Italian Stew

My husband learned how to cook at a very young age. He is really good at making meals by following his instincts rather than following a recipe. One of his weekend specialities during the cold months is his Italian Stew.

Italian Stew Recipe
  • 1 medium cooking onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 lb stewing beef
  • 4 large sweet Italian sausage
  • 8-10 large carrots
  • 4-6 large potatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 500ml can tomato sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste

Step 1: Chop onion finely and sauté in olive oil until translucent.
Step 2: Add stewing beef and sausage (cut to 3" pieces) and brown.
Step 3: Prepare stock and add, along with tomato sauce and paste.
Step 4: Peel and chop carrots to 3" pieces and add.
Step 5: Peel and quarter potatoes and add.
Step 6: Add water if necessary to cover.
Step 7: Add garlic salt.
Step 8: Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for four hours or more.
Step 9: For thicker gravy/sauce, use 2 Tbsp flour in a roux 30 minutes before completion.

My husband has added mini meat balls and rib meat to this stew and both have turned out quite delicious.

Family Thoughts: 

This makes a nice weekend meal and provides us with leftovers for at least one or two nights. We serve it over top of polenta that we bake in the oven on stoneware until the edges get crispy. Yum!


  1. This looks really good. I will have to try it. I love stews in the fall and winter. It is just the perfect meal.

  2. I love a homemade soup or stew in the winter!

  3. Looks amazing! Love the big carrots in it!

  4. That looks really good and EASY too. My kind of recipe. Your hubby also cooks like me, kinda by how things look right. Did I over look the Polenta Circles recipe?

  5. Dolores - we bought the tube of polenta at the store, but it into slices and baked it in the oven!


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