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Beef & Butternut Squash Stew
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 10 minutes • Serves: 10
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, fat trimmed, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cups diced butternut squash
1 package (10 ounces) cremini mushrooms, quartered
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 container (32 ounces) beef stock
1 can (16 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 bay leaf
1. In large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; add beef and toss to coat. In large saucepot, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. In 2 batches, shaking off excess flour, add beef to saucepot, and cook 4 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, transfer beef to large bowl.
2.Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, carrots, onion and squash to saucepot; reduce heat to medium and cook 5 minutes or until onion begins to soften, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms have released their moisture, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
3.Add 1 cup stock; cook 1 minute, scraping browned bits from bottom of saucepot with wooden spoon. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons flour and stock. Add beans, tomatoes with their juice, rosemary sprigs, bay leaf, remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and beef with any drippings in bowl; heat to boiling.
4.Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 1 hour. Uncover; cook 45 minutes longer or until beef and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard rosemary sprigs and bay leaf before serving. Makes about 14 cups.
Approximate nutritional values per serving:
384 Calories, 17g Fat (6g Saturated), 104mg Cholesterol,
684mg Sodium,25g Carbohydrates, 6g Fiber, 33g Protein
Since cooking times may vary, if the meat is not tender after the specified cooking time, continue to cook the stew, checking the consistency of the meat every 15 minutes.
> To reduce sources of added salts in stews like this, opt for unsalted broths and no added salt canned goods.