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Slow-Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Apple
8 h 20 m
“You'll never guess this crock pot butternut squash soup recipe is just dump-and-go simple. The boost of flavor from maple syrup, apple-cider vinegar and spices makes all the difference! Serve this light soup as an appetizer for a vegetarian Thanksgiving feast or with a salad and crusty bread for weeknight dinners.”
1 large sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth
1 small butternut squash (about 2½ pounds), peeled and diced
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and sliced
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Toasted pepitas or croutons for serving
1Combine onion, garlic, broth, squash, apple, oil, maple syrup, vinegar, thyme, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.
2When the time is up, remove the lid and stir well. Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Serve topped with pepitas (or croutons), if desired.
To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.