Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup

The BEST Healthy Butternut Squash Soup recipe Crock Pot is a cozy autumn soup that’s easy to make, creamy, and delicious.  This healthy and vegetarian slow cooker soup is filled with butternut squash, apple, and carrots for added sweetness and texture.  It’s finished with creamy greek yogurt keeping the flavors high and calorie count down.

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Do you ever shy away from making something because you think it will be too hard?  Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup was one of those things for me.

I used to think…. those hard winter squashes are too challenging to cut up.  This soup has too many ingredients and it will never taste as good as the restaurant!

Turns out I was totally wrong.  Cutting up a butternut squash isn’t THAT hard and if you make THIS Butternut Squash soup recipe is will taste even BETTER than eating out.  My Butternut Squash Soup recipe is also surprisingly healthier than your favorite restaurants too.

This is one of those times I’m happy I wasn’t right. ๐Ÿ™‚

Butternut Squash Soup recipe Crock Pot

This Butternut Squash Soup recipe Crock Pot is smooth and velvety celebrating all the savory flavors of autumn.  My version is special because it includes a few surprises like apples and carrots to naturally sweeten the fruit and add to the flavor profile.

Make a big batch of this soup with your favorite crock pot, slow cooker, or instant pot for a meal your family will simply love.

Bowl of butternut squash soup next to butternut squash and carrots.

What’s the Easiest Way to Cut a Butternut Squash?

Before we dive into the Crock Pot Butternut Squash soup let’s start with cutting up that pesky squash.  If you are curious what the easist way to cut a butternut squash is… here we go!

MICROWAVE IT!

YES, my first trick it to soften the entire squash just a bit in the microwave so it’s not so challenging to cut.  Here’s how you do it.

  1. Pierce the skin with a knife like a baked potato, then microwave the squash for 2-3 minutes whole.  This step allows the squash to soften just enough to cut it easily.  Just be careful when you pull it out of the microwave, it gets hot fast.
  2. Cut the top and bottom off of it to it will not roll around when you are using it.  Next, you take a vegetable peeler and clear off the skin.
  3. You can then cut what’s left in half, scoop the seeds out like a pumpkin, and chop as the recipe calls for.

Turns out it’s actually pretty easy to cut up a whole butternut squash!  If you still don’t feel comfortable doing this they do now sell cut up butternut squash in most grocery stores produce departments.  Look for it near the cut up and prepared fruit.

A whole butternut squash on a cutting board showing how to cut the butternut squash.

Healthy Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe

The other secret to this Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup is packing with lots of flavors but still keeping it on the light side.

To boost the nutritional value of the soup I added tart green apples and carrots.  The pair also adds lots of flavors and a touch of sweetness to the soup without an actual sweetener.

My other healthy swap for my Slow Cooker Squash Soup is using greek yogurt instead of heavy cream to get that smooth creamy flavor at the end.  It keeps the recipe so much lighter than cream but still gives it that velvety texture you long for in a creamy butternut squash soup.

Butternut squash, carrots, apples and onion in a crock pot before the soup is cooked.

Ingredients in the Butternut Squash Soup:

This might look like a long list, but all of these ingredients are easy to find including spices you probably already have in your spice cabinet.

  • Butternut Squash: Butternut squash is a nutty and sweet vegetable that’s the perfect base for this creamy fall soup. Cut up a whole large butternut squash like a described above or take a shortcut and buy the precut squash in the produce department of your favorite grocery store.
  • Carrot: I added a whole carrot to this recipe to give the soup some sweetness and texture.  Cut it up into cubes.
  • Green Apple: Green apple brings out an extra touch of sweetness to the soup.  You can use any kind but I love a tart Granny Smith one for my recipe.
  • Onion: Use a sweet or Vidalia onion if you can find it.  A freshly chopped onion adds lots of savory flavor to the Butternut Squash soup.
  • Vegetable Stock: Use a high quality, low sodium vegetable stock to keep this soup savory AND vegetarian.  If you aren’t vegetarian you can add chicken stock.
  • Greek Yogurt: I add creamy greek yogurt at the end of this recipe to give the soup a velvety texture without adding heavy cream.  You can use 0% to full fat but the soup will be creamier the higher percentage of fat greek yogurt you use.  2% is a nice compromise.
  • Spices: I use a combination of sweet and savory spices for my squash soup… Nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, bay leaves.
  • Garnish: To garnish this soup use your favorite pumpkin seeds and a dollop of extra green yogurt.

 

How do you know if a butternut squash is ripe?

When shopping for your butternut squash for the soup look for one that has no green spots.  The skin should be hard, not glossy at all, and even in color.  Good winter squash should be hard and tough to pierce.

 

Health Benefits of Butternut Squash…

Butternut Squash is another superfood that’s low in calories and fat.  It’s high in fiber and filled with vitamin A.  It’s also a great source for vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.  Its bight color is a vibrant food that’s full of antioxidants and perfect for this healthy butternut squash soup recipe.

Close up of the Butternut Squash Soup recipe Crock Pot in a white bowl with pumpkin seeds.

How to Make Butternut Squash Soup recipe…

Put the vegetable stock, onion, carrots, butternut squash, apple, and spices in your favorite crock pot.

  1. Cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Remove the bay leaves.
  3. Blend the soup.
  4. Stir in the greek yogurt at the end.
  5. Serve with your favorite garnish.

 

How to blend the soup…

You can use a traditional blender to blend your soup in batches or use one of my favorite kitchen tools… the immersion blender!  With an immersion blender, you can blend the soup right in the crock pot by putting the blade into the soup and turning it on.  You simply slowly move the blender through the soup until it is creamy.

This is a great immersion blender if you don’t have one already.

Overhead shot of Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe in a white bowl on a napkin.

Soup Variations and Pro Tips:

This simple Butternut Squash Soup recipe is great as it is but here are a few variations that you might also love.

  • Curried Squash Soup: To make it a curried butternut squash soup add 1-2 tablespoons or a red curry paste and a 1/2 teaspoon of dried ginger.
  • Make it Spicy: To add some heat to your soup ad a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Mix up the Squash: Butternut squash is great but you can mix it up with kabocha or acorn squash.
  • Add Rice: To make the Butternut Squash Soup a more filling meal add rice or quinoa to your bowl.
  • Make it Vegan: Use coconut milk instead of greek yogurt to easily make this soup vegan! The coconut milk has a lovely flavor that also compliments the butternut squash.

 

Is Butternut Squash Soup Healthy for you?

Often Butternut Squash Soup is filled with heavy cream making it high in calories and not the best choice when eating out.  If you make my version I use greek yogurt instead of cream.  The greek yogurt is lower in calories and higher in probiotics.  This soup has all the nutrients of the butternut squash I listed above PLUS the added bonus of having carrots and apples in it.

 

I hope you love this Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe as much as I do.  It’s a family favorite I’ve made over and over again.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Healthy Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe / Running in a Skirt

Crock Pot Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Julie Wunder
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 158 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cubed (about 6 cups)
  • 1 small green apple, peeled & cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to toast
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plus additional for garnish
  • garnish: roasted pumpkin seeds

Instructions
 

  • Put the stock, onion, carrots, butternut squash, apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, salt, pepper and bay leaves in a large Crock Pot.
  • Allow to cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours until all the vegetables are completely tender.
  • Remove the bay leaves.
  • With an immersion blender, blend the soup well. Alternatively you can blend the soup in a standard blender in batches.ย  If it's to thick add more broth.
  • Stir in the Greek yogurt!
  • Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt and pumpkin seeds!

Notes

This soup is great with pumpkin seeds on top!

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 763mgPotassium: 874mgFiber: 6gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 22816IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 2mg
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By | 2020-09-30T07:17:40-04:00 September 30th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Crock Pot Meals, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Soups, Vegetarian Meals|57 Comments

57 Comments

  1. Deborah Brooks September 30, 2020 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Very excited for soup season and this butternut squash soup looks fantastic!

  2. Leslie September 30, 2020 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Adding apples and carrots to this Butternut Squash Soup recipe is a wonderful idea! I love the Greek Yogurt addition as well! YUM!

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  7. Annmarie November 17, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I love butternut squash soup – this looks amazing!

  8. Patricia @Sweet and Strong November 17, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Such a good idea to add an apple to sweeten. I love the creaminess of butternut squash soup, definitly need to try this one!

  9. Archie November 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Gotta try this!!! Looks so delicious!

  10. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real November 16, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I really need to start working on crock pot soup recipes. I wouldn’t have thought to use one to make soup!

  11. Emily Swanson November 16, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Pureed soup is absolutely delicious! It’s so fun to cook all the veggies and then puree them, because you can taste all the flavors, but the pureed texture makes it incredibly creamy!

  12. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups November 16, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I love butternut squash but always struggle cutting it, I will have to try microwaving it for a couple minutes next time, thanks for the tip!

  13. Miz Helen October 7, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Your Squash Soup looks amazing and I love that it is prepared in the crock pot a plus for a busy day. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  14. easypeasylifematters October 5, 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! Never thought to put apples in butternut soup. Sounds yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Rachel October 5, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Looks amazing. I love the crock pot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking up with Annmarie and me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Faith VanderMolen October 5, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I love adding apple to squash soups! This looks delicious and perfect for fall!

  17. Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life October 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    We love butternut squash soup here and are always up for trying new recipes! This looks delicious and I love that it is made in the crockpot!

  18. Farrah October 2, 2015 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    I love butternut squash, and crockpot recipes are the best! They make life so convenient, and knowing that you have something super tasty waiting at home for you makes it that much easier to not run out to grab something on the way back!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

      It does! Takes a little bit of planning, but it’s worth it!

  19. Sarah October 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    YUM! Vegetable soups are such a great comfort food to warm up with in the fall! I love butternut squash soup and the addition of the green apple!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Thanks Sarah! It adds a sweetness and complexity to the flavor!

  20. Sam @ PancakeWarriors October 2, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Yum loving that addition of green apple! That tip about butternut squash is invaluable! That’s seriously the hardest part of most of these recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

      I used to buy it already cut up because I was afraid I’d hurt myself, but this makes it a breeze!

  21. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets October 2, 2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Ooh. I got butternut squash in my farm share and this is exactly what I want to do with it. Delicious looking recipe!

  22. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet October 1, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I’ve never tried putting green apple in my butternut squash soup before. What a great idea! Looks delicious!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 11:29 am - Reply

      It really bumps up the flavor profile! Thanks for stopping by today!

  23. Beth Ann Chiles October 1, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Fall soups are a favorite in my household and this looks like it is one just made for fall . Thanks for a great recipe and step by step helps!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Thanks! It’s a really tasty one. Great to see you today!

  24. Andrea September 30, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Yum! This is something I actually like to make- never thought about doing it in the crockpot. I’ll have to try it like that this year. Adding the apple is key!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

      It is! It sweetens is so naturally and adds a punch to the flavor profile!

  25. [email protected] the Long Way Home September 29, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    I like butternut squash anything! This looks yummy!

  26. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes September 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Huh, never would have thought it put it in the microwave to make it easier to cut! Great tip!

    • JulieWunder October 4, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Thanks Sue! It really helps! I’m way to clumsy to be cutting into that thing without doing some trick!

  27. Nicole @ Fitful Focus September 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    YUM!!! I can’t wait for warm soups.

  28. Mandi Korn September 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips on how to cut up the squash, I have always struggled with that myself.

  29. Jess @hellotofit September 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I made butternut squash soup from Skinnytaste on Sunday, and it took me SO LONG to peel the butternut squash. I’ll have to remember this for next time!

    • JulieWunder September 29, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Yes! It’s such a good little tip. Gets it peeled in no time.

  30. [email protected] September 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I love butternut squash, but always get so irritated at the prep work involved.Thank you for sharing this tip!! Also, this soup looks divine! I love the addition of the apple!

    • JulieWunder September 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Once you get that sucker open, it’s really not that hard!

  31. Heather @Fit n Cookies September 29, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Confession: I’ve never had butternut squash soup. I did have roasted butternut squash last night though! I feel like I should try it out at a restaurant or something first to make sure I’d like it before buying all the ingredients and making it, lol.

    • JulieWunder September 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      haha! I’d normally say no way– you’d love it! But I know you have harder taste buds to please ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it!

  32. Beverley @ sweaty&fit September 29, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

    squash is actually my favorite vegetable, so i don’t tend to shy away from the recipes, BUT i did wish it was easier to cut. Definitely will try out your microwave trick!! thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Annmarie September 29, 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

    I LOVE butternut squash soup- this looks fantastic!!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • JulieWunder September 29, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      It’s soooo good! I hope you love it as much as I do!

  34. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 29, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply

    This looks exactly like Panera’s autumn squash soup which just so happens to be my favorite soup in the world! I cannot wait to try this baby out especially since it’s a good ole crockpot recipe.

  35. I also like to add an apple it does give the soup a nice flavor. Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  36. Susie @ SuzLyfe September 29, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    This sounds FANTASTIC. This I gotta try!

  37. Blane Sherer September 29, 2015 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I think those step by step helpful tips for preparing the
    squash will be especially helpful for folks.

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