Butternut Squash, Lentil, and Wild Rice Stew

Here’s a main-dish soup loaded with veggies. A great slow cooker recipe for a busy weeknight meal.

stew butternut squash lentil wild rice

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 30 mins
Cook 7 hrs to 8 hrs on low-heat setting or 3 1/2 to 4 hours on high-heat setting

Ingredients

2 pounds butternut squash
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed and drained
2/3 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 10 1/2 – ounce can condensed French onion soup
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
3/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
3 tablespoons dry sherry or dry vermouth (optional)

Directions

1. Peel squash. Halve lengthwise. Remove seeds and discard. Cut squash into 3/4-inch pieces. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine squash, onion, celery, lentils and wild rice. Stir in broth, onion soup, water, thyme and pepper.

2. Cover slow cooker; cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours. Just before serving, stir parsley and, if you like, dry sherry into mixture in slow cooker. Makes 6 main-dish servings.

Tip: For Easy Cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

recipe from: midwestliving.com

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