Butternut Squash & Beef Stew

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Author Notes: At the time of year when cool, crisp air has set in, this recipe will help warm your home and family. The spices compliment the squash, as well as the beef and the aroma will fill your kitchen with fall flavors. I like to serve this over brown rice and a dollop of Greek yogurt.lapadia

Serves 4-6, depending on serving size

  • 2-1/2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • Flour for coating the meat (I like to use Wondra)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil – use 3 tablespoons for each layer of meat to be browned
  • 3/4 cups minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Optional - 1 cup misc. garden vegetables
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  1. Dredge meat with flour and brown in a Dutch oven.
  2. Brown 1 layer of meat at a time, this usually takes 2 (maybe 3) times. Take meat out with a slotted spoon, set aside.
  3. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat remaining in the Dutch oven. Add the minced onion and sauté until soft.
  4. Add the meat back and all the spices; mix well.
  5. Add beef broth to the pot; simmer covered until meat is close to the tender stage, about 1 hour maybe a little more.
  6. Add the squash and vegetables (optional); simmer covered until tender, about 1 hour.
  7. At the point the meat, squash and vegetables (optional) are completely tender, dissolve the cornstarch in water. Add to the stew. Stir until thickened.
  8. * Recipe is adapted from “Too many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans, and Other Good Things”.

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almost 5 years ago onetribegourmet

Butternut Squash Beef Stew looks so good!


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Thanks, onetribegourmet! Let me know if you have a chance to try it...was thinking it would go with your Labneh and my Pita bread.


almost 5 years ago aargersi

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Looks so good! It's still hot in Texas but this will be on the winter to-try list for sure.


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Thanks, I'm looking forward to hearing back!


almost 5 years ago gingerroot

This looks delicious! I'm saving this and will definitely try once the weather gets a little cooler (hoping that will be soon).


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Thanks gingerroot, hope you get to try this soon! Our weather has turned, definately know it is fall!


almost 5 years ago Kayb

This DOES sound wonderful! I've been jonesing for beef stew anyway....may have to try this one!


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Thanks Kayb, will be looking forward to hearing back!


almost 5 years ago lapadia

Thanks AntoniaJames! This stew works well with lamb too, but I am not a lamb person.


almost 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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Oh, this makes me hungry! It just gorgeous . . . and how interesting, to use the sweet spices. Really must try this. With this weather we're having (cold, grey), this is so appealing. ;o)