Beef & Butternut Squash Stew

26 Nov

Wow – Thanksgiving weekend flew by so fast! I can’t believe it’s over. I woke up on Monday morning feeling completely drained and wishing I had one more day to relax. I probably should have gone to bed earlier on Sunday night….but I got sucked into a terrible Lifetime Movie, Liz & Dick. Everything about it was just bad, but I was laughing at all of Lindsay Lohan’s ridiculous turbans and bad makeup. I wasn’t alive for the Liz Taylor era, but I don’t think she looked as haggard as Lohan did playing her. Oh well, it was a train wreck and I wasted 2 hours watching it.

Since Thanksgiving is over, I need to stop eating like it is Thanksgiving. No more leftovers. No more desserts. When I was brain storming what I wanted to make, the thought of poultry or potatoes never crossed my mind. I wanted beef. Beef Stew. Beef Stew with lots of veggies and herbs.

I know stews are a dime a dozen, but this beef stew was so flavorful! Do not skip on the fresh rosemary or thyme. Dried herbs just wouldn’t provide as much taste to this delicious meal. You hardly need any salt, so use fresh herbs! I also used some pinot noir — I know you can usually substitute stock or water if you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option to deglaze your pan, but this is another element I wouldn’t change. Buy a pinot noir you would drink and cook with. Buying a crappy wine just to cook with will give your stew a crappy taste.

I’d make this beef stew on a weeknight if you’ve got some time to spare because it needs to simmer for an hour. If you don’t have that kind of time, make it on the weekend and warm it up during the week. The stew gets more flavor the longer it sits.

In Tasty Fork news, I’m in the process of under going a make over!! Meg from VintPrint Designs is creating a new blog design and moving my page to I’m hoping this process will be seamless, but you never know. If there are any interruptions, I hope it will be brief. Once the make-over is complete, expect a fun giveaway to celebrate. 🙂

Beef & Butternut Squash Stew

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds stew beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup pinot noir
  • 1 pound butternut squash, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3 to 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped flat leaf parsley


  1. In a large soup pot heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, garlic, rosemary, and thyme and saute until the onions are tender, about 2 minutes. Toss the beef cubes in salt and pepper and flour. Turn up the heat to med-high and add the beef to the pot. Cook until the beef is browned and golden around the edges, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add wine. Using a wooden spoon, gently stir up all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the butternut squash and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine. Add enough beef broth to just cover the beef and squash. Bring the stew to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Season the stew with additional salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis


7 Responses to “Beef & Butternut Squash Stew”

  1. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life November 27, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    So glad I’m not the only one who stayed up passed her bedtime on Sunday. Everyone woke up late. EVERYONE. I saw the previews for the Liz Taylor movie… so glad I passed on that one! Bet this stew made you feel better, though! I’ll admit, I am so.tired.of.turkey. And chicken for that matter. Wasn’t planning on going to the store today, but it looks like I need some wine and stew meat. And I can’t forget the butternut squash.

    • Miss Tasty November 28, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Let me know how it turned out! Did you try a different kind of squash since your grocery store didn’t have butternut??

  2. Rhona @ Mrs Ellwood's Simple Life November 28, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Wanted to pop over and thank you for stopping by my blog earlier! I really do love the look of this stew- it makes me feel cosy just looking at it!

  3. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes December 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    What a pretty soup! Pinned to try! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can’t wait to see what you share this week.

  4. Christie - Food Done Light December 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    What a wonderful stew. I love butternut squash in anything. Thanks so much for sharing on Thursdays Treasures

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