Italian Stew

Sunday, December 4, 2016
This Meat or Vegetable Italian Stew is done several different ways, using this same recipe.

One is using a big stew pot on the stovetop, slow cooker or even pressure cooker.

Then meats can be added with vegetables or using just vegetables, using any of those three methods of cooking.

Here are two big pots of stew bursting with amazing flavor both ways!

Guess what you can adapt this to any way your family likes when it comes to ingredients.

Even though this is done with tomatoes and Italian style, the alternative using brown gravy style is included below.

Green beans, carrots, peppers, zucchini, potatoes anything goes in the pot.

All leftovers are welcome in the pot!

Clean out that refrigerator and repurpose leftovers into a brand new meal!

Stew is called stew because anything can go in it right? So there is no right or wrong, make it the way your family grew up on.





this is a big bowl of stew






Comfort Food



A good stew is slowly cooked to enhance flavors and meld together.


I love to blend all kinds of vegetables and you can even use several types of meat in one stew.


Mom made a stew with leftover pork chops cut up, steak and sometimes if she had it lamb.


Any vegetables you have are fine, this is like the land of the misfit stew because of the several ingredients used there is no right or wrong way to what you like or add!



this is a slow cooker pot of stew



Where did stew come from?



Stews have been made since ancient times.


It was written that the world's oldest stew was found made in Japan.


It is also written that Herodotus acknowledged that the Scythians (8th to 4th centuries BC) was to put the flesh of an animal's and mix water with it and boil it over a fire.








Economical to Feed Many



Stew is very economical and can feed a large family.

Generally, stews have less liquid than soups, are much thicker and require longer cooking over low heat, related to the word stew.

Soups are almost always served in a bowl, stews may be thick enough to be served on a plate with this style tomato sauce or made in a rich brown gravy.


If you prefer the brown version, I would suggest omitting the sauce and adding brown gravy to the pot.



this is a stove top pot of stew with pork in it and vegetables





Stovetop



Simmer for 2 1/2 hours on low heat.


Add whatever you like all vegetables or combined.


When using meat always saute the meat in 3 cloves of garlic first and 3 tablespoons of oil.


Add the vegetables and simmer away.




crockpot full of vegetables and stew meat Italian style







Slow Cooker Version:


Saute meat the same way as for the stovetop directions.

Add sauteed browned meat to the slow cooker on top of the vegetables using, then the rest of the ingredients listed.










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Meat or Vegetable Italian Stew



You will need  for either stew you make:

If you prefer to add meat to this stew then add beef, chicken, lamb or pork

1 - 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce or use 2 pounds of fresh plum tomatoes put through the food processor (Omit this ingredient if opting for the brown gravy version listed recipe).

3 fresh cubed tomatoes if using canned sauce

3 small zucchini cubed

4 cubes and clean potatoes

3 cups of fresh green beans

1 cup fresh carrot slices

1 sprig fresh rosemary

2 or 3 stems of fresh parsley leaves

1 fresh bay leaf

1/2 cup red wine or white use water if you want

1 1/2 cups water

2 large cleaned and sliced bell peppers

3 cloves minced garlic

2 teaspoons garlic powder

oregano, salt, pepper to taste

olive oil



Optional additions: mushrooms, peas, garbanzo beans, 3 cups of cubed chicken, Italian slices of sausage, London broil cubed, boneless pork tenderloin cubed or lamb cubed then proceed the same with the vegetables you choose and you can also use a combination of leftovers in combination like my mom did.


Note:

(for an American brown gravy version use this recipe):


1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix
1 (1.5 ounces) package dry beef stew seasoning mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups of water

Whisk all together, pour over vegetables and meat, cook with either method.


Directions for making Meat or Vegetable Italian Stew:


In a large crockpot or saucepan around 5 quarts, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, and garlic on the bottom.

Add the sauce and all the vegetables you are using.

If using meat, add sauteed meat next. Add the sauce and wine, water, herbs, and spices.

Slow cook for 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 6 on high in the crockpot.

If cooking on stovetop simmer on low for 2 1/2 hours on low.





Italian Stew

Yield: 10
Author:
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 2 H & 26 Mtotal time: 2 H & 41 M
This is a homemade stew that has both all vegetables or meat combined recipes. There is one using tomato sauce an alternative version for brown gravy recipes included.

ingredients:

  • You will need for either stew you make:
  • If you prefer to add meat to this stew then add beef, chicken, lamb or pork
  • 1 - 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce or use 2 pounds of fresh plum tomatoes put through the food processor (Omit this ingredient if opting for the brown gravy version listed recipe).
  • 3 fresh cubed tomatoes if using canned sauce
  • 3 small zucchini cubed
  • 4 cubed and cleaned potatoes
  • 3 cups of fresh green beans
  • 1 cup fresh carrot slices
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 or 3 stems of fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup red wine or white use water if you want
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 large cleaned and sliced bell peppers
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • oregano, salt, pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • Optional additions: mushrooms, peas, garbanzo beans, 3 cups of cubed chicken, Italian slices of sausage, London broil cubed, boneless pork tenderloin cubed or lamb cubed then proceed the same with the vegetables you choose and you can also use a combination of leftovers in combination like my mom did.
  • (for an American brown gravy version use this recipe):
  • 1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix
  • 1 (1.5 ounces) package dry beef stew seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups of water
  • Whisk all together, pour over vegetables and meat, cook with either method.

instructions:

How to cook Italian Stew

  1. Directions for making Meat or Vegetable Italian Stew:
  2. In a large crockpot or saucepan around 5 quarts, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, and garlic on the bottom.
  3. Add the sauce and all the vegetables you are using.
  4. If using meat, add sauteed meat next. Add the sauce and wine, water, herbs and spices.
  5. Slow cook for 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 6 on high in the crockpot.
  6. If cooking on stovetop simmer on low for 2 1/2 hours on low.
  7. For pressure cooker set it on high for 35 minutes.
Calories
458
Fat (grams)
30
Sat. Fat (grams)
18
Carbs (grams)
29
Net carbs
14
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