Savory Italian Stew Recipe
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Savory Italian Stew Recipe

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My niece shared this recipe with me, and whenever I’ve served it, I get requests for the recipe. The sausage, tortellini, tomatoes, zucchini and herbs make it different from typical stews featuring meat and potatoes. It’s a hearty one-dish meal that’s simple to prepare.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 233 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 919mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrot, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Gently stir in the tortellini, zucchini, green pepper and parsley. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tortellini is tender. Serve with cheese. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Stew in Country December/January 2007, p51

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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catweber User ID: 5083070 162501
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"yummy and simple! my family fights for the leftovers!"

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 101305
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"Fast, simple, satisfying comfort food!"

lisaanne5 User ID: 7103386 147749
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"<p>Absolutely LOVE this recipe! I add extra YUMMY!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 162498
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"We used bulk Italian sausage, diced tomatoes instead of stewed & whole wheat tortellini. Yum!

~ Theresa"

rach42878 User ID: 1653404 147996
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"Very yummy!!! I increased the veggies in it and paired it with garlic bread. I will make again and again."

avonlady1989 User ID: 3363352 168390
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"I made some changes to the recipe.

1 med. onion
3-4 garlic cloves minced
1 small summer squash sliced
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese.
2 cans chicken stock
Add parmesan cheese when you add tomates, stock and herbs. Cook 30 minutes
Add squash and zucchini - cook 10 minutes
Add Tortellini, and cook 20-25 minutes.
I get rave reviews each time I make it."

karen1965B User ID: 3830242 208556
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"Very tasty and easy to make."

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