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Italian Sausage & Vegetable Stew

Serve up this Italian Sausage and Vegetable Stew for one hearty and stick to your bones stew. You have Italian sausage in every bite paired with Mediterranean veggies and sliced zucchini. Serve this up for dinner and enjoy the rich and vibrant flavors of this stew recipe. 

Italian sausage and vegetable stew on a serving spoon.

This week we had our first frost warning in a long time. I’m sad to think about, but summer is drawing to a close. Soon we’ll have to turn on our heat and wear our fall jackets. I’m sad it’s over, but on the bright side, the cooler weather means I’ll be using my slow cooker a lot more often! I love throwing ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and have the delicious aromas permeate the house all day long. Then, when it’s time to eat, I can sit down and enjoy a hearty meal that took almost no effort to make.

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  • Mild Italian sausages
  • Frozen Mediterranean vegetables
  • Diced tomatoes with Italian spices
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Tomato paste
Italian sausage and vegetable soup ingredients.

How to Make Italian Sausage and Vegetable Stew

  • Step One: Cook sausage in a skillet on medium-high until browned.
  • Step Two: Combine sausage, frozen vegetables, tomatoes, tomato paste, zucchini and garlic in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or until zucchini is cooked and tender.
Steps to make Italian sausage and vegetable soup.

I adapted this recipe for Italian Sausage & Vegetable Stew from one of my cookbooks that I’ve owned for years, All New Slow Cooker by Easy Home Cooking. It is full of veggies and the Italian sausage adds in a hint of spiciness. If you prefer your food extra spicy, substitute the mild Italian sausage with hot Italian sausage.

Italian sausage and vegetable stew with a serving spoon in a Crockpot.

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Can I Swap Out the Frozen Vegetables?

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    For the frozen vegetables, you can use whatever you have on hand. I had a bag of Mediterranean vegetables in my freezer that I used up. The fresh zucchini is really tender and flavourful after roasting in the juices. There’s no extra liquid added. It’s really not needed since the frozen veggies will melt and the juices of the tomatoes and zucchini make it the perfect consistency.

    How Long Does Italian Sausage Stew Take to Make?

    I cooked this for 5 hours on the stove top. If you want you can prep on the stove and then transfer your stew to a slow cooker to finish cooking. I would say if you go that route allow it to cook 6-8 hours to really blend those flavors and offer a vibrant stew. 

    Italian sausage and vegetable stew in a bowl.

    What to Serve with Sausage and Vegetable Stew 

    You can truly find whatever sounds good to pair with your stew or serve it up as is. We have made this an entire meal, it is hearty and bursting with flavor that we didn’t want anything else to pair with it. 

    Best Way to Store Leftover Stew 

    Place in an airtight container or wrap the pan in aluminum foil to act as a lid. Place in the fridge for up to three days. After that, you will need to toss out or use your best judgment on when you need to toss the remainder of stew out. 

    How to Reheat Italian Sausage Stew 

    I personally warm it up in the microwave or toss some in a pan and heat it up that way. If I plan to serve it as a meal and I know we will eat the rest of it in the sitting, I will then toss it all in the slow cooker and let it warm up and then serve. 

    A bowl of Italian Sausage and Vegetable Stew.

    Can You Freeze Italian Sausage Vegetable Stew?

    You can freeze this stew, I just want to warn the vegetables will become more tender once you go to reheat them. Place in a freezer friendly container and leave some room at top of the container so it has room to expand as it freezes. Then store in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge the night before you plan to serve it. 

    Meal Prep with Stew Recipe 

    One quick tip I recommend is if you don’t feel you could eat all this stew at once, meal prep with it. Whether you store single-serve containers of the stew in the fridge or toss some in the freezer. Then when you feel hungry pull one out and warm it up. I do this a lot and it is a great way to meal prep ahead of time, for a quick lunch or supper on those days you don’t want to cook. 

    You’ll also like this Italian Sub Salad, Cowboy Stew, Slow Cooker Mississippi Beef Stew and Sausage Jambalaya.

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    5 from 1 vote

    Italian Sausage & Vegetable Stew

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 5 hours
    Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
    A stick-to-your-ribs slow cooker soup! The Mediterranean vegetables blend with zucchini and Italian sausage for the heartiest stew.


    • 6 mild Italian sausages cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 package frozen Mediterranean vegetables
    • 1 can diced tomatoes with Italian spices 28oz can, undrained
    • 2 zucchini sliced
    • 4 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 can tomato paste


    • Cook sausage in a skillet on medium-high until browned.
    • Combine sausage, frozen vegetables, tomatoes, tomato paste, zucchini and garlic in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or until zucchini is cooked and tender.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 609mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Soups
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword Italian Sausage & Vegetable Stew

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    1. This looks like it’s about to jump off the screen and on to my table, yum!

    2. Such a great comfort food for cold days like we are having lately! It looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing at our Sweet Inspiration Party this weekend!

    3. I seem to always have miscellaneous frozen veggies with nowhere to go…looks like a delicious way to use those up.
      Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    4. Debbie White Beattie says:

      This stew looks delicious and the ingredients are really interesting

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