I love butternut squash soup. A lot. And as I mentioned on Saturday’s post, I like to make batches of soup, portion them out, and take them to work for lunches. So this week, as is the case many weeks, I decided to whip up some butternut squash goodness.
My usual method for this is to cube up the squash, chop some other veggies, season and drizzle with maple syrup, and roast it all in the oven, then blend with stock. But I wanted something I could just whip up before going to bed Saturday night and not have to stay up late waiting for it to roast, then blend, etc. So I decided to see how it would go in the slow cooker.
I won’t credit the slow cooker for it necessarily…but this is probably the best butternut squash soup I’ve ever made. Nailed it. Straight up.
I had to skip the maple syrup because of the 21 Day Sugar Detox, but the squash has enough natural sweetness that I didn’t really miss it. I also threw in some pretty multi-coloured carrots:
I grabbed these at the farmer’s market yesterday because they lured me in with their prettiness. I look forward to extra-pretty carrot sticks in my lunches all week. But I used one of each colour in this soup, just because.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1″ cubes
3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 small or 1 large yellow onions, peeled and quartered
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tsp dried rosemary
~4 cups stock (I used beef stock)
salt to taste
Prepare vegetables and toss them all into your slow cooker. Sprinkle with rosemary and some salt. If your stock is salted, be careful not to go overboard here – you can always adjust the seasoning when you’re finishing the soup. My stock was homemade and unseasoned so I added a fair bit. Add enough stock to just barely cover the vegetables. Cook on low for 10 hours, then puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a large blender or food processor. Adjust seasoning to taste and add extra stock if needed to get your desired consistency.
So simple, soooo tasty!