Harvest Stew

By • February 9, 2011 • 4 Comments



Author Notes: This recipe was inspired by a variation on Shepherd’s Pie in Eating Well Magazine. They substituted mashed squash for the potatoes, and spinach for the peas. I liked the new ingredients, but didn’t like the pie’s texture, nor the fact that it used too many pans. (I wash dishes by hand & always take this into account.) I wondered if I could make a one-pot recipe with a similar flavor profile that hopefully tasted even better. I substituted ground bison for the beef (one of my favorite meats), chunks of butternut squash for the squash puree (more flavor & lovely texture), real garlic instead of powdered (obviously) & chose a tomato-broth base. The result is a simple stew that takes less than an hour to make from start to finish, and although the ingredient list is short, is full of flavor. A couple of tips: if you don’t make your own vegetable broth, get a jar of Organic Better than Bouillon – it makes a quick & flavorful broth. Also, if the thought of peeling a butternut squash makes you wince, buy yourself a Kuhn Rikon Swiss Peeler. It glides over the curves of the squash with ease & it will change your life! (Or at least be the best $5 you ever spent.)Phoenix Helix

Serves 6-8

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion (peeled & chopped)
  • 1/2 head of garlic (peeled & minced)
  • 1-1/2 pound ground bison
  • 2 pounds butternut squash (peeled & cubed)
  • 30 ounces canned tomato sauce (I like Muir Glen)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach
  1. Chop onion & garlic & place in large soup pot with olive oil. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes, to soften.
  2. Add bison & brown both sides, cutting meat into chunks in the process.
  3. Add tomato sauce, broth & salt. Bring to boil & then reduce to simmer.
  4. Peel & de-seed squash. Chop into cubes & add to pot. Simmer for 30 minutes
  5. Add baby spinach last, cooking for just 1-2 minutes, until wilted.
  6. Serve!
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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Nice flavors! Bison is very lean, isn't it? I like the addition of the sweet squash and adding the spinach last to keep it green and fresh tasting.

Phoenix

over 3 years ago Phoenix Helix

Yes, bison is lean yet flavorful -- a rare combination. I actually prefer it to beef.

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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This looks delicious! I love the dark, rich colors (orange of the squash and green of the spinach, with the red of the sauce), and your great tip about the peeler. Thanks so much for posting this. ;o)

Phoenix

over 3 years ago Phoenix Helix

You're welcome! I feel like a Food52 toddler posting my first recipe.