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Summer Squash Stew

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If you are looking for a great way to use some fresh squash this summer squash stew recipe is a must try! It is hearty, delicious, and easy to make thanks to the Crockpot!

For those of you who are looking for more information on summer squash you can check out this post on how to clean and prep them. You should also check out some of these other recipes for summer squash: Zucchini and Summer Squash Casserole, Delicious Acorn Squash Casseroles, Easy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, Chicken and Yellow Squash Casserole, Baked Yellow Squash Recipe, and Pork and Yellow Squash Skillet!

Summer squash is a very versatile vegetable and this recipe proves that there are so many easy ways to turn it into a healthy and flavorful meal that the whole family will enjoy.

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What are summer squash?

Summer squash are a variety of squash that are best known for their thin, soft, edible skin. Unlike most other types of squash summer squash are ready and harvested before the skin has time to become thick and tough.

A close up view of the finished summer squash stew recipe ready to eat.

These types of squash are usually yellow though they can also be green! Most are narrow and slightly oblong in shape but some varieties curve as well. They have medium soft flesh and seeds which are also edible but can be easily scraped out and removed if you are not a fan.

They get the name ‘summer squash’ from the fact that in most climates they are readily available and growing to maturity in the summer months!

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If you plant a garden you probably already know that when they start to come in and mature they all seem to come at once! That’s why I like to keep so many great summer squash recipes on hand!

Kitchen Essentials For Crockpot Cooking:

If you are just starting out with Crockpot meals you won’t want to be stuck without some of these essentials. I like to have all of these items on hand when I’m making my favorite slow cooker meals.

You will need a slow cooker. I like to have a large one and a smaller one on hand depending on the recipe I want to make and the servings etc. I always recommend using liners for any recipe because they make cleanup a real breeze.

A top down look at a bowl full of the finished slow cooker summer squash stew.

Finally, you’ll need the regular cooking staples like tongs, spatulas, and serving spoons along with some bowls and measuring cups!

Ingredients needed to make summer squash stew:

This recipe has a few more ingredients than we usually use but since the Crockpot will be doing all the hard work for us we can tolerate using a few more ingredient, right?

To make this slow cooker summer squash stew you will need stew beef, garlic, bay leaves, shallots, tomato paste, beef broth, zucchini, summer squash, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, cloves of garlic, parmesan cheese, basil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Ingredients prepped and ready to be cooked up into a delicious summer squash stew.

That’s all! Most of those ingredients for summer squash stew are probably in your fridge or pantry. The vegetables are easy to get at the farmers market for us in the summer and fall so this is a meal plan staple for us all through those months!

How to make Crockpot squash stew:

The great news is that making this recipe could not be easier. You will absolutely love how simple it is to prepare this stew. The slow cooker does a great job of making the process really simple.

I love slow cooker recipes because I can set them and walk away, there are so many other things I’d rather be doing than hovering over the stove in the kitchen! This summer squash stew is done and ready to go with very little attention from me…a big win!

First ingredients for the sauce getting mixed up and ready to be included in the recipe for summer squash stew.

Whisk together broth, tomato paste, garlic, shallot, and salt & pepper 

Mixture ready to be poured into the crockpot.

Pour half in the bottom of the slow cooker 

stew meat added to the crockpot.

Add stew meat 

more broth added to the crockpot with stew meat.

Pour the other half of the broth mix over the meat 

bay leaf added to the crockpot.

Add the bay leaf

Finished recipe for crockpot summer squash stew ready to be served.

Cook on low 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally 

Add veggies in last 30 minutes of cooking time

a close up look at a bowl full of the finished stew ready to eat.

Garnish, serve, and enjoy! 

Looking for more easy to make recipes?!

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bowl full of the finished summer squash stew ready to share.

I love to make Delicious Acorn Squash Casseroles, Easy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, Pork Chop Sheet Pan Dinner, Lemon Chicken Tortellini Salad, Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, BLT Pasta Salad Recipe, Beef Pot Pie Recipe, Ham and Pineapple Pasta Salad, and Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup Recipe!

If you just want some simple no bake desserts you have to try Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, No Bake Christmas Cookies, No Bake Pumpkin Dessert, Easy No Bake Cracker Candy Treats, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Easy No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe, Delicious Cannoli Dip, and Chocolate Cheesecake Pie With Pudding!

Printable Summer Squash Stew Recipe:

Yield: 8 Servings

Summer Squash Stew

Featured image showing a blue bowl full of the finished summer squash stew ready to eat.

If you are looking for a great way to use some fresh squash this summer squash stew recipe is a must try! It is hearty, delicious, and easy to make thanks to the Crockpot!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1 ½ lbs stew beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 zucchini, cubed bite size
  • 1 summer squash, cubed
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese - garnish
  • Basil - garnish

Instructions

  1. Whisk together broth, tomato paste, garlic, shallot, and salt & pepper
  2. Pour half in the bottom of the slow cooker
  3. Add stew meat
  4. Pour the other half of the broth mix over the meat
  5. Add the bay leaf
  6. Cook on low 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally
  7. Add veggies in last 30 minutes of cooking time
  8. Garnish, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 30g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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