All your fave pot pie flavors stuffed in a scrumptious stew!
Our Veggie Stew has that same pot pie taste you love without the additional calories and fat of a traditional pot pie. You’ll love the taste, the health benefits, and the low calorie count of this comfort food stew.
Slow Cooker Veggie Pot Pie Stew
- 1 onion small
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1 sweet potato large, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
- 3 carrots sliced
- 1 chayote squash small, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes (or, vegetable of choice)
- 1 cup green beans fresh or frozen
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- kosher or sea salt to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth low sodium
- 2 cups low fat milk (I used 1%) Note: Skim does not work for this recipe
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch optional
- 2 tablespoons water optional
- Add all ingredients, except milk, cornstarch & water, to the slow cooker, cover and cook on low 8-9 hours, or until carrots are tender. The last 30 minutes of cooking time, combine cornstarch and water, add to slow cooker, stir. Add milk, stir, cover and continue cooking until thickened.
- Optional thickening method: The last 30 minutes of cooking time, remove 1 cup broth & veggies, mash with a fork and return to slow cooker, stir. Cover and continue cooking 30 additional minutes.
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This did not turn out for me. The milk curdled in the crock pot and was brown not white and creamy like in the picture. It doesn't appear that I've done anything incorrectly. Ideas?
Clare, Did you use skim milk? Skim milk does not work well in these types of recipes..a little fat is necessary.
Yep! That's exactly what I did. Good to know! I will try it again with 1%.
Do you think unsweetened almond milk would work? It's pretty creamy.
Tracy, Not sure how the taste of almond milk would work in this recipe. Keep us posted if you give it a try. 🙂
Yes, that should work just fine.
Can you add chicken to this? If so, how long does it need to cook, would boneless chicken work?
Yes, I would use boneless, skinless chicken cut into cubes about 1-2″. Cook the same amount of time, approximately 9 hours.
Yes boneless chicken added raw will work added at the very beginning, on top of the veggies. Just watch the cook time so as not to dry out your chicken.
Could you use almond milk? What else besides cornstarch? Coconut flour?
Gina, I’ve never used almond milk in this recipe. Let us know if you do and the results. Yes, other flours will work to thicken.
arrowroot powder is a thickener very similar to cornstarch but without corn. 🙂
Can almond milk be used with maybe some coconut oil? We only have non-fat milk.
Michele, You can give it a try, but non-fat milk doesn’t typically work well in the slow cooker. It has a tendency to curdle.
Used 1% milk and it did not turn out well, looked curdled to me and off in color. Next time I will try adding it the last 1/2 hour.
Just had the same experience with the milk separating and turning brown. I used 2% milk. Any ideas?
Deanna, I’ve never experienced it turning brown. The only time it separated was once when I used skim milk. When you say it turned brown, do you mean it burned?
Do not add milk until the last 30 min or later.
Cahaba, The last 30 minutes should be fine. You can also add it at the very end, stir and heat just a few more minutes.
I finely grate 1 green plantain into the liquid at the start of cooking. It works as a thickener and has loads of potassium too.
Has anyone tried this recipe with a milk alternative? My daughter can't do dairy.
I make a similar vegan stew, almond milk works well, just up the herbs a little to take away the sweetness you might experience.
Do you think that I could use whole milk (all I have in the house right now) instead of 2%? If so, should i put less in?
Hi Sal, Yes, you can use whole milk and just use the same amount as you would the 2%. Enjoy!
I donot like milk at all. Not even almond or soy. Can I make this with vegetable broth?
Jim, Yes. Use 2 cups additional vegetable broth and no milk. To get a creamier soup without using milk, simply remove a cup or two of vegetables and broth (at the end), puree in blender and return turn the soup, stirring in. You can also add a peeled, chopped white potato at the beginning with the rest of the vegetables and include some of that when you blend.
Do you peel the sweet potato or squash?
Kim, You peel the sweet potato but not the chayote squash ( if you use zucchini instead don't peel that either).
How many more points if you and chicken?
Karen, Approximately 7 points. 🙂
Fixed this yesterday but didn’t eat until today. Very good. My husband thought it was really good too. It’s got kick to it.
I will use less milk next time.
I served it with chicken breasts.
Will make again for sure.
If you use the alternative thickening method do you skip both the milk and the corn starch. My husband needs to lose 30 pounds and I am committed to trying to the letter your monthly meal plan. The recipes seem great, although they require more cooking than I usually do – but I am determined to help him. He tried just cutting down and that did not work!
Diane, Good for you! With your help I’m sure he’ll lose the extra weight. 🙂
Has anyone tried this in an instant pot? If so, are there any adjustments you need to make?
Emily, We have only used the slow cooker. It should be fairly simple to make in the instant pot. I recommend following the instructions for instant pot veggie soup.