Variations

Rather than baking the stew in one large pumpkin, bake about 1 1/3 cups of the stew in each of 6 single-serving pumpkins, about 2 pounds and 6 inches in diameter. Reduce baking time to about 1 hour, or until the pumpkin flesh is fork-tender.

For a simpler presentation, rather than baking in a pumpkin, cook the stew on the stovetop, simmering uncovered until the desired consistency.