Harvest Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

This orange-golden soup is a great way to begin Thanksgiving dinner. If you make it in a slow-cooker, it also frees up the already-crowded stovetop and keeps the soup at the perfect temperature while everyone gathers at the table.

Even if you donít use a slow-cooker, this mouth-watering soup–rich with beta-carotenes and nourishment from tender winter squash and sweet potato and enlivened with a little onion, thyme, and sage–is simple to make and beautifully satisfying.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
salt and freshly-ground black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add sweet potatoes, squash, stock, thyme, and sage; season with salt and pepper, cover, and cook on Low for six hours. Or transfer ingredients to a large soup pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 1 hour.

3. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor, or directly in the slow cooker or soup pot using an immersion blender. Taste to adjust the seasonings and serve hot.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow-Cooker, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Robin Robertson. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow-Cooker, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2004).


Twila H.
Twila H10 months ago

Recipe saved! Thanks!

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Thank you Annie.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Love sweet potato soup. Thanks for this healthy recipe.

Linda E.
Linda E6 years ago

I'll be trying this to get some vitamin A into my family. it looks delicious. Thank you.

Liz Thompson
Elisabeth T6 years ago

What a wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing...

Mervi R.
Mervi R6 years ago

Lovely, I love butternut squash!

Jermmy Snape
Past Member 7 years ago

I was trying to decide what to do for dinner and I think I'll make this. It can also be considered as an healthy recipe. Thank you.
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