Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

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Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley.  It's an easy family dinner. 

Are your weeknight dinners frazzled?  I hear you!  I used to be there too.  And if I don’t turn to my easy dinner arsenal, I can be right back there again!  BUT, this Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is yet another dinner to help make your life easier!  

This Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is loaded with flavor and texture.  With each spoonful you get a smokey and salty bite flavor from the pork, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion.  Carrots balance out this dish with a slightly sweet and tender bite.  Finally, the pork is so moist and fork tender.  But the best part is that this entire dinner can be made in the slow cooker during the day.  Or you can make it ahead in the oven and then reheat on a busy weeknight!

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THE MAGICAL SLOW COOKER

One of the easiest ways to make family dinners on busy weeknights is using a slow cooker!   You can put all of the ingredients into the pot and then set and forget.  The slow cooker does all of the work and you get a home filled with wonderful aromas and a hot meal just waiting to be enjoyed!  I have had the same slow cooker for years and there is absolutely nothing fancy about it.  But it’s never let me down and I never feel the need to get any other machines.  Check out my Shop page to see the slow cooker I would get today if I were going to replace mine!  It has a browning pot so you don’t have to dirty a second pan!

Here are a few of my family’s favorite slow cooker dinners:

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EQUIPMENT FOR THIS PORK STEW RECIPE

I made this recipe in a slow cooker.

However, you could also make it in the oven in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid. To make this stew in the oven, follow the instructions for adding all of the ingredients. Then bake covered in the oven at 400 F degrees for 1-1.5 hours until the pork is fork tender.

And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR PORK STEW RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) ahead!

What can I say, this one is super easy!  The only thing you need to do for this recipe is prep the veggies and then mix everything in the slow cooker insert.

Up to 5 days ahead, you can peel and dice the carrots and onion. Also peel and mince the garlic.  These can be stored together in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

What else can I add to the stew?

For veggies, there are lots of options!  Veggies that can be added in from the start of the cooking are: creamer (baby gold) potatoes halved, sweet potato cubes, butternut squash cubes, celery slices, diced parsnips, or bell peppers.  Veggies that you will want to add in just the last hour are: kale, zucchini slices, or other soft vegetables that can get mushy.  Spinach can be added after the cooking is done and will wilt down in the hot stew in just minutes.

You can also add in egg noodles in the last hour and they should cook through for you!  Or you can add cooked rice or cooked quinoa.  

COOK YOUR PORK STEW RECIPE

Well, it doesn’t get much easy than this!  Just add the onion, carrots, and pork to the slow cooker insert. Then add the paprika, minced garlic, dried oregano, crushed bouillon cubes, water, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.

Adding paprika to raw pork and veggies in slow cooker insert for Paprika Pork Stew Recipe with carrots, onion, parsley.

All ingredients in slow cooker insert for Paprika Pork Stew Recipe with carrots, onion, parsley.

Turn the slow cooker to 6, 8, or 10 hours depending on your schedule.

Serve in a bowl by itself or over noodles and enjoy!

Can I freeze the stew?

Yes!  Absolutely!  This is a wonderful meal to make a ton of and then portion out for freezing. You can either freeze all of the ingredients raw and then add them to the slow cooker frozen.  In this case, you will wait to add the water until you are ready to cook.  Freeze the rest of the ingredients, then add them to the slow cooker frozen with the water, and set to 8 hours.

If you want to cook and then freeze, I like to first cool it in the fridge.  Then transfer it into freezer storage bags that can freeze flat and then be neatly stacked.  However, you can also freeze it in reusable plastic storage containers or glass freezer-safe containers.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley. It's an easy family dinner. 

Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

This Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is loaded with flavor and texture.  With each spoonful you get a smokey and salty bite flavor from the pork, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion.  Carrots balance out this dish with a slightly sweet and tender bite.  Finally, the pork is so moist and fork tender.  But the best part is that this entire dinner can be made in the slow cooker during the day.  Or you can make it ahead in the oven and then reheat on a busy weeknight! #porkstew #porkrecipes #easydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef stew, crock pot, pork, Pork stew, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 283 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Pork stew meat, cubed
  • 1 Onion, yellow or 3 small shallots
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 4 Chicken or Beef Bouillon Cubes, crushed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 cups Water

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Peel and dice the carrots. Peel and dice the onion. Peel and mince the garlic.

Cook your Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

  1. Add the onion, carrots, and pork to the slow cooker insert. Then add the paprika, minced garlic, dried oregano, crushed bouillon cubes, water, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.

    All ingredients in slow cooker insert for Paprika Pork Stew Recipe with carrots, onion, parsley.
  2. Turn the slow cooker to 6, 8, or 10 hours depending on your schedule.

  3. Serve in a bowl by itself or over noodles and enjoy!

    Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley. It's an easy family dinner. 

One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

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Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot with ladle scooping.  It's silky and creamy with  onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Man, do I love me a good creamy soup!  But toss in some cheesy tortellini and salty sausage and I am in heaven.  That’s what we have here with my One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup.  The base is a silky, creamy chicken broth thickened with a simple roux and milk.  Carrots, onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  Oregano brings an herb-y flavor and the tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

You know what makes this recipe even better?  It cooks entirely in ONE POT!  Talk about easy clean up and a super easy Dinner!

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Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Balanced Meal in One Pot

The beauty of this Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup is that is a complete and balanced meal with protein, grains, vegetables all in one pot.  There are many pasta recipes out there that tout their easy preparation in one pot or pan.  But to be fully balanced, they really need to provide protein and vegetables too.

Here are some other balanced One Pot or Pan Meals to try!

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl with spoonful of soup above bowl. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

For this recipe, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven is great.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

As this is a One Pot meal, everything cooks in stages in one singular large pot!  However, you could speed things up a bit by searing the zucchini in a separate pan while you make the soup.  I would still sear the sausage in the soup pot, however, as it imparts great flavor to the soup.

For the prep, you can peel and dice the carrots and onions up to 4 days ahead, along with with the minced the garlic.  These 3 veggies can be stored together.

You can also slice the zucchini and the sausage into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and store separately in the fridge up to 3 days in advance.

Can I use raw or pork sausage?

Yes, you definitely can add in the sausage of your choice.  Raw Italian sausage links would be great and are traditional.  Simply buy the meat in bulk or squeeze it out of the links to cook it before the soup.  

What else can be added to this soup?

I love the sweetness of the carrots and hearty bite of the zucchini in this soup.  But there are many other veggies that would be great in here.  You could add kale, spinach, mushrooms, or peas.  You can also add in white beans for more protein and to bulk it up.  It’s really up to you and your family preferences here, so have fun with it!

COOK YOUR SAUSAGE AND TORTELLINI SOUP

Preheat the large pot on Medium heat. Add Olive Oil and then the sliced zucchini in a single layer. Cook on the first side for 3-4 minutes to brown. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Do the same with the sausage and transfer to the same plate with the zucchini.

Sausage slices in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Add another tsp of olive oil to the pot and add the carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the butter, olive oil, and flour. Stir so all flour is moistened and combined with the veggies. Whisk in the milk.

Carrots and onions in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Flour being added to carrots and onions in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Milk added to roux and carrots in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Stir in the broth and then bring soup up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add back the sausage and the zucchini, plus the frozen tortellini. Stir, then cover and bring to a simmer, then cook for a final 10 minutes until the tortellini are warmed through.

Thickened soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

Tortellini added to soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 

How many days ahead can I make this?

You can cook this entire soup up to 5 days in advance!  Store it in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.  You can also portion it out and freeze it for up to 4 months.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a large pot on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup in a bowl on table. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
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One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

This One Pot Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup is just heavenly and so easy to make ahead for an easy family dinner!  The base is a silky, creamy chicken broth thickened with a simple roux and milk.  Carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  Finally the salty and cheesy tortellini round out this hearty and complete balanced one-pot meal! #onepotmeals #easysoups #tortellinisoup #easyfamilydinners

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken sausage, chicken soup, easy dinner, One Pot Meal, soup, Tortellini, zucchini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 571 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Zucchini and Sausage

  • 1 Large Zucchini
  • 4 Precooked Chicken Sausage links
  • 4 teaspoons Olive oil

Other Soup Ingredients

  • 1 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced (3 cloves)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 cups Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 12 ounces Frozen Cheese Tortellini

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Peel and dice the carrots and onions. Mince the garlic.

  2. Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise and then slice those halves in half. Slice into 1/2 inch triangles. Slice the sausage links into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.

Cook

  1. Preheat the large pot on Medium heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Olive Oil to the pot and then the sliced zucchini in a single layer. Cook on the first side for 3-4 minutes to brown. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. To the same pot, add another 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and then the sausage slices in a single layer. Sear the sausage on the first side for 5-6 minutes. Stir to flip the pieces over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to the same plate with the zucchini.

    Sausage slices in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
  3. Add another tsp of olive oil to the pot and add the carrots, onions, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the butter, olive oil, and flour. Stir so all flour is moistened and combined with the veggies. Whisk in the milk.

    Milk added to roux and carrots in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite! 
  4. Stir in the broth and then bring soup up to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Add back the sausage and the zucchini, plus the frozen tortellini. Stir, then cover and bring to a simmer, then cook for a final 10 minutes until the tortellini are warmed through. Enjoy!

    Tortellini added to soup in pot for Creamy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup. It's silky and creamy with onions, garlic, Chicken sausage, and zucchini bring so much flavor and texture.  The tortellini give that delicious salty, creamy, hearty bite!