Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Gnocchi

Updated on February 26, 2018

Making a beef stew in the slow cooker is so simple and effortless. Just throw all of your ingredients into your slow cooker in the morning and set it to cook on low. There's no need to check on it while it's cooking. Just leave it alone for the day and let the slow cooker do the work.

When it's time to eat, your beef will be fall-apart and the rest of your ingredients will be full of flavor from simmering in the juices all day. There's nothing more comforting than a delicious bowl of hearty stew on a cold day.

A Simple Twist on Classic Beef Stew

I've enjoyed making classic beef stew for many years with simple ingredients like potatoes, carrots, celery, and tomatoes. I never tried making it any other way because this is how I've always enjoyed it, simple and delicious. Until one day, I started preparing my beef stew and then realized I was out of potatoes.

Instead of running to the store, I decided to start checking my cupboards for something to substitute the potatoes with. Not thinking I would actually come up with anything, I pulled out a bag of store-bought potato gnocchi. So I figured I would give it a try.

Not only did it turn out to be the best beef stew I had ever made. It was probably the best beef stew that I had ever tasted. The gnocchi had soaked up all the flavors from the beef, broth, vegetables and other ingredients. It was just so gooey and delicious, just like potato dumplings.

I don't know why I had never thought of using potato gnocchi in beef stew before. Who knew that gnocchi could be so flavorful?

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 20 min
Yields: 4-6 Servings


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb stewing beef, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 package (500g) potato gnocchi
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 2/3 cups diced tomatoes, canned or fresh
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan or skillet.
  2. Add the beef chunks and brown on all sides.
  3. Remove the beef from the pan and sprinkle with flour. Stir the beef until it is coated in flour.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and cook until clear. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 additional minutes.
  5. Add the beef to the slow cooker. Top with the onions and the garlic. Add the tomatoes, carrots, and celery.
  6. Pour the beef stock in the slow cooker and add the Worcestershire, balsamic vinegar, and red wine.
  7. Add the bay leaf and sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper.
  8. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for around 7-10 hours.
  9. About 1/2 hour to 1 hour before serving, add the uncooked gnocchi to the slow cooker. Place the lid back on and let it simmer until the gnocchi is tender and flavorful. If you are in a rush, another option is to boil the gnocchi before adding it to the stew. Let it simmer in the stew for about 10 minutes to allow the gnocchi to absorb the flavors.
  10. Serve with freshly baked bread, a warm buscuit, or garlic toast. Enjoy!

One of the best things about stew is that it's so versatile. You can make substitutions and add your favorite ingredients. If you are vegetarian you can add more vegetables to your liking or substitute the beef with tofu. Feel free to use this recipe to create your own. Also feel free to share your substitutions in the comments. I would love to hear them!


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    • Jenn Stevens profile image

      Jenn Stevens 10 days ago

      Thanks Mary! I've never made gnocchi from scratch but it doesn't seem too difficult. With fresh gnocchi you might have to precook them before adding them to the slow cooker. I'm thinking the fresh dough might fall apart easy. I would love to try making this with homemade gnocchi. I bet it would be amazing!

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      Mary Wickison 11 days ago from Brazil

      This sounds wonderful. I have never had gnocchi and would like to try it. I live in Brazil and doubt if I will find it locally. I'll look for a recipe to make it.

      I'm always looking for an easier way to prepare dinner, so thanks.

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      Jenn Stevens 2 weeks ago

      Thanks Rachel! Gnocchi is so yummy in stew. It's great in soups too!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 weeks ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jenn, This is a new one for me and I've been eating gnocchi all my life. What a treat to find gnocchi in my beef stew. Thanks for the idea.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jenn Stevens 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Margie! This is one of my favs!

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      Margie Lynn 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      That is making me so hungry! Looks so yummy! Send me a bowl to Texas!