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Recipe: slow cooker butternut squash soup

January 12, 2022 Posted in: Recipes , Infographics , English

Is there anything better than coming home at the end of the day to a freshly prepared meal that’s ready to eat? We don’t think so! This slow cooker soup uses in-season produce to create a nutritious and flavorful meal that the whole family will love. It’s also customizable, so you can add in more nutrient-rich produce or adjust the seasonings to your unique tastes!

The benefits of cooking with in-season produce

While most fruits and veggies are available year-round nowadays, there are still some benefits when opting for in-season ingredients. For example, shopping for produce during its peak season is often cheaper than trying to get out-of-season fruits and veggies. Plus, you can support members of your community by shopping at a local farmers market!

Customize this soup recipe to make it your own! 

An infographic shares a simple recipe for butternut squash soup you can make in a slow cooker.

Slow cooker butternut squash soup

Essential ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
     

Ingredients to make it your own:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Croutons
  • Pepitas
  • Slivered almonds
     

Directions:

  1. Peel and core the squash and apples if using. Chop squash, carrots, and apples into cubes. Mince the onion and garlic.
  2. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add in the onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and pour into your slow cooker.
  3. Add the squash, carrots, apples, vegetable stock, and whichever herbs or spices you would like to use into the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  5. Use an immersion blender or carefully transfer the hot soup into a blender. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  6. Serve immediately, and top with croutons, pepitas, or almonds. Enjoy! 

Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet is a great way to prioritize your health. Another way to focus on your overall wellness is to talk with a Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician. Schedule an appointment today to get started on the path to better health!

Sources:

Well+Good | Experts Always Say to Eat Seasonally—but What’s Really in It for Me?

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