Lamb and Butternut Squash Stew

We are very lucky to have access to local, pasture-raised lamb, which is a more sustainable red meat option. Although we eat very little red meat, when we do, it is usually in a stew. So I am trying to switch my beef stews to lamb wherever it makes sense. One I have been working on for my upcoming cookbook is this lamb and butternut squash stew.

It is a slow cooker meal, which I love. I have so much more flexibility in my day when I can throw ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and leave it undisturbed for hours at a time. This one takes one extra step in the middle to adding the squash and flavorings.

The kitchen smelled so good while this was cooking.

And it made such a luscious plate!

Butternut Squash and Lamb Stew with Lamb (Khoresh Kadoo Halvaie)

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

2 onions, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed

1½ pounds lamb stew meat

½ tablespoon advieh

½ tablespoon turmeric

Water, just enough to cover

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1” – 1½” pieces

3-4 tablespoons tomato paste (be generous)

1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Plain yogurt and walnut pieces, to serve


In a large slow cooker, spread the oil over the bottom. Add the onions and garlic in a layer. Top with the protein.  Add just enough water to barely cover the protein pieces, they should not be submerged. Cook on low for 4 hours.

Add the spices, butternut squash, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, salt and pepper, stir to mix well.  Cook on low for another 4 hours, if it seems to watery, you can raise the heat to high and uncover the slow cooker for the last ½ to 3/4 hour.

Serve with rice. Drizzle with a touch of pomegranate molasses and serve with yogurt and walnuts pieces. Enjoy!

Serves 6


Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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