Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew

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It’s the first day of Autumn! 🍁 Time to pull out the thick sweaters, jeans, and boots! There are so many fun things to do in the fall – football games, chili cook-offs, festivals, and marching band competitions. 🏈☕🎶 It’s also time for soul-warming comfort foods, especially the Crock Pot variety. Come home from your grand adventures rosy-cheeked and windblown to the wonderful scents of a savory stew ready to eat when you are. Add a nice hunk of warm buttered bread drizzled with honey to your plate and lay a fire in the grate. Life doesn’t get much better than that. 😊

Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness

This is basically the same dish as the Autumn Harvest Stew oven version. Add whatever root vegetables you have on hand. This batch is sans the potatoes and/or rutabagas simply because I was out. Our favorite smoked sausage has always been Eckridge Skinless. It’s not easy to find in my area so when I do, I grab enough for several meals and freeze the packages. Use whatever you love best.

I didn’t add all the seasonings to this batch as I normally do since I used pre-seasoned diced tomatoes. It definitely wouldn’t have hurt to sprinkle on a few more herbs in this case.

Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew

1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into disks
4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 rutabaga (or 2-3 turnips), peeled and cubed
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 small head of cabbage, cut into small chunks
1 (14.5 oz.) can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, & Oregano
1 (14.5 oz.) can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Rosemary & Oregano
Salt & pepper, each layer

Add if using plain diced tomatoes:
Mix all of the following together in a small bowl and sprinkle some on each layer:

1/2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. rosemary

Layer the vegetables in a Crock Pot or slow cooker in this order: carrots, rutabaga, celery, potatoes, and cabbage, sprinkling a little of the herbs, salt, and pepper over each layer.

Spread diced tomatoes (including liquid) over the cabbage layer then top with the sliced smoked sausage. Sprinkle a little more of the seasonings over all.

Cover and turn Crock Pot to low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours, until root vegetables are fork-tender. Stir entire contents to distribute the meat and vegetables evenly at end of cooking.

Serve with warm crusty bread, if desired.

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Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours

Yield: 4-6 servings

Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into disks
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 rutabaga (or 2-3 turnips), peeled and cubed
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 small head of cabbage, cut into small chunks
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can Hunt's Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, & Oregano
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can Hunt's Diced Tomatoes with Rosemary & Oregano
  • Salt & pepper, each layer
  • Add if using plain diced tomatoes:
  • Mix all of the following together in a small bowl and sprinkle some on each layer:
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary

Instructions

  1. Layer the vegetables in a Crock Pot or slow cooker in this order: carrots, rutabaga, celery, potatoes, and cabbage, sprinkling a little of the herbs, salt, and pepper over each layer.
  2. Spread diced tomatoes (including liquid) over the cabbage layer then top with the sliced smoked sausage. Sprinkle a little more of the seasonings over all.
  3. Cover and turn Crock Pot to low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours, until root vegetables are fork-tender. Stir entire contents to distribute the meat and vegetables evenly at end of cooking.
  4. Serve with warm crusty bread, if desired.
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