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Joey's Hearty Crock Pot Italian Stew


Joey's Hearty Crock Pot Italian Stew

Serves: 8

Category: Soups and Stews
Author: Joseph Robbins
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This slow cooker stew will be ready and waiting for you at the end of a busy day. Packed with beans, barley and lycopene-rich tomatoes, it is sure to satisfy.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium black beans, drained
1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium pinto beans, drained
1 1/2 cups cooked kidney beans or 1 (15 ounce) canno-salt-added or low sodium pinto beans, drained
12 ounces tomato paste (see notes)
48 ounces no-salt-added diced tomatoes (see notes)
3 cups water
2 small cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon thyme
1 cup uncooked barley (see notes)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients except barley in a 7 quart crock pot. Stir to incorporate spices into the stew then cook on low for eight hours

During the last hour of cooking, add barley and allow to thicken. Add black pepper to taste.

Notes: Dry beans may also be used. Soak 1 1/2 cups of dry beans overnight and boil for ten minutes before adding to crock pot.

Select tomato products packed in glass or cartons. These materials do not contain BPA.

Pealed barley is missing some or all of its nutritious bran layer. Look for the hulled or hulless forms of barley; they retain more of the bran layer.

Calories 275; Protein 15 g; Carbohydrates 57 g; Total Fat 1.6 g; Saturated Fat 0.3 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 82 mg; Fiber 13.2 g; Beta-Carotene 912 ug; Vitamin C 44 mg; Calcium 91 mg; Iron 6 mg; Folate 151 ug; Magnesium 127 mg; Zinc 2.1 mg; Selenium 13.5 ug

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joeyleerobbins

10/07/2011 11:52 PM

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There is a little confusion on how I posted the instructions. It should say combine all ingredients except barley into crock pot; sorry about that. And also I used about two 12 oz glasses of water not two cups. It is pretty thick so if you don't like really thick stew you may want to add about 3 12 oz glasses of water. I also added a package of tofurky Italian sausages into the stew during last hour and it was really good. I hope you enjoy. Please give me your opinions and ideas for improvements. Thanks!
This comment was last edited on 10/07/2011 11:53 PM

valuliana

12/08/2011 10:33 PM

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I added a chopped red onion and 1/2lb of chopped mushrooms. I served it over Romaine lettuce in order to make it more compliant to the GOMBS principle! Everyone in my family loves it, from my SAD eating husband to my 1 year old. Thanks for the recipe!

mom2my3girls

07/29/2012 05:25 PM

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I am making this for the second time today, I've only been on ETL for one week tomorrow. Not all of family have converted and EVERYONE loved this one! It was very flavorful & downright delicious. Thanks :)

LauraJim

12/08/2014 10:31 AM

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Does anybody have a barley alternative they would suggest? I am gluten intolerant and need to modify.

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07/21/2019 02:31 PM

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I am also gluten-free. Try Buckwheat or steel cut oats? Both are smaller than barley, so they would change the overall texture. Rice?

 

PABR

12/08/2014 11:09 AM

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Where can I buy tomato products in BPA free containers that do not have sodium or sugar or soybean oil added? Hunt's has no-sodium-added tomato sauce, but it is in a can with a plastic lining. I have used Prego sauce in a jar for different recipes but it has a lot of sodium. Anybody have any ideas? Many of these recipes call for foods that I cannot find. Since I don't drive and have to take the bus, I usually try to shop at Kroger's health food section locally. Everything there seems to have a lot of sodium and/or sugar added. I haven't seen anything online.

veggielady

12/08/2014 11:21 AM

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PABR: Does Kroger carry the Pom (Pom Pom?) tomatoes? That might not be the exact name, but they are in a carton like the size that almond or rice milk (shelf type, not in refrigerated section) comes in. I've heard they are pretty good, but you'll have to check the carton for salt content because I've not actually checked it or bought any, yet. They might not even be low-salt. You are right about the difficulty in buying some of these recipe products, but do the best you can.

Becky K replies:

10/15/2016 06:28 PM

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I think that they do. If you have a HEB in your area I believe they also carry them

Maria1

12/08/2014 11:27 AM

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If you have Publix in your area, they have a brand called POMI tomatoes. They are so flavorful and wonderful. They come in a box instead of a can. http://pomi.us.com/home.php# Find Pomi on there site

osiecool

12/08/2014 11:55 AM

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I'd suggest quinoa as an alternative to barley. It works great in soups and stews.

kathylance

12/08/2014 12:42 PM

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Go to Vitacost.com for ordering health foods. Free shipping if you spend around $50. Good prices and will be delivered to your door! They also carry cleaning products and beauty products. I usually order once a month, so I never pay for shipping. :)

dneckles

12/08/2014 12:46 PM

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Im looking to make super convenient, by cooking a weeks batch of this and another recipe and having it during the week. Is it fair to assume that if I wanted double the amount Id double the ingredients and increase the time a bit? Thanks

cyberbus

12/08/2014 12:50 PM

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CARBS, CARBS, CARBS! How can this be healthy?
This comment was last edited on 12/08/2014 12:50 PM

Wendy F.

12/08/2014 01:47 PM

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Carbs, carbs, carbs--eh? Carbohydrates are HEALTHY. But you must learn which ones are healthy and which ones are not! Dr. Fuhrman says that beans are the most perfect food. I'm DEFINATELY going to try this one. And the fact it's in a crock pot, so much the better.

Luannel

12/08/2014 01:55 PM

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Sorry, reading these comments about the Barley, I'm confused.
Cook it outside the crockpot?

lesa

12/08/2014 02:39 PM

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I thank you for this recipe, it looks really good. Luannel: if I read right you add the barley the last hour of cooking in the crock pot. When I can't find tomatoe sauce I just puree a bunch of tomatoes in my blender and use them. I have cooked them some times, and other I have just put them in raw, when the recipe will cook for a while, I find it much easier than trying to find carton tomatoes in my grocery stores. I'm sorry for the person who has not read the books to understand carbs, fat and proteins. I will rate after I make it.

Sandi

12/08/2014 04:21 PM

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PABR, Trader Joe's, if there's one near you, now carries tomatoes in cans that are BPA-free.
This comment was last edited on 12/08/2014 04:22 PM

free2choose

12/08/2014 04:43 PM

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To LauraJim:
I'm sure it would still be good if you just left out the barley.
Alternatively, you could try Quinoa.

CarolLynn

12/08/2014 07:43 PM

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Carbs, carbs, carbs?! Cyberbus...can you say Fiber, Fiber, Fiber...and the good stuff. The complex carbs of veggies, fruits and beans are very important. In fact, after learning what I have about beans through Dr. Fuhrman's program and an area nutritionist, I try to make sure I get at least 1/2 c. daily...even adding them to my egg breakfasts (when I have them), and over salads for lunch. I find a better mental acuity when I eat them and hope that the high fiber content helps keep the pipes clean so the body can deal with fats correctly and help correct cholesterol numbers.

I can't wait to make this one! Yeah, beans!!!!

Osiecool and free2choose: Thanks for the suggestion of using Quinoa in place of barley. It was suggested that because of an allergy to wheat I stay away from gluten. Occasionally I get adventuresome and try a little of the other gluten grains. Recently tried barley in a soup but found that my stomach did not like it at all - first time for that. Have not found a recipe with quinoa that I found interesting but this sounds like the perfect chance.
This comment was last edited on 12/08/2014 07:58 PM

dukhniwaran

12/09/2014 02:11 AM

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Haven't made yet, but I bet this would be great with added vegetables. Zucchini, carrots, spinach, chard, kale, corn, onions, leeks, etc.--any combination I think would be good. It sounds sort of like the minestroni or vegetable soups that I make, and they are very yummy. I like it when I can make enough for lots of meals! My husband doesn't like it back-to-back nights though so I need to rotate.

Cyclist

12/09/2014 02:42 PM

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Can these ingredients be cut in half? 7 qt crock pot is huge--we have a 4 qt and cooking for two that's enough.

Wendy

12/09/2014 03:15 PM

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I do not have a crock pot. Any idea how long to cook on stove top?

susanpolivy

12/10/2014 11:32 AM

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I don't have a crock pot either but would like to try this. Any suggestions?

CarolLynn

12/10/2014 08:35 PM

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Cyclist: Yes, the recipe can be cut in half. I have a two-person household also and hubby is still dedicated to the SAD diet - a died in the wool meat and potatoes man. So I have cut recipes in half, and even in fourths if it is a super large recipe for years. If I have leftovers, I test how they will stand up to freezing. If it is ok after freezing, I don't hesitate to make a full recipe the next time and freeze in smaller portions so I can have "quick meals" or lunches on hand for busy weeks.

Wendy and susanpolivy: yes, you could easily cook this on the stove. I would cook it like I do my thick chilis - put the ingredients together, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover to simmer for 1-2 hours. If you use canned beans you might be able to reduce the cooking time to 30-45 minutes if the barley is done. I don't like chewy barley and tend to simmer those dishes longer. I'll have to learn different cooking times when I use the Quinoa instead.

BTW: Did you know you can pre-cook dried beans, drain them, spread them on a cookie sheet and set them in the freezer. When frozen, store in freezer in freezer bags or containers. They are ready to go when you need them.

Hope this all helped.
This comment was last edited on 12/10/2014 08:42 PM

Gsl8

12/14/2014 12:31 AM

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I just made this today and was not good. I had to toss it! Such a waste! Obviously not 3 stars but I couldn't change it to 0!

Pam

09/28/2015 04:10 PM

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I will try this recipe without the barley.

Pam

09/28/2015 04:10 PM

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I will try this recipe without the barley.

ajh42508

04/23/2017 05:09 PM

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Made this last night using quinoa instead of barley, and in the istantpot instead of the Crock-Pot, because sometimes my act is not all that together :-) it was very good! Added 2 onions, 8 oz cremini mushrooms, and two large carrots all diced up to up the veg. This almost doubled the volume of soup, so I doubled the seasoning. Also, if you're interested, I cooked it for 5 min on high pressure without the quinoa, then 5 more min on high with the quinoa and it came out perfectly. I think next time I'll add kale and use cannellini beans instead. It seems more like a chili that way it came out, but still really tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

GmR527 replies:

01/02/2018 11:04 AM

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Thanks for the instant pot conversion.

Howard F replies:

09/13/2018 08:45 AM

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When using the instant pot how are the cooking times changed?

Howard F replies:

09/13/2018 08:49 AM

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Did it only take 10 minutes with the instant pot.Did you use cooked beans? If not how would you incorporate uncooked beans?

Howard F

09/13/2018 08:48 AM

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Did it only take 10 minutes with the instant pot.Did you use cooked beans? If not how would you incorporate uncooked beans?