Beef and Butternut Squash Stew
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion or leek, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, 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 Marsala wine
- 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
- Crusty bread, for serving
In a large soup pot heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, rosemary, and thyme and sauté until the onions (or leeks) 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.
Add the Marsala 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. Serve with crusty bread.