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Fall Slow Cooker Recipe: Squash Stew

We are featuring slow cooker recipes tailored for Autumn all this week.

Fall is the time for warm, hearty meals—and what better way to prepare them than by using your slow cooker?

This week we are featuring great Autumn slow cooker recipes. Simmer these fall-ingredient (think pumpkins, apples and squash) slow cooker recipes in your pot, and you’ll stay warm into the winter.

Today we have a recipe for Squash Stew. Yesterday's recipe for an apple crumble can be found here.

Slow Cooker Squash Stew:

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, sliced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas, rinsed

1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into large pieces

1 bunch Swiss chard, leaves and stems separated and roughly chopped

1 piece Parmesan cheese rind, plus grated Parmesan for topping (optional)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Crusty bread and/or lemon wedges, for serving

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/2 cup water, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a 6-quart slow cooker.

Add the chickpeas, squash, chard stems (not the leaves), the Parmesan rind, if using, 2 teaspoons salt and 7 cups water to the slow cooker. Stir, then cover and cook on low, 8 hours.

Just before serving, lift the lid and stir in the chard leaves; cover and continue cooking 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to slightly break up the squash. Discard the Parmesan rind, if used. Ladle the stew into bowls; top with the grated Parmesan, if desired, and serve with bread and/or lemon wedges.

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