Bean, squash and meat stew

Autumn warmer: beans, squash and meat stew

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Beans are the staple of the Brazilian diet. They are usually eaten with protein (meat or eggs), salad and farofa. This simple one-pot dish can be made in advance. It's full of goodness: pulses, vegetables, protein and dairy in the one recipe.

The original recipe contains a mild mid-soft cheese called prato that is diced just before serving. This cheese texture is similar to the Danish Danbo cheese; it is yellow in color, very mild in flavor and not too complex. I just added mozzarella cheese grated on top and grilled just before serving. A satisfying course perfect for cold days.

1
In a saucepan, heat the oil and fry the meat, onions and garlic until browned and very tender
2
Add the squash, spring onions, beans and beef stock to the pan and simmer for about 10–12 minutes, until the squash is cooked
3
Season with salt, pepper and chilli. Garnish with a sprinkling of thyme
4
Divide between heatproof bowls and scatter over some torn mozzarella. Place under the grill until the mozzarella has melted, allow to cool a little and serve
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