Butternut Squash, Slow Cooker Recipe; no cows

When we had friends over before Christmas (Cranberry Crisp) I had my oven busy with roasting lamb.

Usually I try to have most of the food for dinner parties done in the oven so I don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

I want to have fun, too…..

As my oven was occupied I went in search of slow cooker ideas for vegetables…. In my case butternut squash. (I still have 15 left.)

I found the answer: Kalyn’s Kitchen Slow Cooker Butternut Squash.

Kalyn has been blogging a whole year longer than I have – she started in 2005 and I was a latecomer in 2006. We go back a long way together and I knew I could find slow cooker inspiration on her blog.

Her recipe cooks for 3 hours on high. I wanted to get it started earlier so I did it for 5 1/2 hours on low.

Everyone loved it.

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Butternut Squash, Slow Cooker Recipe

I didn’t mash the squash – just stirred well before serving. It was soft but still a bit chunky which was perfect for us. 

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 1/2 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 3 lbs (1500gr) butternut squash, cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 tbs parsley
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs butter


  • Add paprika, cumin, and sauté briefly.
  • Add butter and heat until melted.
  • Stir in parsley.
  • Put butternut squash in the slow cooker.
  • Add butter / onion mixture and stir well to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 – 6 hours.
  • When ready, spoon into a bowl and serve…. Add more butter if you like


I checked the squash after 4 1/2 hours to see if it was getting done – and it was so I left it on low. Because there was no added liquid I was a little concerned about cooking time. Had it not been close I would have turned it to high; had it been done I would have turned it off for an hour – then reheated.

Keywords: slow cooker, butternut squash

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash

It was a beautiful day today, cold but sunny and bright. We haven’t had any serious rain for over a week.

Which means the farmers were out plowing.

When we got back from Morocco the cows were gone.

They’ve always been there and I’ve really liked being able to look out the windows and watch them.

It was always fun to see the new little calves racing about the fields – once they got their wobbly legs under control.

But our farmer neighbor is retiring. He sold the herd while we were in Morocco and he’s rented the fields to another farmer.

Today they plowed them,

It’s official. This year there will be crops, not cows.

I will be sad.

4 thoughts on “Butternut Squash, Slow Cooker Recipe; no cows”

  1. Awwww, I would miss the cows too! Hub’s uncle had a big farm in PA and had cows. We’d stay with him when we visited and the girls were little. They loved the cows and I did too. There’s something calming about watching them.

    • I know – sadly, none of the children wanted to take over the farm and he wanted to retire. Cows are a lot more work than fields – esp. more work than renting the fields to someone else..

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