Gluten Free Living – 2014
Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup is another lovely soup recipe that’s seasoned, oh so deliciously, with thyme, rosemary, marjoram and parsley along with a host of great veggies and fruit. This recipe is SO E-A-S-Y because you can just toss everything into the slow cooker. It’s also vegan and gluten free, not to mention healthy, low in calories and clean.
I had to figure out a way to use up some squash that had been sitting in a basket on my counter for awhile. Initially, I was also going to puree the soup and add spaghetti squash to the recipe. But after cooking it in the slow cooker, I decided to forgo pureeing the soup because I liked the look and texture of it and decided not to stir in spaghetti squash either. The soup is really tasty just like it is without any embellishments.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to put this together so I baked the squash (which is easier for me than paring the skin from butternut squash) before adding it with the other ingredients in the slow cooker. However, I would recommend two options. Only partially bake the squash — like 30 minutes at 350 instead of 60 minutes and toss the squash in with most of it’s texture intact. Or, option two: peel the squash and cut out the meat (remove pulp and seeds) and put the squash into the slow cooker raw with all the other raw veggies and fruit. That way it won’t be too mushy. I didn’t mind the texture the way it was, but others may, so I offer these options for those who prefer a different texture than me.
If you’re looking for an alternative to all the heavy Super Bowl fare and trying to cut down on calories after Christmas than consider this really tasty soup. I highly recommend you purchase the spices if you don’t normally have them on hand because they are what make this soup so tasty, otherwise it will be bland. Give my skinny version of Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup a try. It’s great for Meatless Mondays or as a comfort food for cold winter nights where you want something hot to warm you up. And the ease of using the slow cooker makes this even more appealing. We sure enjoyed it and hope you will too.
Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup is a wonderfully savory soup that’s quite pleasing on the taste buds.
You will love the ease and convenience of making this in the slow cooker. If you’re looking for low calorie and healthy recipes to help with weight reduction this skinny soup is a great option.
Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup is vegan and gluten free.
Here’s what I did.
I baked my squash, but you can also peel and carve it down and put it into the crockpot raw if that’s easier for you. If you do bake it, I would only partially bake the squash – maybe 30 minutes tops – so the squash still has a nice texture going into the crockpot.
I added these veggies and fruits (after washing, paring, or dicing). I used vegetable broth and water to make this recipe.
I’ve tossed everything into the crockpot and added the spices here. Stir to combine. Cook 3-4 hours on high and everything should be cooked through. Check squash. If it’s raw you may have to cook it a little longer to get it fork tender. Check seasonings. Add more if desired.
To serve: Serve from your crockpot or soup tureen and ladle into bowls. Sprinkle additional thyme and rosemary over top of the individual servings.
I love the tastes of rosemary and thyme together in any kind of main dish or side dish recipe. The addition of marjoram even increases the wonderful flavors. They go together like hands in gloves!
This close up shows the extra salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary I sprinkled over top of the individual bowls. We served this soup with Basic White Bread – Take Two! Which was quite tasty. It was the first time I used my new breadmaker and the loaf came out quite nicely.
Here’s the recipe.
ACORN AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
(My own concoction)
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut in chunks
- 1 large acorn squash, seeded and cut in chunks
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 1 large leek, quartered and sliced
- 1/3 cup celery leaves, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 ½ cups sliced carrots
- 2 Gala apples, diced
- 32-oz. vegetable broth
- 2 ½ cups water (or additional vegetable broth)
- 1 tsp. marjoram
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tbsp. parsley
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- ¾ tsp. pepper
- extra thyme and rosemary for garnish
- Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high about 3-4 hours until done.
- Check seasonings.
- Add more thyme, rosemary, parsley and marjoram if needed.
- Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with more thyme and rosemary. (Use fresh if you have it).
Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup is a very satisfying comfort food on cold winter nights when you want something hot to warm you up and take the chill off. I loved the texture of this dish so I decided not to puree the ingredients but to leave them as is, instead. Yum, so flavorful.
Doesn’t Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup look terrific? You can eat two or three bowls of Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup and not feel guilty because it’s low in calories as well as being good for you! However, it’s quite filling–you may not be able to eat that much in one sitting!
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