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

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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42 thoughts on “Giambotta an Italian Stew {for #SundaySupper with #GalloFamily}

  1. 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.

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  13. 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!

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