This sausage stew reminds me so much of home. Every winter, my dad would make this stew and it’s become one of my cold-weather favorites. It’s one of those dishes that warms you to your core. Cue thoughts of your coziest blankets. Are you snuggled on the couch yet?
When we were brainstorming fall recipes this stew immediately came to mind. The Test Kitchen took my dad’s recipe and altered it for the slow cooker. It tastes just like the original but can be made in larger batches in the slow cooker, either leaving you with leftovers or allowing you to feed a crowd or large family.
Sausage and tortellini stew combines some of my favorite ingredients - hot Italian sausage (you can substitute sweet), squash, corn (use canned or frozen if you have it on hand or fresh in the summer months), red wine (any excuse to open a bottle of wine is a good excuse), and of course, pasta. The tortellini in this stew make the dish in my opinion. Not only does the pasta make this that much more of a stick-to-your-bones dish, the cheesy filling pairs well with the heat of the sausage and the rich broth.
What’s great about this dish is that somehow it only gets better. My favorite way to eat this stew is actually the next day (don’t tell my dad). The flavors marry overnight and the heat of the sausage and the depth of broth are only heightened the second time around.
If you are looking for a go-to stew as the leaves begin to fall and the weather cools, do my dad a solid and make this stew. It’s simple and flavorful and would work well as either a fall family dinner or as an addition to a potluck. Pour yourself a little of that pre-opened red wine and from my family to yours, enjoy.