Here’s a delicious soup I prepared for lunch with friends the other day. It’s a slow cooker recipe from the folks at America’s Test Kitchen. I love their recipes because they test the living daylights out of everything to make sure they’ve created really yummy dishes.

Butternut Squash Chowder

6 slices bacon, chopped fine

1 onion, chopped fine

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme or 3/4 tsp. dried

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/3 cup flour

4 c. chicken broth

3 c. vegetable broth

3 lb. butternut squash, (8 c.) peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2 ” pieces

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

salt and pepper

8 oz. kale, stemmed, leaves sliced into 1/4 ” strips

1/2 c. heavy cream

1 tbsp. fresh sage, minced (optional)

1 tsp. brown sugar

grated Parmesan cheese

Cook bacon in 12″ skillet over med. high heat until crisp. Stir in onion, garlic, thyme and nutmeg and cook until onion is lightly browned. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in 2 c. chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer to slow cooker.

bacon and onions start of soup basebutternut squash

Stir remaining broths, half of squash and bay leaves into slow cooker. Toss remaining squash with oil, season with salt and pepper and wrap in foil packet. Lay foil packet on top of soup. Cover and cook 4 – 6 hours on low.
Transfer foil packet to plate. Remove bay leaves. Stir kale into soup, cover and cook on high 20 – 30 minutes.


Carefully open foil packet and stir squash and accumulated juice into soup. Stir in cream, sage and sugar and let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, extra nutmeg to taste, and parmesan. Serve and enjoy!

lunch guests

I served this soup to my charming guests on Valentine’s day. We shared a simple meal, latte’s, some stashed Christmas cookies and great conversation. Nice to spend time together.

7 thoughts

    1. Thanks, Hilary. I like it too or I wouldn’t have stuck with it this long, but there MIGHT be another theme I like as well. I just have to take the time to look. I know there are a lot of themes I don’t like… Hope the season is going well. Miss you guys!


  1. This is a great soup recipe and a little different from what I tend to prepare routinely! I can imagine it serves very nicely as a soup for guests. Anything with cream and sage has my attention! đŸ™‚


  2. Such a hearty sounding soup, and a unique preparation too. If I may make a comment about your blog … you write about such lovely things but I often don’t read your posts because I find the red and white on the black background harsh on the eyes. I don’t know if others have the same experience but thought I would mention it.


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