This was really good! I hope this doesn't annoy review readers who want strictly the recipe at hand- but, I made some serious substitutions- and it still turned out really good!
I had just received my farm share and had a large amount of carrots and parsnips- so I used those instead of butternut squash. (I used 2 parsnips, 2 carrots- it came out to be about 3 cups diced I believe) I also used 1/4 of an onion instead of shallot- I didn't have one on hand so onion it was.
I omitted the sage, added 1 piece of finely chopped bacon, fried the beef in about 1/2 leftover grease, and added 2 TBLS of "varietal" wine vinegar (I think that's a cheap version of red wine) .
I also added dried cranberries (like another reviewer) and they were really good! I am always skeptical adding dried fruit to dishes- I really don't like the texture of dried fruit, especially in baked goods. But, the texture really isn't noticeable in this dish- it's like just little bites of sweet/tart goodness!
I actually doubled the recipe since I had 1 lb. of stew meet kicking around- kept the cook time the same. Everything turned out great! (I did add a little extra broth)
Lastly, instead of egg noodles, I served this over mashed potatoes. For anything you eat with this dish- just make sure you have enough "juice" kicking around at the end to act like a sauce/gravy. If I could have done anything different it would have been to add a little more broth at the 1 hour mark so there was plenty of liquid at the end!