Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup |

Three months later, I’m finally getting around to posting this killer Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup that my mom made for us over Thanksgiving.

Actually, make that Thanksmas.  Because once we realized that everyone in our family was going to be traveling during December, we decided to combine our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations into one big holiday.  And with that, we set aside an evening for my favorite new family tradition of the decade — our “Ebright Talks”.

Modeled after the ever-popular TED Talks (of which, I should note, my dad was one of the earliest fans), we’ve started having one night over the holidays when everyone in the family gives a 10-minute presentation on the topic of their choosing.  Visual aids are encouraged, procrastination is expected, guests are welcome, and unabashed nerding out in your presentation is a must.

So what were our topics for this year?  Well, my brother-in-law kicked things off with a delicious presentation on Beer Tasting 101.  Mom gave us the pre-movie background info on Alan Turing and The Enigma Machine.  My sister (the art teacher) presented on Similarities in World Religions As Seen In Art & Architecture.  Dad taught us all about Innovations In Geothermal Heating.  Honorary sister, Dr. Erin, gave a mythbusters chat on flu shots.  And I gave an award-winning talk and made everyone demo my favorite form of healthy multitasking: Barre3-Inspired Toothbrushing Workouts.

Don’t you wish you were part of our family?  ;)

Needless to say, the presentations were made all the more lively with plenty of wine.  Plus, our delicious sustenance for the evening was a big hit — mom’s butternut squash soup.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup |

Needless to say, after a Thanksgiving weekend packed with food, food, and more food on the agenda, we were all ready for something a little lighter when it came time for our Ebright Talks evening.  So Mom suggested we make a butternut squash soup recipe that one of her friends had recently brought to a potluck.  And we were so glad — it was a total winner!

Well, I should note that the original recipe (for some reason) called for 1 full teaspoon of cayenne, which was a little much.  So I modified that when I made it again for a group of friends a few weeks ago.  Since I had a busy day, I also decided to just toss all of the ingredients in the crock pot and make a slow cooker version of this soup.  Double winner.

Simply throw some simple ingredients in a large slow cooker (including my favorite “secret” ingredient — a tart granny smith apple)…

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup |

…then once the slow cooker has done its thing, puree it to smooth perfection using an immersion blender.  (Or a traditional blender.)

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup |

Stir in some coconut milk to make it nice and creamy…

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup |

…then serve it up!

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup |

I served this swirled with some extra coconut milk and cayenne pepper sprinkled on top, so that my friends could control their level of spicy-ness.  But feel free to garnish it with whatever sounds good.

Bottom line, if you love butternut squash soup, bookmark this recipe because it’s guaranteed to be a keeper.  Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, so it’s perfect to serve to a crowd.  Especially if you decide to host a nerdy night of “presentations” too.  (Which you totally should.  Just sayin’.)

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

This slow cooker butternut soup is rich, creamy, and full of delicious butternut flavor. It's also naturally vegan and gluten-free.


  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 1 medium (uncooked) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
  • pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup canned (unsweetened) coconut milk
  • optional garnishes: extra coconut milk and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (or smoked paprika)


Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, sage, onion, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg to a large slow cooker.  Toss to combine.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high, or until the squash is completely tender and mashes easily with a fork.  Remove and discard the sage.  Stir in the coconut milk.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.  (Or you can transfer the soup in two batches into a traditional blender, and puree until smooth, being very careful when working with the hot liquid.)  Taste, and season with additional salt, pepper and cayenne if needed.

Serve warm, with optional garnishes if desired.

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  1. Meghan — October 13, 2016 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    I couldn’t find any fresh sage at my market, how would this cook with dried sage? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 14th, 2016 @ 12:54 pm

      Hi Meghan! We would suggest adding the dried sage towards the very end of the cooking time (last 5-10 min), and we would suggest 1/2 tsp (you can always add more to taste, if you like). We hope you enjoy!

  2. Elizabeth — October 14, 2016 @ 3:39 pm (#)

    Delicious!!! Made it for tonight’s dinner and the taste test was amazing. Going to pair it with some grilled cheese for this fall night. LOVED it thanks 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16th, 2016 @ 10:06 am

      Thanks, Elizabeth — we’re so glad to heat that! :)

  3. Lauren — October 16, 2016 @ 8:52 am (#)

    Hi! Thanks for the great recipe! Are there any apples I could use in place of Granny Smith? I work at an orchard, so I’d like to use one of their varieties. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16th, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

      You’re welcome, we hope you enjoy it! You could use any other tart apple (Pink Lady would be great)! :)

  4. Kathi — October 17, 2016 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    Can this be left in the slow cooker longer than 4 hours? What is the max time, if I cooked it on low? thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 8:59 am

      Hi Kathi! Yes, alternatively you can cook for 6-8 hours on low, as the recipe states. We hope you enjoy!

  5. Kimberly — October 18, 2016 @ 12:18 am (#)

    I am part of a meal swap group with 2 other families. I’m planning on making this in a couple of days. Do you have any ideas of what I can serve with this soup? I would serve grilled cheese with it if it were just my little family but I think I’d rather do something else for the group. Any suggestions would be great! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 9:24 am

      Hi Kimberly! A nice fall salad would be great with this!

  6. Stephanie — October 18, 2016 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    This recipe is now in WEEKLY rotation at my house– two adults and two tweens. I buy cubed butternut squash at Trader Joe’s, two bags, so it’s seriously zero effort. I even started using baby carrots to avoid having to peel and cut a carrot. I serve it with Trader Joe’s frozen naan (Indian flatbread) since we serve it at the end of the week– that way the bread doesn’t go bad. They all love it and it’s more than enough for all of us plus leftovers.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Stephanie — we’re so glad to hear you and your family are fans! :)

  7. Helen Ford — October 18, 2016 @ 9:04 pm (#)

    I plan to make this soup as I have a butternut squash sitting on my kitchen counter right now.It looks very tasty and appropriate for the autumn season.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

      Awesome! We hope you enjoy it, Helen!

  8. Harvey — October 19, 2016 @ 5:03 am (#)

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  9. Sara — October 19, 2016 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    You mention nutmeg in the method but it’s not in the ingredients list. How much nutmeg is used?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

      Hi Sara! It’s in the ingredient list, it’s just listed with the cinnamon. A pinch of each. :)

  10. Dawn — October 19, 2016 @ 7:42 pm (#)

    Making this tonight for the second time. My husband loves thus soup. He has Celiac Disease so this soup is perfect. Thank you

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 24th, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

      We’re so glad you both enjoy it, Dawn! :)

  11. Mary — October 21, 2016 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    The best part about the season is all the soups that i’ll be making!
    This look delish! I can’t wait to use the coconut milk!