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All-Day Meatball Stew Recipe

All-Day Meatball Stew Recipe

Frozen meatballs and convenient jarred mushrooms with cans of tomato sauce and beef broth simplify this homey stew that cooks all day. Each bite boasts lots of fresh veggie flavor and comforting rich gravy. It smells so good while it cooks, it’s hard to resist! —Anita Hoffman, Holland, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • 1. Place the meatballs, potatoes, carrots, onion and mushrooms in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, broth, water, wine, garlic powder and pepper; pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 384 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 1317mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein.

Reviews for All-Day Meatball Stew

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Sharondrue User ID: 7645057 255266
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"I'm not going to make this again. It was pretty "blah" tasting, I added a clove of garlic, red pepper flakes and some cayenne pepper; still not enough umph. Bland, bland, bland."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 255139
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"Glad we tried this recipe although not a keeper for our family. Made for dinner as written, slow cooked all day. In the end, didn't wow us. Each had a bowl and have loads of leftovers, but may throw out. Not sure what went wrong, but rather make a nice beef stew instead."

Kcke2pen User ID: 8056965 255054
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2016

"This sounds great but is there a way to reduce the sodium?"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 226733
Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"I prepared this delicious dish recently and declare it a winner. I followed the recipe except I used regular carrots that I cut up instead of the baby carrots. My husband and I loved this recipe. I will be making it again and again. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

gin0328 User ID: 8268857 221153
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"I substituted turkey and pork meatballs with portobello mushrooms and spinach (Schwan's 581) and I used Yukon gold potatoes. This was a great and quick to make recipe. We served it with jalapeno cornbread and a salad."

wagondorfer User ID: 1632905 194711
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"Very good and easy to make. I used the leftover beef broth (from the 3/4 cup) to mix with the flour for the thickener. Definitely a keeper."

beemom4 User ID: 400718 194223
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"My family loved this. My husband ate the leftovers as meatball sandwiches and added chipotle sauce."

cas1174 User ID: 5277616 110750
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"This was a big hit in my home. Very easy and inexpensive to make. I will be making this again."

dansim3 User ID: 1663283 177909
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"It smelled good while cooking but it needs much more umph. My kids asked that I not make this one again. :("

lucillekuj User ID: 5980038 110748
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"This was good, but it needed more zip. Next time I will add cili powder and paprika or use Italian tomato sauce and add extra basil and oregano. Also, it did not thicken very much. I even added corn starch and cooked longer, but it was still soupy, though I carefully measured ingredients. I may add tapioca beads at the beginning next time."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 212437
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"on a secondary note, my husband brought this into work for him and his office mate (who loved it) and claims it was better on the second day..."

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 130200
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"This was very good. The whole family ate it up (whom I can rarely get to agree on dinner). I didn't have the red wine and would like to try it again with that. Also used tapioca to thicken the gravy/sauce."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.