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Balsamic Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash

This Balsamic Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash is like fall in a bowl! The savoriness of the meat contrasts with the sweetness of the squash.

5 from 2 votes
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Balsamic Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 239kcal


  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • pounds (680 g) boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 medium yellow onions , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , sliced
  • 8 ounces (227 g) white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) tomato paste
  • 3 cups (0.7 L) low-sodium beef stock, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers in water, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (5 g) fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pound (454 g) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • ¼ cup (15 g) fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) warm water
  • Kosher or fine sea salt , to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large oven-proof dutch oven over medium high heat. Season the lamb pieces with salt and pepper then, working in batches, add them to the pot and brown them on all sides. Transfer the lamb to a plate.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pot, then add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms along with a pinch of sea salt. Cook until the onion is tender, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook until it starts to brown, 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in 1 cup of the beef stock and deglaze the bottom of the pot, scraping up all the browned bits with a spoon.
  • Add the lamb along with any accumulated juices back to the pot. Pour in the remaining 2 cups of stock, balsamic vinegar, and fish sauce. Add the roasted red peppers and fresh thyme to the pot, and season with more sea salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring the pot to a low simmer, then cover it and transfer it to the oven. Cook for about 2 hours, or until the lamb is extremely tender.
  • Add the butternut squash to the pot, then continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes until the squash is tender.
  • Remove the pot from the oven and return it to a burner over medium heat. Dissolve the arrowroot powder in the water, then pour it into the pot. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  • Season the stew with more sea salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 1351mg56%
Potassium 1053mg30%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 8735IU175%
Vitamin C 54mg65%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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