Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Nothing says warm and cozy like a hot bowl of soup on a cold winters day. Today I’m linking up with seven other collaborators from The Casual Veggie Cookbook to bring you delicious  soup and stew recipes to get you through these colder months. Lets take a break from all the Christmas cookies and baked goods for a minute and fill our bellies with this healthy and delicious Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup.


I love my slow cooker . It’s by far one of my favorite kitchen appliances and whereas I use it all year long it tends to make more of an appearance during the colder months. With the holidays upon us and time being of the essence I was all about making this soup as easy as possible to throw together. By using pre-chopped butternut squash cubes I was able to make that happen but even if you end up dicing your own this soup with still come together in no time at all.


This vegetarian soup is full of protein packed lentils and nutrient-rich veggies. The lentils and squash soften as they cook giving the soup a nice and creamy consistency. I recommend sticking with red lentils for this recipe as they tend to cook quicker and get mushy when cooked through, making them perfect for thickening soups. This hearty and healthy soup is full of flavor that even my my non-vegetable eating 2-year-old gobbled it up three nights in a row.


For more veggie-centered recipes like this one check out The Casual Veggie Cookbook ready and available for download now. In the meantime, click on the links below for more tasty soup and stew recipes.

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 large butternut squash peeled and diced (about 6 cups)
  • 1½ cups dried red lentils
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 7 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. In a large crock pot add all the ingredients, then cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Stir the soup to make it a rough puree.
  3. Serve topped with sea salt and fresh ground pepper

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By | 2018-06-01T09:37:35+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Crock-Pot, Soup/Sandwiches|14 Comments


  1. Farrah December 15, 2015 at 10:17 am

    It’s perfect soup weather right now! :] This looks delicious!

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  3. admin December 15, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks. It’s actually 70 degrees here in Charlotte but I hear it’s going to get cold soon. Regardless this time of year calls for soup.

  4. Anne|Craving Something Healthy December 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I gave away my slow cooker years ago, and just invested in a new one – can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  6. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I love the dash of nutmeg!!

  7. Leigh Suznovich December 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Oh, yum! Butternut squash is my favorite. I can’t wait to try this one!

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  9. Liz December 15, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Such a simple and comforting soup! Love it! It was so wonderful collaborating with you again for this lovely little link party 🙂

  10. admin December 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Thank you!

  11. grace December 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    i don’t use my slow cooker for soups often enough! i love the components of this one…as well as the whole set-it-and-forget-it notion! 🙂

  12. admin December 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I say embrace the slow cooker:)

  13. Adina December 17, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I have never thought of combining lentils and butternut in a soup, sounds great, I have to give a try someday.

  14. Rachel @ Delicious Balance December 20, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I see myself making this in the near future…I love soups in the slow cooker!

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