Homemade Italian Sausage Stew Recipe
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Homemade Italian Sausage Stew Recipe

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One day when I was preparing Italian sausages, I decided to do something different. After browning them, I put the sausages in a pot and added other ingredients, ending up with this stew that my husband and I like very much. We have four grown children and will soon celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds Italian sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into chunks
  • 2 small onions, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, thyme and rosemary, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 large green or sweet red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  1. In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, brown sausage; drain. Add the water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour or until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the ketchup, green pepper and parsley; cook 12-15 minutes longer or until pepper is tender. Discard bay leaf.
  3. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Sausage Stew in Country Woman January/February 2000, p29

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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brenda5736 237681
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"I was skeptical about this recipe. #1 it was a made up recipe and then the worcestershire and ketchup scared me, so i added some ketchup and worcestershire in a small bowl of the stew first and well this is the first review I believe I have ever entered. I Love it. I just happened to make irish soda bread also and it was really really good with the stew. My compliments to the Chef :D"

ttipton 219188
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Followed recipe completely, simply wonderful. Just the right heat. Thanks for the warm & comfy meal. (pita chips? Perfect!)"

tc45 65219
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"This was very good. I made it with sweet italian turkey sausage links. My husband liked it just the way it is. I found it a bit on the spicy side so I added just a tocuh of sugar to my servinng...perfection for me. My son added a bit of sugar and then topped it with some fresh shredded parmesan. FANTASTIC! I served it with warm soft italian bread."

tc45 37275
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I made this using sweet italian turkey sausage links. My husband liked it just the way it is. It was a bit on the spicy side for me but that is just a personal preference, so I just added a few tsps of sugar to my helping and walaa perfection! My son added a bit of sugar and some shredded fresh parmesan on top. He said it was perfection too! Thanks for a great recipe!

I served it with warm soft italian bread. YUM!"

BillandSherra 26350
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"This stew is a nice basic simple-to-make stew with a ton of flavor, but the sausage really makes it something special. I substituted the herbs with 3 tsp of italian seasoning. 3 carrots, 3 celery, 1 large onion."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"Very tasty. This is my second time making it. Served w/ homemade pita chips"

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