Sunday, August 11, 2013

Italian Giambotta! Mom called it vegetable stew!!

 Family Favorite!

Mom used to make this easy summer stew and grandpa called it Giambotta!   I guess that is what he had known it to be called when he was a young boy. I didn't have any recipe but remember how Mom made her version so here goes. I decided to try mine with some loose Italian sausage today but Mom made hers a meatless stew.

Happy Baking and Cooking!


I bought these beans both green and purple at the market.  When the purple ones cook they turn green. 

1/4 cup olive oil
1 to 2  medium onion sliced thin
3 carrots sliced in pieces
1 large can diced or crushed tomatoes(you can use tomato sauce)
3 cloves garlic minced
3 or 4 fresh basil leaves or 1 tsp. dried basil
1 small zucchini washed and cut in pieces
1/2 lb. or more green beans broken in half  (you can use flat Italian beans as well)
1 large green pepper, orange, yellow or red cleaned and cut in pieces
2 to 3 medium potatoes cubed (optional)
1/2 lb. mini meatballs or Italian Sausage (optional) salt and pepper

In a large pot place olive oil.  On medium heat, add sausage and onion.  Cook until sausage is browned and onion is tender.  Add garlic, carrots, green pepper, beans, salt and pepper. Stir all together and add tomatoes and basil.   Cook slowly over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes.  Add potatoes and green beans.  Cook with lid partially covered until potatoes and beans are tender approximately 1 hour.  Note:  To speed  up the stew, you can partially cook potatoes and beans separately and fold into tomatoes.

*Crusty Italian Bread was always included in our meal! Great for dipping!!


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