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Pumpkin Stew Recipe
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Pumpkin Stew Recipe

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This special stew is the meal our two kids look forward to each fall because we only get to enjoy it when the fresh pumpkins come out of the garden. The stew is cooked and served right in the pumpkin shell. A true taste of autumn, it also makes a pretty presentation at a potluck. —Donna Mosher, Augusta, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2-1/2 hours Bake: 2 hours
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2-1/2 hours Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pumpkin (10 to 12 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 324 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1,070 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in 2 tablespoons oil. Add water, potatoes, carrots, green pepper, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in bouillon and tomatoes. Wash pumpkin; cut to 6 to 8 in. circle around top stem. Remove top and set aside; discard seeds and loosen fibers from inside.
  2. Place pumpkin in a shallow sturdy baking pan. Spoon stew into pumpkin and replace top. Brush outside of pumpkin with remaining oil. Bake at 325° for 2 hours or just until the pumpkin is tender (do not overbake). Serve stew from pumpkin, scooping out a little pumpkin with each serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Stew in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 324 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1,070 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"This recipe was awesome!!!! I added butternut squash and a little more salt and pepper. It got done earlier than the whole 4 hour process. This was a hit,everyone loved it. It's definitely going to be our new fall tradition!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"FABULOUS! It makes the pumpkin taste just like stew."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"This was soooo good!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"I used this recipe when it first came out, for an event I catered. Everyone was thrilled as it made a spectacular presentation!"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"An excellent autumn meal for our family and our guests with a fun and seasonally-appropriate presentation. After reading other reviews, I also elected to reduce the cooking time to 1.5 hrs each in dutch oven and pumpkin. This worked out well for the vegetables, though I would have preferred the meat a little more tender. Speaking of veggies, I subbed turnips and a sweet potato for two of the three potatoes. I also deglazed the Dutch oven with a few glugs of red wine after browning the meat to add a bit of complexity. Have fun with this one. It seems to be rather forgiving."

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