Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

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My Gluten free Beef Stew with Butternut Squash Stew is perfect comfort food, it’s also Paleo and Whole 30 compliant and can be made in a slow cooker or crockpot!

My Gluten Free Beef Stew Recipe with butternut squash is so easy to cook and it's also Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free and Low Carb! Made from scratch in one pot with simple ingredients. Directions for cooking it in a slow cooker or crockpot included.

While I’m admittedly not a massive Pumpkin fan I do really love Butternut Squash and have been cooking with it since my children were babies, it’s an easy vegetable for kids to eat because of its natural sweetness and soft texture.

Beef Stew with butternut squash is also something I’ve made many times over the years, though I often vary the recipe as I go along.

This is my most recent version of the stew, there’s not a lot to it and it cooks all in one pot, I used an enameled cast iron pot to cook this in, it’s my favorite pot of all time!

The recipe is very easy for even a novice cook, the most challenging part is cutting and peeling the butternut squash.

My Gluten Free Beef Stew Recipe with butternut squash is so easy to cook and it's also Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free and Low Carb! Made from scratch in one pot with simple ingredients. Directions for cooking it in a slow cooker or crockpot included.

If you want to save time you can buy ready cut up beef that is suitable for braising or stewing, for this recipe I used a pot roast that I cut up in to pieces.

I usually prefer to do that because I’ve not always had great success with the type of beef that comes ready cubed, you might have better options in your grocery store though!

While it’s all cooked in one pot you really want to wait until near the end of the cooking time to add the butternut squash.

As I know from experience it cooks really quickly and if you cook it too long it will disintegrate into the stock and you’ll end up with a great tasting beef soup!

If you prefer to use your slow cooker I have included directions for that too, it cooks well that way too.

I used fresh herbs because I happened to have some on hand, but dried herbs should work just as well. I also used a good quality ready made beef stock which made a very nice flavored gravy, if your stock doesn’t have a nice taste then it will of course affect the outcome of the stew.

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My Gluten Free Beef Stew Recipe with butternut squash is so easy to cook and it's also Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free and Low Carb! Made from scratch in one pot with simple ingredients. Directions for cooking it in a slow cooker or crockpot included.

Nutrition Facts for Gluten Free Beef Stew with Butternut Squash 

Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 6 Points

(Calorie Count updated: 340 calories per serving)

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Gluten Free Stew with Butternut Squash
 
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My Gluten Free Beef Stew Recipe with butternut squash is so easy to cook and it's also Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free and Low Carb! Made from scratch in one pot with simple ingredients. Directions for cooking it in a slow cooker or crockpot included.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: European
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2lb Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
  • 3 - 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2lb lean beef chuck
  • 32oz Beef Stock (gluten free) *see notes for whole30/paleo
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • sprig fresh thyme, or dried
  • sprig of rosemary, or dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. *READ NOTES*
  2. Prepare the squash by peeling it, removing the seeds and cutting it into cubes.
  3. If your beef is not already cut into pieces then cut it up into cubes, and the same for the onion.
  4. Heat the oil on a medium heat in alarge pot with a solid bottom, then add the onion and saute for a couple minutes, now add the beef and brown it for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the beef stock, herbs, salt and pepper.
  6. Cook it on the stove top on a low simmer for about an hour with a lid on the pot, do not boil.
  7. Finally add the butternut squash and cook for a further 30 minutes or until beef is tender.
  8. SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS:
  9. Follow the directions as before and saute the onions and brown the beef.
  10. Now you want to add the beef, onions, butternut squash and all remaining ingredients into the slow cooker.
  11. Cook it on low for 5 - 6 hours, or high for about 3 - 4. how long it takes will depend on the heat of your slow cooker .
  12. I have two slow cookers and the newer one is hotter on the high and low settings than the older one.
Notes
*I have found it hard to find store bought paleo or whole30 beef broth for this recipe so you would need to use homemade beef broth, or you could just use water as an alternative, it won't be quite as rich but it will work.

You will need a decent sized pan with a heavy bottom, or Dutch oven, to cook this stew on the stovetop. If your pan is very thin your stew will almost certainly burn before it is cooked.
Alternatively you can cook it easily in a slow cooker, that would work well too.

My Gluten Free Beef Stew Recipe with butternut squash is easy to cook & is Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free, Low Carb. Can be cooked in slow cooker or crockpot.

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    • says

      Hey Saskia,
      The last time we had it I don’t think I served it with anything as there’s meat and vegetables in the stew, but I think a green vegetable like green beans or broccoli would complement it nicely, I hope you enjoy it!

    • says

      Hi Brenna, sometimes I do make it into gravy! 🙂 If you wanted to thicken it I think the simplest thing would be to pour off the liquid from the stew into another pan to make the gravy. I would mix 1 – 2 tbsp of cornstarch (or arrowroot for paleo) with the same amount of cold water and add it to the stock in the pan and stir it on a medium heat until it thickens, then pour it over the meat again.

  1. Katie says

    This looks sssoooo yummy! If I am in a rush in the mornings, but want to do this in the slow cooker, do you think I would be able to brown the beef and onions the night before, and then toss it all in together in the morning?

    • says

      Hi Katie,

      I think you would be able to do that, yes! If you are going to be out all day I would cook it on low, you could even skip the browning part if you were short of time, it wont be quite the same but it will still taste great.

          • Katie says

            Sheena, I had to report back – this stew was DELICIOUS. 🙂 Even my boyfriend, who isn’t a fan of stew, had two bowls! We doubled it and made it in the slow cooker, on high for the first hour to bring it up to temp and then on low for another four hours. So simple and amazing; it’s definitely a keeper!! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

          • says

            Katie, thank you so much for coming back to let me know how it worked out and that you loved the recipe, your comment just made my day! 🙂

  2. Colleen says

    This sounds really good. I don’t cook much with beef broth, and the last time I did, the food tasted too beefy. What brand of broth do you use? Also, is it Whole30 compliant?

    • says

      Hi Colleen, I mostly use Swanson or any other GF brand I can find in store. I have not found one in stores or online that is whole30 compliant sadly so when I’ve done whole30 I made my own beef broth, or I used water instead.

  3. Katie says

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest, and couldn’t wait to make it. This is amaziI found this recipe ng, and we will having it regularly.

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