A Warm Butternut Squash, Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup For Chilly Days

ButtThe weather turned here this week. Last week, we were running around in huge piles of leaves in our T-Shirts. This week, we’re in wellies and big coats and I’m secretly thrilled. I love the colder weather and all the beautiful colors everywhere in the autumn. What better excuse than to pull out my crockpot and make more soup! This is one of those soups takes very little time and yet tastes very rich and delicious and leaves your kitchen smelling superb. It’s vegan and dairy free. The red lentils add extra protein and iron. The ingredients are simple and you don’t need to spend much on them. Simply chop and prepare all the ingredients and pop into your crockpot. And you’ll have a delicious lunch or simple supper ready for you just a few hours later.

Note: if you don’t have a crockpot, you can also make this in a large pot. Just saute the vegetables in a little olive oil for 5 minutes, stir in the lentils and then cover with water until all the vegetables are soft. Should take about 45 minutes.)

Ingredients

1/2 butternut squash, peeled and diced
4 organic carrots, sliced
4 celery sticks, sliced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup red lentils
Filtered water or 1 pack of organic chicken stock
Optional: 1 teaspoon of Better than Bouillon
Black pepper and sea salt

Optional: Plain yogurt

Method

  • Chop all of the ingredients.
  • Place in crockpot with the lentils and cover with filtered water or chicken stock.
  • Put on the high crockpot setting for 4 hours or low for 6 hours until the vegetables are soft.
  • With an immersion blender, blend until smooth.
  • Serve with plain yogurt and extra salt and pepper.
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2 thoughts on “A Warm Butternut Squash, Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup For Chilly Days

  1. Hi Anneka, for your devoted fans the other side of the pond PLEASE could you put measurements in grams as well as cups? I’ve tried – really I have – but I can’t get my little brain round it. Really want to make this for dinner tomorrow. How much is 1/2 cup of lentils? Many thanks in advance 🙂

    • Hi! Thanks for your comment. I am so used to measuring everything in cups now instead of grams – sorry! I would get a regular English teacup and fill it half way. That’s about a half cup in American measurements. You can play around with the ingredients too – if you want more lentils, add them but add a little more liquid too. Hope that helps! You can also add in a little cream or ginger to make it even more decadent.

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