Slow Cooked Beef & Butternut Squash

Slow Cooked Beef & Butternut Squash - Fab Food 4 All Today I’m bringing you Slow Cooked Beef & Butternut Squash or should I say we! Do you ever go to cook dinner but then someone in your family says they want something slightly different? Well this happened yesterday in the Fab Food 4 All household so I waved a white flag and told hubby that it was probably best if he cooked the dinner. In the end though, the meal was a collaboration between the two of us as I was roped in as sous chef. There was debate about various elements eg I said the casserole could do with a little thickening and thought that barley would be a good addition, hubby disagreed but compromised with the addition of red lentils. Hubby wanted 2 stock cubes and I wanted one and so it went on!

Slow Cooked Beef & Butternut Squash - Fab Food 4 All


So with all the power struggles over this dish you might have thought it would end up being terrible but I’m very happy to say that the result was indeed delicious! We didn’t have any red wine in the house so used up some Rosé which worked well. The butternut squash is great slow cooked as it adds a lovely subtle sweetness to the casserole. I had a pack of frozen mash in the freezer so served the Slow Cooked Beef & Butternut Squash with this and some peas for a really easy meal. I do love slow cooking as with a little effort earlier in the day you reap the delicious benefit hours later. You could easily double this recipe and either freeze the rest or have it the following day, leftovers always taste even better don’t they!

Slow Cooked Beef & Butternut Squash - Fab Food 4 All


Now that the nights are colder and darker it really is a great time to get the slow cooker into action. With that in mind I asked some fellow bloggers for their favourite slow cooked beef dishes which you can find here:

Slow-Cooked Pulled Chipotle Brisket – Farmers Girl Cook
Slow Cooker Carbonnade of Beef with Little Mustard Toasts – Kavey Eats
Simple Beef Stew – Jo’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Beef & Chorizo Stew – BakingQueen74

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Slow Cooked Beef & Butternut Squash is a simple and comforting casserole with a splash of rose wine, serve with mash and peas for a great family meal.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 2 - 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 400g stewing beef, cubed
  • 1 ½ tbsp flour
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ butternut squash (about 600g)
  • 75g red lentils, rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 100 ml wine (we used Rosé)
  • 500 ml beef stock (we used 2 beef stock cubes)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  1. Put the beef in a bowl and sprinkle over the flour and seasoning. Toss to coat.
  2. Heat 1 tbs of oil in a large pan/wok and fry the beef in 2 batches until just browned. Transfer meat to slow cooker.
  3. Add another tbsp of oil to the pan and gently sweat the onions under a lid (stirring occasionally), takes about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, butternut squash and red lentils and fry for another couple of minutes, stirring.
  5. Then add the beef, bay leaves, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, wine and stock.
  6. Transfer to slow cooker and cook on high for 5 - 6 hours or low for 7 – 8 hours.
  7. Serve with mashed potato and peas.

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  1. Richard Eldred Hawes

    Have recently bought a slow cooker and will give this a try

  2. Richard Eldred Hawes

    Well worth a try in my new slow cooker

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you enjoy it:-)

  3. William Gould

    One of the best things about winter is being able to enjoy meals like this!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly William, we had similar dish yesterday as I was out of Butternut Squash so used celery and carrots:-)

  4. Amy Fidler

    What a great looking dish x

  5. Heather Haigh

    Wonderful comfort food.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, it really is:-)

  6. Sylvia

    This looks so good, I wouldn’t mind a bowl of this right now. It is how my fave comfort food looks like 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sylvia, it really is total comfort food:-)

  7. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    The best meals are made up as you go along! 🙂 Love the use of red lentils to thicken it up.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, love red lentils so versatile:-)

  8. Elizabeth

    Oh my goodness this looks so good! This time of year I’m all about the hearty slow cooked casseroles. Proper comfort food!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, yes slow cooked food is perfect for this time of year:-)

  9. Claire Thomas

    This is a delicious looking post – I am putting it on my menu planning to make very soon. Congrats on your Foodies ranking too! x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Claire, maybe I should rope in Mr Fab Food 4 All more often:-)

  10. Lucy Parissi

    Looks delicious. Where would we be without the slow cooker these days! My husband does most of the everyday cooking (ssssh!) so I can spend time fuffiing around with new recipe ideas.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy. What a fabulous arrangement:-)

  11. Sisley White

    Beef and butternut squash is a beautiful combination.
    I would love to try this for dinner as soon as possible

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sisley, it certainly is a winning combination:-)

  12. Cathy

    This has inspired me to get my slow cooker out. I’ve never added butternut squash to a stew, I’m going to give that a try!

    1. Camilla

      Butternut squash works so well in the slow cooker:-)

  13. anne wallwin

    this looks lovely (and easy!) would be nice with a yorkshire pudding!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anne, ooh yes Yorkshire Puddings with everything I say:-)

  14. Lucy

    Mmmm how delicious Camilla, I love butternut squash and beef stew is perfect for winter. Thanks for mentioning my beef stew!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy, love how tender beef gets in the slow cooker:-)

  15. Janice

    A real winter warmer, very much my kind of food ☺️

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, yes it’s certainly the weather for comfort food:-)

  16. Kavey

    Loving the colour and richness of this very collaborative recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kavey, yes it was certainly team work:-)

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