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Mamma Mia Italian Stew- Slow Cooker Alert!


This was so easy to throw together late in the morning on Saturday and then dinner was ready just before we sat down to watch some College football.  I love recipes like this.  It is not quite a “magic pot” recipe as you do have to cook the Italian sausage prior to putting it in the slow cooker, but other than that —easy!

I found this recipe via some link to myrecipes.com back in August.  Everyone was happy with it and I think my girls tried some vegetables that they normally would never try (I didn’t reveal the contents until everyone had eaten!).  This made just enough to feed four….but it was our only thing besides some bread.  So you could stretch it if you had not only bread but also a big salad.  I think when we have some holiday company I may try to have this again but I will put in twice as much sausage and a tad more vegetables.

Mamma Mia Italian Stew

Brown in a non-stick pan:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (I used sweet as my girls don’t go for the hot version.  Also I browned it in the links and then chopped it into bite-sized pieces after it was cooked through)

Combine in a large slow cooker:

  • the cooked sausage- sliced
  • 1 eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced green beans (I used frozen Trader Joe’s green beans)
  • 2 green peppers, sliced
  • 1 potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 1 yellow squash, cubed (next time I will peel the squash or at least take off some of the peel…it wasn’t very good)
  • 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 15 oz can Italian-style tomato sauce (yes they actually do have this…I had never purchased any prior to this but basically it is tomato sauce with Italian seasonings all in it.  So you could use plain tomato sauce and add seasonings yourself if you needed to)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

That is what the recipe says then I added, all to my taste:

  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • dried thyme
  • white pepper

Stir everything well.

Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
It was so easy.  Definitely one you could prep the night before and then dump into the slow cooker just before you walk out the door for work or a busy day running errands.

I also made a Slab Apple Pie for dessert.


While Dad’s Away, the Kitchen Will Play


Brad is out of town at a convention so that means EASY Dinners for those left at home!  Last night we had frozen waffles.  Once again, some fresh fruit and whipped topping make it seem like a treat!  We don’t have a toaster oven so rather than toast two at a time, I put about six on my cooking stone and heat them in the oven, turning them once after they are crisp on the top. 

Tonight we will be having Quick & Cheesy Sausage Rotini.  I originally found the recipe on www.kraftfoods.com but have tweaked it just a bit to fit our taste buds.  This one is quick and easy and both girls love it.

Quick and Cheesy Sausage Rotini

  • rotini pasta
  • 1 lb Italian sausage links, cut into bite-size pieces (cooking scissors work great to chop them into pieces)
  • 2- 15 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained.  (I often have them with basil, oregano and garlic—they are fine to use or just plain diced)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

Cook 2 1/2 cups rotini pasta as directed on the package.

Meanwhile, cook the sausage on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked through, stirring occasionally.  Drain sausage and return it to the skillet.  Add tomatoes, liquid and all, the onions and dressing.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the onions are crisp and tender, stir occasionally.

Drain the pasta once it is done.  Toss with the sausage mixture and 1/2 cup of the cheese.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over the top- if desired.  Or if you are cutting back then just serve it on up.  We’ve done that too!

I probably will just chop up an apple, open a can of peas and call it a meal!

Now, tomorrow night I’m thinking eating pool-side at the pool club.  Pizza is the easiet thing to just order and have delivered, but that would mean Em would have pizza for lunch and pizza for dinner.  One day like that can’t hurt, right?

Next, I have to figure out what to make for Father’s Day.  Don’t you just hate it when the man of the house says, “oh, it doesn’t matter to me” when you ask him what he would like to eat on his special day?  I bet he really does have an opinion.  I would love to fire up the grill on Sunday, but that means the Father would have to cook on Father’s Day- so that probably won’t fly.  I did find some great desserts to choose from in an old Bon Appetit Book we have.  I will let you know what we end up doing!