Another soup?!? What kind of tyrant am I, right?
Actually I haven’t subjected G to 2 soups in one week, I just had this recipe sitting on the back burner and forgot to write it up. That said, it’s really a perfect fall-into-winter stew with lots of hearty ingredients to fill you up and warm your belly.
1-2 lbs beef, cut into chunks
4 c butternut squash, cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 c dried cherries
1 Tbsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
3 1/2 c beef stock
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 c pureed pumpkin
salt to taste
1 Tbsp butter
According to the original recipe, you ought to start by saute-ing your onions with your sage and thyme and then browning your beef.
You guys know how I roll. We’re not doing that. Throw everything except the squash and the cherries in the crockpot, turn it to low and forget about it for 6 hours. Don’t actually forget it. Maybe set a timer (I did). When your timer goes off after 6 hours, toss the squash and cherries in and let it cook for another hour or two. Stir in your pumpkin just before you serve it.
With an all-told cook time of up to 8 hours, and that not counting prep time, I had to be dealing with food waaaaay too early in the morning for my taste with this one, but it wound up being worth it. It took me a long time, but I’ve finally recognized that chicken+slow cooker=BLERGH, but beef+slow cooker=heaven!
Aside from the beef doing it’s usual, ohmigosh tender deliciousness thing, I was really impressed with the dried cherries in this. They plump back up as they sit in all the broth and juices and just make for a really fabulous addition. I’m honestly tempted to start throwing random dried fruit in all my crock pot meals after this…
Of course, G was not impressed. Soup! Warblegarble!!!
Fooey on him.