Rich and creamy, this butternut squash soup recipe is a keeper.
I know, I know… another crock pot or slow cooker recipe. I can’t help it. I think I might be addicted. There’s no excuses here… you just chop it up and throw it all together in the pot. It’s that simple. It’s also nice that you can come home to a house smelling delicious, from your dinner cooking all day.
I used a kitchen scale to measure the amount of squash I had. Feel free to improvise.
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Butternut Squash Soup
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian)
Equipment: I used a 5 quart slow cooker
- ~2.75 lb. of butternut squash (cubed). I used about 2 lb. and ~12.5 ounces.
- 1 large white onion, rough chop
- 3 cloves garlic, throw in whole
- 1 can coconut milk, unsweetened
- 8 cups water
- 1 bunch leeks (approximately 3), white parts sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot
- Optional garnish: Italian parsley
Peel the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds (save for roasting later). Slice the butternut squash into medium size cubes. There is no need for this to be perfect, as you will blend this all in the end. Leeks are dirty so make sure and wash them! Slice the white parts of the leeks and place in a bowl of water. Swish the leeks around to remove dirt and drain the water. Rough chop the onion. In your slow cooker, place all of the above ingredients and mix to combine some. Cook on high for 4 hours. Depending on the strength of your slow cooker and size, you might have to cook longer or shorter. Stir every once in a while. Once the butternut squash is fork-tender, use an immersion blender to blend ingredients until smooth. Depending on the amount of butternut squash you use, you might need less water or more water. I prefer my soup slightly thicker, so I used more squash and less water. It’s hard to mess this one up
Prefer to cook this on the stove top instead? Sure, it’s possible. Use a large soup pot or dutch oven and use the same amount of ingredients. You will need less cooking time for this preparation.