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Italian Shredded Pork Stew

Need a warm, soothing meal for a blustery night? Throw together this slow-cooked stew loaded with sweet potatoes and kale. And the shredded pork is oh-so-tender! —Robin Jungers, Campbellsport, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    9 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • Sour cream, optional


  • Place the sweet potatoes, kale, onion and garlic in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place roast on vegetables. Add the beans and seasonings. Pour broth over top. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, 8-10 hours.
  • Remove meat; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred pork with 2 forks and return to slow cooker; heat through. If desired, garnish with sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups (calculated without sour cream): 283 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 860mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Richard
    Jan 6, 2021

    This was bad. Sweet potatoes were mush. Very greasy

  • Charisse
    Oct 20, 2020

    This is so delicious! I'm glad i read the reviews and added a little extra ingredients. I've added the red pepper flakes just enough to give it a little kick. I've also made my own Italian seasonings and added pork gravy to give it a little more thickness and flavor. I have to omit i have give myself a pt on the back for this being the first time making this. Thank you for this delicious recipe

  • kimspacc
    Jan 10, 2019

    This was a hearty stew with a mild flavor, which I enjoyed. The seasonings are easy to adjust according to preference.

  • Betsy
    Oct 20, 2018

    This was delicious with doctoring, but utterly bland as written and I'm rating it as such. I had to add in a lot more Better than Bouillon (powder would have worked too), onion powder, garlic, salt, and a bit of lemon. (I also think the nutrition info is bonkers.)

  • A.L.Smith
    Mar 12, 2018

    Made this last week and it was delicious ! Only thing I didn't put in was the kale and I used great northern beans.

  • shalomd
    Mar 7, 2016

    This is a great easy recipe. The Kale and Sweet Potato are a healthy and delicious addition. It does require more seasoning. I will definitely be making this again.

  • AuntieNettie
    Feb 18, 2016

    Easy and delicious with healthy ingredients! This is a keeper!!

  • mimirita
    Feb 11, 2016

    Sad to say, made according to directions we found this bland or ordinary. I added more garlic, a shake of red pepper flakes, onion powder, another 1/2 tsp of salt and it was more palatable.

  • chrissteve
    Nov 16, 2012

    This smelled so good we could hardly wait to dig into it! I took some to a homebound lady who ate two bowls right away and saved another bowl for later!! I seldom bring her something that really "hits her spot" so this was a thrill for me!!

  • wawa18
    Nov 12, 2012

    What a unique taste this stew has. It's the sweet potatoes. It was wonderful. I did not have Kale so used a box of Green Giant frozen creamed spinich. I also threw in some lentils I had in the frig. It was an awesome stew and will make it again.