Beef, Peanut and Squash Autumn Stew Recipe

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There are certain things that just NEED to happen in the fall in the Freeman home. Like hot apple cider, pumpkin scented candles, gratuitous loops of Jack Johnson songs and – you guessed it! – this ridiculously yummy Beef, Peanut and Squash Stew, which I have affectionately dubbed, “Autumn Stew”.
I discovered the bones for this recipe when I was on the South Beach Diet, and this fell under a Phase 1 recipe called “Peanut Butter Stew”. But because this stew seriously tastes like autumn in a bowl, (the peanuts are so mild, and the earthy, autumny squash flavors just permeate the broth beautifully) I had to rename it Autumn Stew.
After some major personal tweaks (adding beef, changing up the seasoning, etc.) and four years later, this is STILL a major seasonal favorite in the Freeman family!

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If you’re scared of using peanut butter in a meaty stew, please DON’T BE! You really need to give this recipe a try just to see what I mean.. the sweet, buttery flavor of the squash pairs exceptionally well with the nuttiness of the peanut. (Try it. Just doooo eeeeeet!!!)
The best thing about this recipe is, you can use whatever winter squash you have on hand! I don’t think I’ve ever made any two batches the same, I’ve always changed it up with what I have on hand. This year, I used the random squash we received in our local organic veggie co-op.. which happened to be butternut squash, sugar pumpkin and straightneck squash! Yum yum!

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Beef, Peanut and Squash Autumn Stew
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed assorted winter squash
  • 1 pound (1/2-inch) cubed beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup extra chunky natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add squash, beef, onion, garlic salt and cumin and sauté for five minutes or until beef is browned.
  2. Add chicken broth and slowly whisk in cornstarch. Add the peanut butter, tomato paste and red pepper, stirring well to combine.
  3. Bring the stew to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until the beef is cooked through and the squash is tender. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

 

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Do you have a favorite autumn recipe? Please share with me in the comments below!

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

4 thoughts on “Beef, Peanut and Squash Autumn Stew Recipe

  • 7 November, 2014 at 6:38 am
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    When you said “Autumn Stew”, I thought you meant the Autumn Stew I used to make when you kids were little. (the one with hamburger and little diced carrots, bell pepper, potatoes & onions in beef broth). I always thought mine should be called ‘Autumn SOUP’, since the broth didn’t have any thickener in it. Yours would be awesome served in a pumpkin shell! I’d take one of the little pumpkins, hollow it out, butter the inside, poke w/ a fork inside and out & bake till just barely soft. Then, add the prepared stew to the pumpkin and cook a little while longer (not too long or it might collapse on you). When you scooped it up, scoop out some of the soft pumpkin flesh with it. Yummy, huh?

    • 7 November, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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      Ohhhh, that does sound yummy! You should share the pumpkin SOUP recipe with me, and I’ll post it on my blog!!!

  • 7 November, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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    Looks so good! Perfect for the cold weather we have here. Pinning to try!

    • 7 November, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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      If you try it, do let me know what you think!!!

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