Slow Cooker Holiday Pork Stew

Slow-cooker meals are easy on the cook. This Christmas pork stew is a no-watch recipe loaded with flavor from kielbasa, carrots, onions, and cannellini beans.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
90 mins


  • 1 ½ pound pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 16 ounce kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 2 cup 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 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped tomato or halved cherry tomatoes (optional)

  • 1 Crumb Topper

Crumb Topper

  • 1 ½ cup coarse French bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  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:

  1. 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

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
20g Fat
32g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1063mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 13.6mg 68%
Calcium 131.3mg 10%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 961mg 20%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.