Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Homemade Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup is easier to make than you think and totally delicious.  This version of the recipe is healthy, yet just as tasty!

Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe healthy - Sweetened with apple and made creamy with greek yogurt! Yum! / Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!

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 things are too hard to cut up, it’s too many ingredients and it will never taste as good as the restaurant!

The moral of this story is I was wrong on ALL fronts and this soup is a keeper!

The turning point came when I finally figured out how to effectively cut up a butternut squash.  And once you figure this out my friends, you will not go back.

First 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.

Second, you 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.

You can then cut what’s left in half, scoop the seeds out like a pumpkin and chop as the recipe calls for.  It’s actually pretty easy.

The other secret to this Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup is packing it with all sorts of unexpected yumminess.  I threw in carrots, sweet onions AND a tart green apple!


That gives the finished product a nice sweetness without adding any sugar or sweeteners.

After the veggie goodness simmers all day you run the soup through an immersion blender to make it smooth and creamy.  My Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup is finished with a small amount of greek yogurt to make it even more creamy.

Total soup bliss!  And really not that hard at all.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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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


  • 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


  • 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.  If it's to thick add more broth.
  • Stir in the Greek yogurt!
  • Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt and pumpkin seeds!


This soup is great with pumpkin seeds on top!


Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 763mgPotassium: 874mgFiber: 6gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 22816IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup
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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed this Throwback Thursday post where I’m updating some Running in a Skirt classics and sharing them with you. Tomorrow I’ll be talking about how I trained Makena to run with me.

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By | 2020-06-19T13:30:42-04:00 November 16th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Crock Pot Meals, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Soups, Vegetarian Meals|54 Comments


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

    I love butternut squash soup – this looks amazing!

  5. 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!

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

    Gotta try this!!! Looks so delicious!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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

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

    This looks delicious! Never thought to put apples in butternut soup. Sounds yummy! 🙂

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

    Looks amazing. I love the crock pot. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Annmarie and me. 🙂

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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 🙂 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

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

    I like butternut squash anything! This looks yummy!

  23. 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!

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

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. [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!

  28. 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 🙂 I love it!

  29. 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 🙂

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

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

    This sounds FANTASTIC. This I gotta try!

  34. 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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