A few weeks back, a close friend wasn't feeling so well and I wanted to make her a big pot of soup so she didn't have to worry about making dinner. I wanted to make something that was hearty and nutritious that would leave her satisfied and since she is vegan, I couldn't turn to any of my tried and true slow cooker soup recipes since many contain meat or animal products.
Since she loves butternut squash, I knew I wanted to start there. Then I added dried beans, barley, fire roasted tomatoes, veggies, and some spices to round everything out. It's turns out a bit like a chili but a less spicy. If you wanted a true chili, I would up the chili powder and add some jalapenos or chipotle peppers in adobo suace. If you don't like spice, you could also use Italian seasoning instead. Both versions are packed with flavor and sure to keep you full.
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