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Stew Italiano


Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you. This scrumptious stew is quite simple to assemble—you can even do it the night before and refrigerate it, then put it up to cook in the morning. It’s lick-the-spoon good!


Prepare the Meat


Combine flour, salt, paprika, and pepper in a plastic bag. Add a few pieces of meat at a time and shake to coat well on all sides.


Heat two tablespoons of oil in a Dutch oven or large pot. Add onions and garlic and sauté over medium heat until golden, about six to eight minutes. Transfer to the sprayed insert of a slow cooker.


Add meat to Dutch oven a few pieces at a time and brown on all sides. Remove meat from pot as ready, adding more oil to pot if needed. Add browned meat to slow cooker insert.

Prepare the Stew


Add wine to Dutch oven and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of pot. Add pan juices to slow cooker along with salt, pepper, basil, oregano, bay leaf and sugar. Stir in tomatoes.


In a large bowl, combine sliced carrots, mushrooms and potatoes. Drizzle with one tablespoon oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Mix well and wrap tightly in foil. Place foil packet on top of meat. (Can be assembled up to this point and refrigerated overnight.)


Cover and cook on low for 10 hours. Remove bay leaf. Carefully unwrap vegetables and stir into stew just before serving.


Keeps for two to three days in the refrigerator and freezes well.


If freezing, omit potatoes and serve stew over broad noodles, rice or quinoa.