Ancho-Butternut Squash Gratin

Take a break from butternut squash soup recipes and use the sturdy orange vegetable, alongside potatoes, as the starch in this gratin side dish. The butternut squash recipe gets a savory, spicy boost from chorizo.

Ancho-Butternut Squash Gratin
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
6 hrs
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 ½ pound butternut squash, seeded, peeled, and sliced 1/4 inch thick (5 cups)

  • 1 10.75 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup

  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)

  • 8 ounce Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick (1 1/4 cups)

  • 1 cup thinly sliced leeks (3 medium)

  • 4 ounce cooked, smoked chorizo sausage, sliced (1 cup)

  • Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and/or snipped fresh cilantro


  1. In a Dutch oven cook squash in boiling water for 2 minutes; drain and place in a bowl of ice water to cool quickly. Drain again; pat dry with paper towels.

  2. In a medium bowl combine the next three ingredients (through coriander). Stir in 3/4 cup of the cheese.

  3. Line a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Layer half of the squash, potatoes, leeks, and sausage in prepared cooker. Top with half of the soup mixture. Repeat layers.

  4. Cover and cook on low about 6 hours or on high about 3 hours or until vegetables are tender. Turn off cooker. If possible, remove crockery liner from cooker. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Let stand, uncovered, 10 minutes. Sprinkle with pepitas and/or cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
13g Fat
18g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 15.9mg 80%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 628mg 13%
Folate, total 29.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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