Autumn Harvest Stew – A Lovely, Hearty Meal


The cold weather has hit with a vengeance, hasn’t it? Makes you want to hunker down in front of a crackling fire with a steaming bowl of something filling and delicious. Like this Autumn Harvest Stew.☺

Autumn Harvest Stew - A Hearty Meal | Culinary Craftiness

If you don’t have a fireplace, put an electric heater at your feet, wrap yourself in a blanket. And find a cheerful fire simulation video for your computer monitor. Click HD and Full Screen on this video and sit back for a spell. Save it to a dvd and watch it on TV if you have to. 🙂

I found this one that rolls for 2 hours. But there are many more out there of varying lengths and styles. Now with the Youtube channel on Roku, Firestick, et al, it’s easier than ever to put a cozy fire on your screen. 🔥

Autumn Harvest Stew

As for the delicious something, this Autumn Harvest Stew hits the spot. A few pungent herbs, root vegetables, and smoked sausage lend great flavor to this dish. Add a slice or two of some crusty buttered bread and you’ll not give a fig about how cold it is outside. This is sure to make you sigh with contentment. 😊

Here’s a Crock Pot version.

Autumn Harvest Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Autumn Harvest Stew

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness


  • 2 lbs. smoked sausage, cut into disks
  • 4-5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large rutabaga (or 2-3 turnips), peeled and cubed
  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 large stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 small head of cabbage, cut into small chunks
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 cup water


  1. Set oven to 350°F. Put water in a large roasting pan.
  2. Layer the vegetables in this order: carrots, rutabaga, celery, potatoes, and cabbage, sprinkling a little of the herbs and seasonings over each layer.
  3. Spread the sliced smoked sausage over the cabbage and finish with the can of tomatoes, including the liquid. Sprinkle a little more of the seasonings over all.
  4. Cover and bake for 2-3 hours, until root vegetables are fork-tender. Stir entire contents to distribute the meat and vegetables evenly.
  5. Serve with a crusty bread, if desired.


Crock Pot version -

Happy eating!

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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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