Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (vegan-friendly)

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (vegan-friendly)

Perfect for warming up after being out on the slopes or an easy work lunch, this soup is everything a soup should be: full of warm flavors, filling, and simple to make. Simply throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it simmer away while you’re out having fun. For non-vegans, a sprinkle of feta cheese on top sends this soup over the edge!

I first had this soup at a family friend’s ski condo after a fun, yet tiring day on the slopes. Being a dietitian, I often hear from friends or family that they get nervous to cook for me as they want to make sure whatever they make is somewhat in the realm of being healthy. As sweet as that is, I keep telling people that us dietitians eat foods that aren’t necessarily the healthiest (hello deep dish pizza and wing nights!). But I am so glad she did try out a healthier recipe as it’s so delicious!

With winter weather here to stay for at least another 1 to 2 months, I think we could all use the kind of recipe that warms us up from the inside out. This soup is loaded with comforting, belly-warming flavors thanks to the subtle sweetness from the squash and coconut milk and slight heat from the curry powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes.

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (vegan-friendly)

Texture-wise, I loved the chewy bits of lentils and cubed butternut squash, but if you prefer a creamer, smoother soup (more like a bisque), simply use an immersion or regular blender to get rid of the chunks.

If you and your dinner guests aren’t vegan, then I highly recommend adding a sprinkle of feta cheese on top. The feta brings wonderful saltiness that pairs so perfectly with the slight sweetness from the coconut milk and butternut squash. If any vegans out there have had success with a recipe for vegan feta cheese I’d love to hear what you did!

As much as I love driving and getting away from the city on weekends, after almost a month of being away (including two very scary drives in bad winter weather), I was beyond excited to just chill at home this weekend with family and the pup. In fact, Bry and I took Bernie to his first puppy class! While he’s getting potty training down fast and even sleeps (almost) through the night now, he’s gotten super bitey and needs some practice at playing nice with other dogs. The class was so fun, and, fingers crossed, we have made some progress in the socialization aspect. . .at least for other dogs and humans, but I can’t say that our shoes and clothes will be any safer from puppy destruction.

So here’s a toast to a peaceful night with a warm and full belly!

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (vegan-friendly)

Slow-cooker Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan-Friendly)

Perfect for warming up after being out on the slopes or an easy work lunch, this soup is everything a soup should be: full of warm flavors, filling, and simple to make. Simply throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it simmer away while you’re out having fun.
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butternut Squash, Slow cooker, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

  • 28- oz vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 large butternut squash peeled, de-seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup uncooked lentils look for ones that don’t need to be soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon each of curry powder cumin, and nutmeg
  • ½ – 1 tsp each ground black pepper and red pepper flakes
  • ~1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese leave out if vegan

Instructions

  • Simply place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving. For a more bisque-like soup, puree soup using either an immersion blender or pour soup into a standard blender.
  • Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of feta cheese over each bowl and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition for ¼ of recipe: 320 calories, 7 g saturated fat, 48 g carbohydrate, 14 g fiber, 8 g protein
Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (vegan-friendly)
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  • Becca | Rabbit Food Runner AvatarBecca | Rabbit Food Runnera year ago

    The soup looks fabulous but I am obsessed with that little serving bowl!! Where did you get it?

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toasta year ago

      Thanks Becca! I get so many comments on those bowls and always feel bad as I have no idea where they came from. We got them from a friend for our wedding, but I keep forgetting to ask her. On the bottom it says made in Italy and she does a good amount of travel, so my guess is she got it when she was over there.

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