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Slow Cooker Holiday Pork Stew

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 30 mins Bake 15 mins Cook 1 hr
Slow Cooker Holiday Pork Stew
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  pounds  pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 16  ounces  kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2  cups  chopped onions
  • 2  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 2 15  ounce can  cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6  carrots, peeled and sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 14  ounce can  reduced-sodium chicken broth* or 1-3/4 cups water
  • 3  tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped tomato or halved cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • 1  Crumb Topper
Directions

1. In a 6- to 7-quart slow cooker combine pork shoulder, kielbasa, onions, garlic, beans, carrots, chicken broth, tomato paste, thyme, and pepper. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Stir in tomatoes. Cover and cook 10 minutes more.

2. Turn pork mixture into shallow 3-quart freezer-to-oven casserole dish. Freeze, covered, up to 1 month. Prepare and freeze Crumb Topper up to 1 month. Makes 8 servings.

To serve::

3. Thaw casserole and Crumb Topper in refrigerator 2 days ahead of serving. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake casserole, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 15 to 20 minutes more or until heated through.

Crumb Topper
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  cups  coarse French bread crumbs
  • 1/4  cup  chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4  cup  finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
Directions

1. Crumb Topper: In a resealable freezer bag combine bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

Nutrition Facts (Slow Cooker Holiday Pork Stew)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 430,
  • Fat, total (g) 20,
  • chol. (mg) 95,
  • sat. fat (g) 6,
  • carb. (g) 32,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 10,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 8,
  • sugar (g) 6,
  • pro. (g) 36,
  • vit. A (IU) 7969,
  • vit. C (mg) 14,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 1,
  • Niacin (mg) 7,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 40,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 1063,
  • Potassium (mg) 961,
  • calcium (mg) 131,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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