Hippie Kitchen Recipe: Crockpot Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

True story: soup is literally my favorite meal ever.

My husband, however, he’s not the biggest fan.  He doesn’t actually think that soup is a whole meal.  I try to add as many man-friendly foods to my soups as possible, like meat, beans, and anything spicy, and he usually cooperates.  But sometimes I really just want something super healthy and plant based, like my favorite butternut squash and apple soup.

It’s not that my husband doesn’t like it, he just eats 2 sandwiches on the side.  But me, a nice, steaming bowl of this soup with a pice of crusty bread to dip is the perfect meal in my book.

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I’m a bit heavy-handed with the ginger, but if it’s not your thing feel free to cut back or leave it out altogether.  I love the taste of ginger and the medicinal properties keep my immune system in check during these cold, wet months =)

You can use whichever type of apples you choose, depending on how sweet/savory you want your soup.  I honestly use whatever I have around the house when I make this (typically granny smith or anything crisp) and I enjoy it more and more every time.  Then again, what’s not to love about a bowl of comforting, warm soup!

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Crockpot Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (vegan, gluten free)

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. vegetable stock
  • 1 small-medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed (seeds removed)
  • 4-5 small apples of your choice, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1-2 inches minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Mix prepped ingredients and spices in crockpot
  • Cover with vegetable stock, adding water if necessary
  • Cook on low for 7 hours
  • Blend with immersion blender or transfer to traditional blender in batches to blend
  • Serve it up with some crusty bread (and a few shavings of fresh Parmesan if you’re not vegan) and enjoy =)

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