I read online somewhere that you can cook a whole unpeeled butternut squash in the crockpot, so I gave it a try, and IT WORKED.
I loved cooking butternut squash this way because it was so simple and easy. I own multiple crockpots so I can cook it as a side dish while I’m making Cranberry Chicken in another crockpot as a main dish.
The squash didn’t turn out quite as sweet as it does when I roast it in the oven, but it’s still delicious and worth the time savings. I almost never use my oven during the week because it takes too long to cook.
Want to give it a try? Here’s what you need to do…
Crockpot Butternut Squash
Yields: 4 servings
- 1 whole butternut squash
- Place whole squash in the crockpot. No need to peel, chop, or poke it!
- Cover and cook on “low” setting in a 6-quart crockpot for 4 hours or until tender. (Note: If you use a large butternut squash it might not fit in a crockpot smaller than 6-quarts.)
- Cut in half, scoop out seeds, and discard them.
- Scoop out cooked squash and serve.
We like to top our butternut squash with butter and sprinkles of brown sugar and garlic salt. YUM.
sounds so yummy!!!
everything so far has been very good.
Thanks for this tip. I grew butternut squash in my garden this year for the first time but I was dreading actually using them because they are so hard to cut!
Sharon, YAY! I LOVE butternut squash, but you’re right…cutting them is no fun. I hope that this makes your life easier. 🙂
I used this method and it was great, so much easier than trying to cut it raw.
When it was cooked, I made squash soup and it was good, put the rest of the squash in a sip -lock bag and froze it.
I did cut off a little of the end to fit it in my crockpot,it didn’t hurt the cooking method at all.
Thank you so much.
Anne, thanks for the feedback!
No water, or anything added? Just the butternut squash in an empty crockpot?
Rachel, yep! Crazy isn’t it?!
Tried this last night! I will never try to cut one of these things before cooking again. It worked perfectly.
Alicia, YAY! I’m so glad you love this tip.