Night-Before Slow Cooker Stew

This is a meal my mom used to make on the stove. I adapted it to be a homemade freezer meal I can take out and throw in the crock pot later. Even though it’s a simple recipe, all the chopping can be more than I want to do on a busy day or an early morning! You can prepare the main ingredients (sausage, potatoes, and green beans) and freeze them in a large Ziploc bag to pull out for dinner on a busy night or throw in the crock pot Sunday morning before church. 


  • 1 package turkey smoked sausage
  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 1 package onion soup mix

crock potPrep Directions:

  1. Chop sausage into bite-sized pieces
  2. Peel and cube potatoes
  3. Drain and rinse green beans
  4. Package and refrigerate or freeze

Day-Of Directions:

  1. Put frozen ingredients in a crock pot
  2. Sprinkle onion soup mix over the top.
  3. Cover with just enough water that ingredients are mostly covered.
  4. Cook on high for 2-3 hours.

Serves 2-3

Total Time: 2.5 hours

Other tips:

  • To cut down on time, use canned potatoes instead (I don’t recommend this – flavor isn’t as good). If you do this, you only have to cook it on low for 1.5-2 hours.
  • You can substitute 1 beef bouillon cube and dried, chopped onion for onion soup mix.

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