I used the instant pot for this. You can use a slow cooker- likely low for 5-6 hours. Or in a dutch oven or stew pot on the stovetop. That will take probably a couple hours to get a good simmer going and for it to thicken.
This also meets Whole 30 criteria.
- 1 package beef stew meat
- 1 butternut squash (you can use sweet potato) peeled and diced
- 5-6 carrots peeled and diced
- 1 pear (I used a standard green peel fat pear, mildly ripe, still somewhat firm)
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (for thickening you don’t need this but without it will be thin broth)
- 4 cups broth- bone broth or chicken broth low sodium
- 1 tsp thyme
- garlic 1 tsp minced
- black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- if you have other veggies in your fridge that you want to use up feel free to add- kale or spinach would also be a good addition. The base recipe though is delicious on its own.
I put avocado oil in the instant pot and turned it on the “sauté” function on low. I added the meat. As I chopped the butternut squash and carrots and pear I added it all intermittently stirring.
I added a bit of broth to the pot while sautéing so it wouldn’t get too dry or stick to the bottom.
Then I added all the spices and the arrowroot powder. Stir it all together and make sure there are no arrowroot lumps…because that’s a thing that happens. If there are little white lumps in the stew at the end don’t freak out. It’s just arrowroot powder.
I did not peel the pear. You can if you don’t like peels.
After it was all in the pot, I added enough broth to cover it all and make it start to look like a soup. Then I put the lid on, turned the instant pot on low pressure setting and set for 8 minutes.
Mine was cooked through 8 minutes later. The carrots were a great consistency. I find that with pressure cookers you can overdo it and then it’s all just mush. I felt like with this setting and time it was all cooked perfectly- not mushy but cooked through.
I found the initial recipe in an Autoimmune Paleo cookbook. It didn’t have enough spices, and no onion- I didn’t use onion- but you definitely can and I probably will next time. I also felt like it could use some greens.
This stew was delicious as is though and easy with the instant pot.
The photo was right before the actual pressure cooking.