Smokey Butternut Squash Slow Cooker Soup

As you know I wasn’t feeling well last week, and when you are sick, there is nothing more comforting than the sight of a warm bowl of soup. The last thing I wanted to do what spend hours making a soup, so I knew a slow cooker recipe would do the trick.


I am trying to get through all the butternut squash (BNS) in my vegetable bowl because my CSA box has one every week. Every BNS soup recipe that I found on the internet was creamy, and I was in the mood for a chunky soup so I put on my creative hat.


And by creative hat, I mean I threw everything into the slow cooker that I could find in the crisper and pantry!  That included BNS, carrots, onion, bell pepper, black beans, and the secret . ingredient – KETCHUP!


Smokey Butternut Squash Slow Cooker Soup
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Serves: 6

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, cubed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 box veggie broth
  • 1 (or 4) serrano peppers, minced
  • 1½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun spice
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ¼ tablespoon pepper
  • ¼ cup ketchup

  1. Combine all ingredients in a slower cooker and cook on high for 5 hours.


Nothing better than sauteed polenta!

The soup turned out surprisingly good. It reminded me of a vegetable soup that my mother-in-law used to make all the time in the winter, which doubleplus surprisingly, my husband loves! Remember, the Bear is a meat and potatoes type of guy so getting him to eat vegetables, even in soup form, is a big accomplishment! Anyways, the Bear said he liked the soup but that I made it too spicy. Next time I won’t be using four red serrano peppers!

What’s your favorite type of soup? Creamy or chunky? 


6 thoughts on “Smokey Butternut Squash Slow Cooker Soup

  1. This looks absolutely delicious, Jillienne! Thanks for sharing – will be making it very soon! I like creamy AND chunky soups – depends on what I’m in the mood for, but most importantly, I like soups that I can toss into the crockpot and enjoy with minimal effort! I bet this would be good with a bunch of kale tossed in there, too.
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