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This slow cooker sausage and zucchini stew is so easy to make in a pot over the stove or in a slow cooker. It’s simple and extremely flavorful and satisfying. Anytime I make this stew to bring to a gathering I always get compliments and come home with an empty dish!

You could use any type of ground meat that you like for this slow cooker sausage and zucchini stew. Or, if you prefer sliced sausage, you can use that too. I love using sliced beef sausage to mix it up from time to time.

If you are using ground meat, one thing you can do is season your own plain ground meat so you can control the ingredients and make sure that you’re not getting any artificial flavorings or preservatives. A lot of pre-made sausages is going to have some unsavory ingredients in them, so make sure you read the label.

I’ve included the recipe for my sausage seasoning below. You can use the seasoned meat of your choice in any recipe from meatballs to breakfast sausage. I love it on ground turkey, ground beef, and ground chicken. If you’re a fan of lamb, it would be delicious on there too!

Making Your Slow Cooker Sausage and Zucchini Stew

Now for the slow cooker sausage and zucchini stew. I throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and set it on low and by dinner time the house will be smelling wonderful!

I do brown up the ground meat or the sliced sausage before I throw it into the slow cooker. It gives the stew a nice rich flavor, but if you are short on time, you can skip this step and the Slow Cooker Sausage and Zucchini Stew will still be delicious!

The sugar in the recipe isn’t totally necessary so you can omit it if you want. The little hint of sweetness helps balance out the other flavors, but it’s equally as delicious without the sweeteners too.

Serve this stew with a salad and sliced artisan bread to round out the meal. This also makes excellent leftovers. As a matter of fact, I think it tastes better the next day!

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Zucchini Stew :: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free

Slow Cooker Sausage and Zucchini Stew :: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

This fast and easy meal is perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Plus, it makes great leftovers so you might consider doubling the recipe for lunches!


  • 1 lb. ground or sliced sausage of your choice
  • 2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cup cut up zucchini
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic frozen corn (totally optional, but my hubby loves it when I add this in!)
  • 28 oz. organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. real salt
  • 1 tsp. unrefined sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil


  1. Brown meat first then place all ingredients into the slow cooker (either a traditional slow cooker or the Instant Pot).
  2. Cook on low for 6+ hours.
  3. Remove from heat and serve with salad and bread. Enjoy!


If you are short on time, you can skip the browning of the meat, but it does lend some rich flavor to the stew. Don't forget you can use your Instant Pot's slow cooker setting for this recipe!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 675mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

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What is your favorite slow cooker meal? Leave a comment below!

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