Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas

We can’t contain our excitement because it’s time to start sharing recipe ideas for fall!

While many people are excited that sweater weather is back, and rightfully so, we’re actually busy celebrating the return of soup season. A hot pot of soup serves as the perfect answer to the crisp autumn air, and we’re confident this recipe will enter your regular cooking rotation, particularly if you’re a fan of butternut squash.

This soup is easy to make. It’s rich and creamy. It has a beautiful garnish. What more could we ask for from a slow cooker recipe?

What are we waiting for? Let’s get cooking!


Soup Ingredients:

  • 1 chopped yellow onion

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 1 medium butternut squash, chopped into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 peeled and chopped Granny Smith apple

  • 32 oz vegetable broth

  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

  • 2 tbl. maple syrup

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Maple Roasted Chickpeas:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), de-skinned

  • 1 tbl. canola oil

  • 1 ½ tbl. pure maple syrup

  • 1 tbl. brown sugar

  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

  • ⅛ tsp. salt


For the Soup:

  1. Add the onion, carrots, butternut squash and apple to the Crock-Pot® Express Crock Multi-Cooker

  2. Pour vegetable broth over ingredients

  3. Using the “Steam” setting, cook for 8 minutes

  4. Once vegetables are cooked, puree the soup using a blender

  5. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, and salt & pepper to taste

Maple Roasted Chickpeas:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

  2. Place chickpeas on a large baking sheet

  3. Combine canola oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt

  4. Pour mixture over chickpeas and toss until well-coated

  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 mins

  6. Remove when chickpeas are crunchy

  7. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with maple roasted chickpeas

  8. Enjoy!


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Love this recipe? We’ll be sharing more tasty treats in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to Half Full.