Giambotta an Italian Stew {for #SundaySupper with #GalloFamily}

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Recipe, SundaySupper | 31 comments

Meals have a way of bringing people closer together. There is nothing like a large gathering of family and friends. Enticing smells wafting through the house are a beacon to the kitchen. There may  be someone sneaking a taste or simply wondering when dinner will be ready.  More often than not, the kitchen trespassers stick around for conversation. At my home, the kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. We gather around our small island or lean against a counter while just enjoying being together.

Certain meals can take you back to a favorite memory, family stories and inside jokes. The smell of a pot of saucy, bubbling, goodness simmering away on my stove takes me back my grandmother’s kitchen and her own pot of wonder simmering on her stove while all my aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered around to tell funny stories from times past. Those smells, the laughter, they are such rich strong memories. One of my favorite dishes to have bubbling on my stove while we gather around the kitchen to reminisce is Giambotta.



Giambotta is a vegetable stew.  Traditionally, it is filled with peppers and zucchini, a light tomato infused broth served as a side dish or with bread for a light meal. In my family, with so many to feed and most of them hungry growing boys, we bulked up the stew with cannellini beans. My husband is always happy when I throw in some Italian sausages as well.  To round out this meal, I serve it with a nice crusty loaf of bread and a glass of Merlot.



  • 1 Medium onion (diced)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • White Button Mushrooms
  • 3 Russet Potatoes (cut into 1/2 inch chunks)
  • 1 can Canneli Beans (I used a 15oz can, drained)
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Merlot (I used Gallo Family Merlot)
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (This is a good starting point, but you can adjust to your taste.)
  • 1 teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
  • handful Fresh Basil (torn)
  • Parmesan Cheese (Grated to top each serving)


This is such a versatile dish. My family likes when I add Italian Sausages. You can also make this a vegetarian dish by using vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth.


Step 1
I use my Dutch Oven for this dish. You can use a similar style soup or stock pot. Into the pan, heat your Olive Oil.
Step 2
Sauté your onions, garlic, peppers and mushrooms.
Step 3
After the veggies have softened, deglaze your pan with the wine. Be sure to get all the bits of flavor from the bottom of the pan.
Step 4
Next, add in your crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and drained beans.
Step 5
Add in your Salt and Pepper, simmer on your stove top as the sauce reduces and the potatoes cook through.
Step 6
I finish the sauce with the torn basil leaves. Give the stew a good stir to incorporate the flavors.
Step 7
Serve with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese on top.


Gallo Family has a wonderful, dry, medium body Merlot that really compliments the richness of the Ciambotta’s tomato sauce.  This, not overly sweet,  Gallo Family Merlot balances out the acidity of the tomatoes and peppers in this dish and truly brightens the flavors. The notes of plum and black cherry give great dimension to your Giambotta.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.



  1. 3-23-2014

    I’ve never heard of ciambotta before and I’m so glad you shared this recipe. This stew looks amazing and wow at all the vegetables packed into it.

    • 3-23-2014

      I hope you enjoy it! It is especially good when you have lots of garden veggies to add. Eggplant, zucchinis, Mmmmm

  2. 3-23-2014

    Like Renee, giambotta is new to me…but it sounds divine. Though the hubby would love it with sausage, I’m thinking of adding canellini beans and using it as a meatless meal. YUM!

    • 3-23-2014

      It is a great meatless meal! The beans give it that added protein, I swear I don’t miss the meat. lol But, my hubby prefers it with sausage.

  3. 3-23-2014

    love your vegetable stew!!! looks so hearty and delicious!

  4. 3-23-2014

    This vegetable stew looks fantastic — the name alone makes me want to try it!

  5. 3-23-2014

    My grandpa always said if the name ends in a vowel it has to be good. lol

  6. 3-23-2014

    I’ve never had giambotta before, but I am totally hooked after seeing all of the wonderful contents: yours sounds awesome!

  7. 3-23-2014

    That’s a new one to me, too, but I want it! I would be tempted to add garbanzo beans.

    • 3-23-2014

      Garbanzo beans would be an awesome addition! I like to add in eggplant and zucchini from my garden too.

  8. 3-23-2014

    I love a good stew…great recipe and happy #SundaySupper! :)

  9. 3-23-2014

    This is something I would cuddle up with on Sunday night, with a huge hunk of crusty bread, a glass of wine and a good movie. Love it!

  10. 3-23-2014

    I’m always up for a good veggie stew! Thanks Shannon!

  11. 3-23-2014

    I’m going to make this for meatless Monday! Looks fantastic — comforting & satisfying!

  12. 3-23-2014

    This sounds so comforting, and easy to adapt to what you love or have on hand.

  13. 3-23-2014

    We used to have an island at our old house, plus 4 adult kids. So it was definitely the heart of our home too. Thanks for sharing this stew. With all those veggies packed int here, it sounds soooo good!!

  14. 3-23-2014

    This would be perfect for a cold day like today!

  15. 3-23-2014

    This dish is full of all kinds of hearty ingredients…sort of like a chunky minestrone!

  16. 3-23-2014

    This + Crusty Bread would make me so happy. Such a comforting meal!

  17. 3-23-2014

    This stew looks incredible! I would love the veggie version and my husband would definitely like to add a little Italian sausage :) Yum all around!

  18. 3-23-2014

    I add cannellini beans too soups to bulk up soups too! They don’t even notice that I am using less meat….SHHHHH! ;)

  19. 3-23-2014

    So glad you shared this recipe – the weather is still cold enough here that this needs to be added to my menu asap!

  20. 3-23-2014

    Wow what a flavorful bowl of veggies! Sounds super hearty and delicious

    • 3-24-2014

      I’ve not had this stew since my last trip to Italy, can’t tell you what great memories it has brought up.

  21. 3-24-2014

    What a delicious, hearty meal!

  22. 3-25-2014

    I haven’t had this before, but it looks fantastic! Will have to share this with my Sicilian mother!


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