Slow Cooker Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Stew

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A scrumptious fall recipe that comes together in a flash

Looking for slow cooker recipes that are easy, healthy, and delicious? This simple Slow Cooker Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Stew recipe hits the spot! Savory red lentils add a creaminess to sweet butternut squash, making it a perfect recipe for fall. It comes together fast and is super filling. You can substitute any squash you have on hand or even peeled and cubed sweet potatoes for the squash to customize it to your liking.

Fall in Love With This Veggie-Packed Stew

Whether you’re planning ahead for a busy day or just searching for a soup recipe that the whole family will enjoy, this one can check off multiple boxes at the same time.

Many families talk about struggling to find ways to get more vegetables into their meals, while this recipe gives you a whole meal out of just vegetables! This would be a fun way to get your family on board an Eat Your Veggies Challenge any month of the year!

Another good thing about red lentil soup is that you can enjoy it the day you make it, as well as use it as a simple meal prep recipe for the entire week. This Easy Veggie Roast is another good way to get those veggies in too.

Ingredients Needed to Create Slow Cooker Red Lentil & Butternut Squash Stew

This hearty soup combines the rich vegetable flavor with a hint of sweetness from the squash and seasonings. The core ingredients are pretty simple, but you can always mix and match seasonings to reach the flavor you’re looking for.

  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Large carrot
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Butternut squash
  • Dried red lentils
  • Vegetable Broth (or Stock)
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper

For a pinch of yum, you could also try some minced garlic, lime juice, a large bay leaf, curry powder, or even some pine nuts for topping. This will depend on if you’re looking for something more sweet or something spicy.

Squash and lentils aren’t something that many use frequently, but they are a great way to mix up your meals. If you’ve never cooked with a squash before, check out these tips on how to cut and peel a butternut squash. If lentils are new to you and you want to try and find more ways to incorporate them into your meals, we recommend this Sunflower Lentil Dip or Lentil and Kale Soup!

How to Make Slow Cooker Red Lentil & Butternut Squash Stew

This is a great recipe for an easy weeknight dinner that you can throw together in the slow cooker before leaving for work and coming home to a house that smells like fall. You can even place a liner in the bottom of the slow cooker for a simple clean-up afterward.

To make this delicious slow cooker red lentil and butternut squash stew, simply prepare all of your ingredients and then combine them all in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, making sure that the squash and lentils are tender, and then you’re ready to spoon the lentil stew into serving bowls and serve with some delicious crusty bread.

If you need some more ways to put your slow cooker to use this season, check out these 15 Slow Cooker Meals for Fall. There’s really nothing better than good food and a warm home to set the tone for a relaxing season.

Do Lentils Need to Be Soaked Before Slow Cooking?

If you’re not sure how to cook lentils, that’s okay! Trying new things and learning about different ingredients helps to keep cooking fun and exciting. The end result you are looking for is a tender vegetable that simply melts in your mouth.

Some like to soak their lentils before cooking, but when using the slow cooker, this isn’t necessary. It will do all of that work for you!

How to Store This Veggie-Packed Stew

Soups are an awesome way to meal prep during the cooler months. It is easy to make a big batch and use up the leftovers throughout the week, either for individual lunches or for another night’s main course.

To store this butternut squash red lentil stew, you can either move it to a large soup pot that will make for a simple warm-up the next night on the stove, or you can store it in individual airtight containers that can be placed in the microwave. Either way, you choose to store it, when it comes to reheating, you might need to add a bit of water to get the right consistency. Just warm it up on medium to low heat, using small time increments to retain all of the delicious flavor.

These Wholesome Vegetarian Soups can also serve as delicious ways to bring the tastes and smells of fall into your kitchen.

More Slow Cooker Stews to Add to the Fall Menu

easy tomato and basil slow cooker stew

This time of the year, it is important to keep your immune system strong, and a cozy stew is one of the best ways to get that done. Filled with hearty vegetables, fresh spices, and yummy broth, these healthy recipes are not only good for building you up, but since the slow cooker does the work, it also simplifies the cooking process, taking away from your mental overwhelm.

The next time you want to utilize that crock pot or slow cooker try out these delicious and healthy recipes

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Slow Cooker Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Stew

This sweet and savory slow cooker stew is a great addition to your fall menu.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 onion small, diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 carrot medium, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 butternut squash large, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper fresh ground, to taste


  • Combine all of the ingredients in your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until squash and lentils are tender, and liquid is absorbed. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 101mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Slow Cooker

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