Italian Stew

Cookie Netta


This is a stew that my late mom would make us kids when we were growing up. It will warm your heart. Back then, we didn't have slow cookers but I remember mom over the stove making a delicious meal and it was her stew that had gotten us to eat. It was made up fresh. I still remember the recipe and last Sunday, March 17th, 2013, I made it for the first time in 24 years. It came out so well. My husband enjoyed it and it was a winner. He asked what makes it so good?" I told him its all fresh and season good. He smiled, well it's really good. You have to make it often.

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Such a hearty dish, this is the ultimate beef stew. It's full of fresh chopped veggies that give this better flavor than other stews. Browning the beef first helps to make it super tender. What puts this recipe over the top, is the Italian sausage. When it cooks in the slow cooker, all the flavors from the veggies, beef, sausage, and seasoning come together creating the best flavor. It's simply delicious!

Note: You're going to need a very large Crock Pot for this soup. It's definitely enough for a large family gathering. This recipe can easily be cut in half to feed a smaller group. The Test Kitchen


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a family
1 Hr 10 Min
3 Hr 10 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 3 medium
  • 4-5 medium
    redskin potatoes, cut in quarters
  • 2 medium
    red or Spanish onions. diced
  • 3-4 stalk(s)
    celery, diced
  • 3 stalk(s)
    carrots, clean and wash, cut in slices or 1/2" thick
  • 1 medium
    red pepper, diced
  • 1 medium
    green pepper, diced
  • 1 bag(s)
    frozen corn, 12 oz
  • 1 bag(s)
    frozen sweet peas, 12 oz
  • 1 tsp
    Italian season
  • 1-2 large
    bay leafs
  • 1 clove
    fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    ground basil, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    thyme, dried
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp
    powdered garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    each salt and pepper
  • 1 can(s)
    Hunts tomato sauce, large
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato paste
  • 4 lb
    beef chunks, extra lean
  • 2-4
    links of Italian sweet sausage cut into chunks
  • 1 qt
    beef broth

How to Make Italian Stew


  1. This recipe makes a lot of soup. You'll need at least a 14 quart slow cooker. Clean and wash all the vegetables.
  2. Begin to cut and dice turnips, onions, celery, potatoes, carrots, green and red pepper, put aside.
  3. Clean and soak beef chunks in water with 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar, for about 20 mins.
  4. Afterward, fry the beef chunks into a 10' skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil or more, until medium-rare. Add salt and pepper to taste along with a garlic powder sprinkle.
  5. Then put this first into the slow cooker.
  6. Then dice up fresh garlic and place it in the slow cooker. Add all your diced vegetables and frozen vegetables along with the seasonings.
  7. Add tomato sauce, then mix well.
  8. Then add tomato paste and mix well.
  9. Add your bay leaf to it along with a 1/3 cup of olive oil extra virgin. Also add the semi-cooked Italian sweet sausage.
  10. Add the quart of beef broth.
  11. Slow cook the stew for 3-5 hours in your Crock Pot. Be sure to stir in between cooking times.
  12. This Italian Stew recipe can be served with a large salad of any kind, along with Italian bread that gives the finishing touches of the meal. Enjoy!

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About Italian Stew

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Soup's On!
Other Tag: Healthy

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