (except the diced tomatoes) to a measuring cup or bowl and whisk to combine. Then add all the dry spices and whisk again to combine.
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    Add the veggies and the meatballs to the bowl of your slow cooker.
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    Pour in the liquid base (with the spices), then add the diced tomatoes and gently stir to combine.
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    Set your slow cooker to low and allow the stew to cook for 5 – 6 hours, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the potatoes are tender.
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  • So Yummy
    Serve while nice and hot with some crusty bread, and maybe a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy.
  • Stud Muffin
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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