Slow Cooker Pear Delicata Squash Soup

I’m adding another fall recipe into the mix for Slow Cooking Thursday. I love everything about fall, the coolness at night, the leaves turning colors, and especially the lack of mosquitoes! Plus fall has a great abundance of veggies that are super tasty. I love winter squash, greens of all kinds, and root veggies.

Other than being obsessed with making paninis this week, I have been thinking about new soups to make. And yes, I have had a different panini for dinner every night this week. And I have friends coming over tonight for – you guessed it – paninis!

What are some of your fav veggie soups for fall? I’d love some new ones.

Slow Cooker Pear Delicata Squash Soup

  • 1 delicata squash, peeled and cubed (you can use butternut squash if you can’t find a delicata)
  • 2 pears, peeled and cored then cubed
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (or filtered water with Vegetarian Better Than Bouillon no-chicken, or another vegetarian chicken-like bouillon cube)
  • 1 Tb Port (or red wine)
  • sprig of fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper

Throw everything into the slow cooker and cook on low 6 – 10 hours. Remove the thyme spring and use a hand blender to puree everything together. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Top with sage pesto, or finely chopped pistachios.

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13 Responses

  1. Now this is different, the pears and the squash I never would have thought of mixing together. 🙂

    Sounds good.

  2. Sounds good. Have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for sharing! Sounds really different but good.

    Renee’
    http://rmboys2.wordpress.com/

  4. The pears probably add a little sweetness to the soup. sounds good.

  5. finally got it in the crock pot. Can’t wait to try it tonight! Here is a curried zucchini soup recipe that I love
    http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/curried-zucchini-soup?autonomy_kw=curried%20zucchini%20soup

    Lisa

  6. This was absolutely delicious. Thank you!

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  10. Sounds yummy. Roughly, what was the weight or number of cups of squash did you use? We have some varying sizes of delicata right now. Thanks!

  11. Audra,

    I would say about 3 cups of squash and 3 to 4 cups water. Use less water if your slow cooker is older and 4 cups if it’s newer or runs hot.

    I hope that helps!

    Kathy

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  13. Thank you so much! This was delicious! I added some lightly sauteed kale and mushrooms to mine. Yum!

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