Butternut Squash Chowder with Kale, Corn and Italian Sausage

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It has been so nice this fall, but I am still loving fall soups!   I had a baby 2 weeks ago, and I am on a mission to eat healthy!  I am pretty lucky, because most of my clothes fit me right when I got home from the hospital with my little man.

But still, through all the sleepless nights, keeping my older boys from poking the baby and trying to get my older two boys to school and their lessons on time,  healthy crock pot soups seem like a good way to go.  Lots of comforting veggies.

This chowder has a creamy butternut squash base and was made in the slow cooker.  This was really easy to make and had tons of flavor!

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My husband doesn’t always love having soup for dinner- but since this one was hearty and had Italian Sausage in it- he was game.  Although this is made in a slow cooker- there are two different steps.  Cooking the base of the soup- then adding other ingredients an hour or so before eating.

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chowder

Ingredients 

1 Medium sized butternut squash- peeled and chopped

32 ounces of vegetable broth- you can use chicken broth too

1 medium sized onion – chopped

1 bag of frozen corn

1-2 cups of chopped kale

2 carrots – chopped

2 stalks of celery – chopped

2 cooked Italian sausages- cut into thin rounds

1 cup of milk

Method:  In your slow cooker, cook squash, broth and onion.  Let those three ingredients cook until the squash and onion are softened- a few hours.  Blend the mixture with your immersion blender.  Once you achieve a butternut squash puree, add the rest of the ingredients.  Kale, carrots, celery and Italian sausage.  let cook for at least another hour.   Add some milk before eating.  You can exclude milk if you like.

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