Pork Stew with Butternut Squash

 Pork Stew with Butternut Squash

 This was the perfect meal for a cool autumn afternoon.  We awoke to a light dusting of snow on the ground (October 10th!), and I spent a good part of the early afternoon splitting and stacking firewood.  Afterward, I could smell this wonderful stew, well, stewing.  On a day like this comfort food is the rule, and this recipe certainly filled the bill.  Butternut squash is a staple in our house, and as you might imagine the flavor melded perfectly with sage and pork loin, red peppers and tomatoes.  An interesting addition was the grated orange peel, whose citrus notes really gave a contrasting spark of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1 1/2  pounds  boneless pork loin, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1  cup  finely chopped onion
  • 1  cup  finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 3/4  cup  finely chopped celery
  • 2  teaspoons  dried rubbed sage
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1  (14.5-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 4  cups  (1/2-inch) cubed peeled fresh butternut squash
  • 1  (10-ounce) package frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 2  teaspoons  grated orange rind
  • 4 1/2  cups  cooked egg noodles (about 3 cups uncooked)
  • 6  tablespoons  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation:

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Add pork; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in sage, salt, black pepper, tomatoes, and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in butternut squash and corn; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until pumpkin is tender. Stir in grated rind. Serve over noodles; sprinkle with parsley.

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One Response to Pork Stew with Butternut Squash

  1. cathy solberg says:

    What a beautiful fall picture. It makes me warm just to look at it. This was so tasty, warm and delicious. And I loved the hint of orange.

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