Crockpot Meatball and Potato Stew

Crockpot Meatball and Potato Stew
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  • 10 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings
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This hearty and delicious Crockpot Meatball and Potato Stew recipe is so easy to make and cooks all by itself all day in your crockpot. It's the perfect recipe for a cold winter day, and the aroma that will greet you when you open the door in the evening is incredible.

You can purchase frozen precooked meatballs for this recipe, or make your own. The meatballs do have to be cooked before they are combined with the other ingredients in this recipe. If you put uncooked meatballs into the slow cooker, they will make the mixture greasy and may fall apart before they are cooked. Any meatballs you add should be fully cooked, since uncooked ground beef just doesn't work in the slow cooker.

Other vegetables could be added to this recipe too. Stir in a bag of frozen peas during the last hour of cooking time. Add some green beans during the last two hours. Cubed bell peppers would be good added in the last two hours of cooking time. Try different types of potatoes too. Yukon Gold potatoes would be a nice change from russet potatoes. Or add cubed parsnips or turnips instead of the potatoes.

Evaporated milk is used to thicken this recipe and add body because it is more stable when heated than heavy cream or half and half. Dairy products can break or curdle when cooked. The cornstarch and milk mixture thickens the stew to a wonderful consistency.

Serve this wonderful recipe with some rolls hot out of the oven, or some freshly baked cornbread. A crisp green salad tossed with strawberries, or with sliced mushrooms and cherry or grape tomatoes is a welcome contrast to the comforting, warm stew. Enjoy every tasty bite.

What You'll Need

  • 1-pound package frozen meatballs
  • 4 russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced or cubed
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag baby carrots
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans ready to serve beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

How to Make It

Spray a 4 or 5 quart crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.

Place meatballs, potatoes, baby carrots, onion, and garlic in the slow cooker. Add broth, water, parsley, marjoram, basil, salt, and pepper and mix gently.

Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 9-11 hours.

Mix evaporated milk and cornstarch; add during last hour and cook until thoroughly heated and thickened. 4-6 servings

If you have a new hotter cooking crockpot cook on low for 6-8 hours.