A Recipe To Share

When we have even a slight cool down here in Arizona, I start pulling out our favorite recipes for soups, stews & chili.  The current cool down is into the 80's, which isn't cool to most; but when you've lived through the summer here & experience 115 or higher, 80 requires a sweater!  Anyway, I love cooking all the time, but more so in the fall & winter.  This recipe has become one of our favorites & I can't remember where I got it.  I guess I've tweaked it enough that I can probably call it my own.

Meatball Stew
Serves 4
Slow-cook 3 1/2 hours on high, or 5 hours on low

You can make your favorite recipe for beef meatballs if you like, but I use frozen turkey meatballs that I get from Costco.  FYI -- I use turkey in place of beef almost exclusively.  For this recipe, I use 3 meatballs per serving, but for heartier eaters, you might want to add a few more.

Add to pot:
1 bag (16 oz) baby carrots
3 or 4 large parsnips, cut into 1" long pieces
1 med.-size onion, chopped

Top with the meatballs (if using frozen, no need to thaw)

Mix together:
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup beef broth (or chicken or vegetable broth)
1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Drizzle over the meat & vegetables

Cook as directed above or until parsnips are tender.

Stir together:
1/4 tsp. each salt & pepper
1 T. parsley
1/4 cup ketchup
1 T. broth
1 T. cornstarch
Gently stir into slow cooker.  Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.

My Southern upbringing comes out when I make something like this & I have to make cornbread to go with.  This is a super easy and healthy meal.

Hope you give it a try.  It smells so good while it's cooking.

Thanks for stopping by, & I hope you come back soon.


  1. Yum! My guys love those prefab Italian meatballs from Sam's and it's cold and drizzling rain in NC today. Perfect weather for this. But, what exactly is a parsnip? I'm embarrassed to say I haven't a clue.

  2. Yay, I feel so much better! I had never had a parsnip until I made this recipe the first time. They come in a pkg. like carrots, and they look like carrots except they are white or cream. The flavor is very tasty & kind of like turnips/rutabagas. My DH had never had them either but liked them. You really don't have to be restrictive with this dish. You could add a few potatoes or other vegetables of your liking. Hope you enjoy.


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