Slow Cooked Italian Stew (Crock Pot)

"Have always been a fan of slow cooked meals and with my new crock pot, I'm equiped to try some new ones. The original recipe comes from "The Slow Cooker Bible" and includes my intended modifications. As I have not yet tried this dish, feedback is especially welcome."
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Ready In:
4hrs 15mins




  • Coat slow cooker with a light layer of cooking spray.
  • Add carrots and onions. Top with chicken cubes and chicken sausage. Top with peppers and zucchini.
  • Mix together the tomatoes, broth, rosemary, garlic and oregano. Pour on top of ingredients in the crock pot.
  • Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours. Vegetables should be tender and chicken cooked but not falling apart.
  • Turn cooker to high and stir in cannellini beans and re-cover slow cooker. Cook and additional 10 to 15 minutes until beans are heated through.
  • Ladle stew into bowls and garnish with basil.

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  1. Samsgrammy
    Just tried this recipe and while it was good, it was a little overwhelmingly tomato-y the first night. There was plenty left for a redoux, so I added 3/4 cup concentrated chicken broth to cut the predominant tomato flavor, served it over a bit of rice topped by a healthy dollop of parmesan cheese and it was much more enthusiastically received by the family.
  2. Jim C.
    Excellent! The herb amounts looked skimpy to me, so I used about a tablespoon of Italian seasoning & was glad that I did. Also, next time I'll try omitting the chicken broth, since there was a lot of extra liquid. A great keeper--thanks!
  3. sugarpea
    As long as I saute the chicken breasts and add them just before serving, this is a great stew, justcallmetoni.
  4. Victoria in Fort Wa
    I love this! I also used 12oz chicken sausage (spicy) and a smaller chicken breast. I added a little crushed red pepper as well. I believe my new crock pot is off a little because i checked on this after 4.5 hours on low, and the zucchini and green peppers were already soft, so i added the beans then for 10 minutes. After tasting, I had to eat an entire bowl (rather than waiting for DH to get home from work). So easy, healthy and delicious! Thanks!
  5. yogiclarebear
    Oh my gosh this was delicious! I used grated carrots, 12 oz chicken sausages (not spicy though), and 5 oz chicken breast. I added a bit more broth and seasonings because I really loaded in the veggies. It was awesome, thank you so much!


  1. Kittencalrecipezazz
    This is a great for a crockpot, I made as stated only used smoked beef sausage in place of chicken and browned the sausage first, I added in some Creole seasoning to add some heat and also increased the garlic to 2 tablespoons, I haven't used my crockpot in a while and I think it is about time for a new one as this took 5 hours on HIGH to cook, anyway thanks for sharing Toni!...Kitten:)



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