Hearty Meatball Stew

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
30 min
40 min

4 servings

  • Meatballs:
  • 1 slice white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces
  • 8 ounces 20-percent-fat ground beef (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 sweet mild Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Hearty Meatball Stew:
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound large white mushrooms, quartered
  • One 8 to 10-ounce russet potato, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1/3-inch slices
  • 4 ounces green beans, trimmed, cut into 1-inch-long pieces
  • One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

For the meatballs: Place the bread and 3 tablespoons water into a medium bowl. Mash to a paste with a spatula. Add the beef, sausage, egg, parsley, salt and pepper. Blend the mixture thoroughly with your hands or a flexible spatula. Form the mixture into 10 to 16 meatballs. Arrange the meatballs on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet until ready to use.

For the hearty meatball stew: Sprinkle the meatballs with the flour and turn to coat with any flour still on the foil. Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Drop the meatballs into the skillet, spaced apart. Cook until the bottoms are set and brown, about 2 minutes. Using a flexible thin spatula, turn each meatball onto an uncooked side and cook until the bottoms are set and brown, about 2 minutes longer. Turn and cook a third side, until set and brown, about another 2 minutes, so the meatballs are browned and set all over. Transfer the meatballs to a large plate.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, peppers, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Cook until soft, 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and the remaining salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, beans, tomatoes, red pepper flakes and broth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook until the potatoes are tender and the meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes.

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    Great for cold weather tailgate! Used fresh vegetables but I did use frozen Costco meatballs. Tasted great and the pot was empty!
    Sorry, I just did not find this worth the time. The veggies seemed oddly proportioned and added a distracting texture in the meal. The sauce was much too thin for me. The meatballs were nicely flavored, but I have to say the only thing I really took away from this recipe is to try the flour coating on my next meatball attempt. It gets them nicely browned. And I didn't have any difficulty keeping the meatballs formed while they were cooking - the consistency was perfect.
    It was delicious!
    Aaah it was really good the only thing I change was the mushrooms for eggplant i can't eat mushrooms Allergic but it was delicious am making again
    I made this 100% the way it was written and it was amazing! The whole family loved it, even my picky veggie eating boys! Great comfort food! I made early in the day reheated at dinner adding frozen green beans at the end. DO NOT USE FROZEN MEATBALLS..... That is the STAR!
    Great recipe, and made a few variations. I used ground turkey instead of the ground beef. Maybe that's why my meatballs became meat patties. Nonetheless, it was still amazing!
    I just added a tad of cumin to the soup and meatballs, otherwise followed recipe exactly as Giada made it in the video, browning the vegatables alittle. Absolutely delicious!!!!!!
    To save time I used frozen meatballs. May have altered the taste of the soup, but it still tasted delicious. This is a great one-pot recipe!
    This one of my go to recipes on this site. I like how the red pepper flakes bring some heat to the stew. I also swapped the potatoes with egg noodles for the starch.
    Lots of good things in this recipe! I will probably use the meatballs in other recipes. I added garlic to the stew in between the onions and peppers, and mushrooms. Also served with rigatoni on the side. It made a nice addition. A good "clean the pantry and 'fridge" recipe!
    I saw Giada make this yesterday morn duinr her Giada at Home show and watching her do it was really important since alot of the process steps didn't translate to the recipe found online. I encouraged my friend to make it for her family the same night and she didn't see the episode but just followed the recipe online and hers didn't come out as good. Mine was fantastic and so filling. She also attempted to double the recipe and that may have something to do with it also. She said it seemed as if it didn't have enough salt. Whereas my version was perfectly seasoned. There were a few things done in the episode that I think helped enhance the flavor profile - i.e. the saute of the potatoes under the other veggies and other little nuances that didn't get captured in the text. Overall, for my fam, it was sooo good and I will definately add it to my goto box for quick, easy and economical meal ideas.
    What an amazing meal!!! I had never made meatballs before, I can't believe I've been missing out for so long! Delicious! And the soup is very healthy and hearty (like the name says. I know I will be making this a lot this winter!
    My friend has made this several times, and I have been the lucky recepient! I am making it tonight! I think it rocks.
    This turned out great! Used the juices in the diced tomato can to make make sure it had enough liquid. Family loved it! Next time though, will double the green beans and halve the pepper. The meatballs were so tender, will make those for other recipes too.
    This was absolutely wonderful. My husband just loved it. I will make it again and again.
    Delicious! I didn't have a red pepper but I shredded carrots and added fresh baby spinach. It was amazing. As well, I did not have red meat so I substituted ground chicken and added an extra sausage. I made a larger portion so I can freeze half for a busy work week. Another plus is that my husband didn't mind eating his veggies! Amazing, Giada!
    A Keeper!! I used kidney beans instead, added 2 cloves grated garlic. I'm amazed at the flavor despite how easy and only a few ingredients goes in. We loved it!
    Looking forward to making it for my son when he comes home from college, he will enjoy it so much! Thanks Giada, simple yet so goooood!!!!
    This was one of the most delicious dishes I have ever cooked; however, I wasn't prepared for the length of time it took. It took me twice as long to prep and more than twice as long to cook (the potatoes and beans wouldn't soften as the recipe promised. I was reluctant to try it again, but my family loved it so much I will give it another shot, but start an hour earlier.
    Loved this one! It was flavorful, tasty, and a wonderful way to get in veggies all in one serving! I served this with a dinner roll, and Bam.........it was yummy! I plan on taking some of this to work for a delicious lunch. This one's a winner; a new family favorite!
    Such great flavor! Like others, I used spicy Italian sausage, and a clove of garlic, minced, in the stew base. It's such a nice complement of vegetables. Both times I've made it, I've added an extra cup of chicken broth because I like a brothy stew.It takes a little longer than the 20 minutes.
    Excellent flavor and easy to make.
    Beyond Delicious!! The flavor of the vegetables with the meatballs is awesome. I plan to make again and again. Thanks Giada! 
    Absolutely loved it. The only change I made was to use the spicy Italian sausage, yum-O! Will have it again for sure.
    I've made this for y crew at the fire station twice now and it was a huge hit. Feeding a crowd of critical eaters is never easy but this hits the stop and makes me look like a star!
    This was DELICIOUS!!! I'm Hispanic so I just HAD to put it over white rice with an avocado salad on the side. I can't wait to make this again!
    This stew is very good first time I made it, the red pepper gives just the right kick. I made cheese biscuits also, my family loved this meal. Will be making this again.
    This recipe was excellent! My husband and I enjoyed every last bite. The only thing I changed was doubling the green beans. Great for a rainy day.
    Loved this the first time I made it and so did my husband. This is the type of meal I enjoy.
    I did not have sausage on hand, so I tried making it with beef and turkey. While everything tasted good, it was a little bland. I assume this is because I subbed the turkey in place of sausage. My fiance and I just weren't crazy about it. Even if it had been spicier, it just didn't fit my idea of "comfort foods" as it was billed. Still love your cooking and that smile Giada!
    Delicious! My whole family loved it the first time I made it, I am making it again tonight for dinner. Thanks Giada.
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