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italian stew

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Cookie Netta
Saint Cloud, FL

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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr 10 Min
cook time 3 Hr 10 Min
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For italian stew

  • 3 md
  • 4-5 md
    redskin potatoes, cut in quarters
  • 2 md
    red or Spanish onions. diced
  • 3-4 stalk
    celery, diced
  • 3 stalk
    carrots, clean and wash, cut in slices or 1/2" thick
  • 1 md
    red pepper, diced
  • 1 md
    green pepper, diced
  • 1 bag
    frozen corn, 12 oz
  • 1 bag
    frozen sweet peas, 12 oz
  • 1 tsp
    Italian season
  • 1-2 lg
    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
    Hunts tomato sauce, large
  • 1 can
    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

Test Kitchen Tips
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.
  • Washing the vegetables.
    This recipe makes a lot of soup. You'll need at least a 14 quart slow cooker. Clean and wash all the vegetables.
  • Vegetables cut and diced.
    Begin to cut and dice turnips, onions, celery, potatoes, carrots, green and red pepper, put aside.
  • Soaking beef in white vinegar.
    Clean and soak beef chunks in water with 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar, for about 20 mins.
  • Garlic powder, salt, and pepper added to pan-fried beef.
    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.
  • Cooked beef poured into the slow cooker.
    Then put this first into the slow cooker.
  • Vegetables and seasonings added to the slow cooker.
    Then dice up fresh garlic and place it in the slow cooker. Add all your diced vegetables and frozen vegetables along with the seasonings.
  • Tomato sauce added to the slow cooker.
    Add tomato sauce, then mix well.
  • Tomato paste added to the slow cooker.
    Then add tomato paste and mix well.
  • Olive oil and two bay leaves added.
    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.
  • Broth added to the stew.
    Add the quart of beef broth.
  • Stew cooking in the slow cooker.
    Slow cook the stew for 3-5 hours in your Crock Pot. Be sure to stir in between cooking times.
  • A bowl of Italian Stew with bread and a salad.
    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!