This is an Americanized version of a traditional Ghanaian soup called nkrakra (though even in Ghana, there's no single definitive recipe for it).
1 ½ pounds stew beef, cut into half-inch cubes
1 ½ pounds Hubbard squash, cut into half-inch cubes
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (or, 1 15-ounce drained can of diced tomatoes)
10 ounces frozen baby lima beans
2 cups water
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¾ to 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
Brown the beef, then combine beef, water, salt, ginger, and red pepper in a soup pot and heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for an hour. Then add the squash; cover again and cook for about half an hour, or until the beef and squash are tender.
Remove the squash, puree it in a blender, then return it to the soup along with the lima beans and tomatoes. Heat everything to boiling, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until the beans are tender.
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