Meatball Stew

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Meatball Stew is the easiest most delicious fast comfort food and very economical to feed a large family.

If you love Italian meatballs in a rich hearty sauce, this is the meal of your dreams!

The kids love it, leftovers are great and even can be used to top pasta or rice, what can be easier?

Making a flavored ground beef is all you need to make an old-fashioned fabulous stew, and served with my "Easy No-Knead Bread" recipe will go perfectly with this stew.

We love all kinds of stews and you may also like our Mississippi London Broil Pot Roast is one of our all-time favorites!

This quick and simple recipe is a family favorite and the kids as adults still ask for it.

Of course, you can use other meat suggestions and I will give them to you in the recipe if you're not a big fan of Italian style meatballs.

this is a le creuset pan full of meatball stew

Italian Meatball Stew

This meatball stew is bursting with flavors of garlic and simmered in a fabulous rich tomato sauce.

The whole meal can be done in no time and made in a slow cooker after browning the meatballs, a pressure cooker, or instant pot.

The pot can be filled with any of your family's favorite vegetables and use this as a guideline.

If you have any meatball stew leftover the next day, this is perfect poured over pasta, baked potatoes or rice.

this is a pot of meatball stew in a le creuset pan

Ingredients You Will Need To Make This Recipe (scroll to the printable recipe card for exact measurements)

  • ground chuck or sirloin
  • tomato paste
  • diced tomatoes
  • potatoes cut into cubes
  • peas
  • carrots
  • green beans
  • sliced mushrooms
  • onions
  • water
  • red wine of choice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne
  • cloves minced garlic
  • dried oregano
  • parsley
  • basil
  • prig rosemary
  • bell pepper
  • breadcrumbs
  • egg
  • grated cheese

this is a bowl of meatball mixture

Other Suggestions(all Boneless Meats)

  • cubed pork
  • cubed beef
  • cubed veal
  • cubed venison
  • cubed lamb
  • ground turkey or chicken for meatballs

this is meatball stew with vegetables


  1. brown the meatballs first(baked, fried or air fry)
  2. use any kind of liquid beef broth, wine, water
  3. this stew can be made in a slow cooker, instant pot or stovetop
  4. other meats can be substituted or even combined
  5. use this stew over pasta, rice, or baked potatoes

these are meatballs in tomato sauce getting ready for a stew pot

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Stew is whatever you like in it and so versatile.

IF you're not fond of one of the vegetables, add a different one, some folks rather have no peppers and more onion, so adapt away!.

I do love the addition of wine but you can substitute water, beef broth, or even apple juice.

This pot is full of deliciousness all in one bowl and the easiest stew I have ever made!

Meatball Stew

Meatball Stew

Yield: 8
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 25 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 25 M
This is an economical stew made with meatballs in a rich Italian tomato sauce. Perfect with a loaf of freshly baked bread.


  • Meatball Mixture:
  • 1 1/2 pound ground chuck, or  sirloin
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • oil for frying
  • Tomato Sauce for Stew:
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 12- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 potatoes cut in cubes or more if you love potatoes more than the rest of what in there!
  • 1 cup each corn, peas, carrots, green beans, sliced mushrooms, onions or you use more of anything you like
  • water
  • 1/2 can of red wine of choice (use the diced tomato can)
  • 2 cups of water, beef broth, or apple juice
  • salt, pepper, cayenne to taste preference
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • dried oregano, parsley, and basil or fresh if you have it all to taste
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 bell pepper cleaned and cut up


  1. In a large bowl mix the  1 1/2 pound ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, parsley, salt pepper, and grated cheese. together.
  2. Form into meatballs. Brown them first no matter what method of cooking you use.
  3. Heat a large stew pot ( these can be fried in a separate pan, baked, or seared in an instant pot) and brown the meatballs in 1 inch of heated oil.
  4. Remove meatballs from the pan, drain most of the oil out.
  5. Note: After browning the meatballs on both sides you can cook the stew in an instant pot, slow cooker, or use the same stovetop stew pot.
  6. Add the tomatoes, paste, garlic, and all the rest of your ingredients.
  7. Add the meatballs last.
  8. Simmer for 1 hour.
  9. Instant pot for 25 minutes of pressure cooker mode
  10. Slow Cooker low 6 to 8 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours.
  11. Note: if stew gets too thick add more water.




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