How to make butternut squash soup in a Instant Pot. An easy squash soup recipe with apples and carrot. Perfect comfort food for a cold winter night.
I have been on the hunt for a good butternut squash soup recipe for years. There is a fine line between making butternut squash soup and baby food. Well let’s just say I have made baby food a few times before perfecting this recipe.
Now my Mom and I go to Bella Pasta a Rhode Island restaurant every Fall just for a chance to have their butternut squash soup. We talk about it all year long. This is the closest I have ever gotten to mimicking the flavors.
Why I love making soup in the Instant Pot
Soups can take hours on the stove or in a crockpot. When you make soup in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot bold deep flavors develop in just minutes. Some may say it’s a short cut but I am all about working smarter not harder. If I can make a rich delicious soup on a work night. I will take that short cut.
Looking for other soup recipes try my Portuguese kale soup. It’s hearty and delicious, perfect for a cold winter night or left overs for the week. Check out some of my other favorite Instant Pot soup recipes here.
Sweet or Savory
When it comes to butternut squash soup there are two camps. You either like it sweet or savory. Well I like mine on the sweet side. The secret to this recipe is adding apples to it. It pushes the soup from savory to just a little bit of sweetness.
What shocked me about this recipe is that its great right out of the pot but it’s even better the next day. It almost become a bit sweeter.
- 2 tbsp of Grapeseed Oil
- 1 Onion Chopped
- 3 lbs Butternut Squash Peeled and Cut
- 1 Carrot
- 2 Apples Peeled and Cut
- 5 Cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock
- 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
- 1 Tsp Dried Sage
Turn Instant Pot to sauté mode. When Instant Pot reads hot add grapeseed oil and onions. Cook for about 3 minutes. Turn off sauté mode.
Add butternut squash, carrot, apples, stock, thyme, sage, salt and pepper.
Close instant pot lid and seal it. Cook manual hight for 10 minutes with a quick release.
Use immersion blender to make the soup smooth. Be very careful of splatter the soup will be extremely hot.
If you use less butternut squash reduce the amount of stock.
I buy butternut squash peeled and chopped from the produce department.
Soups take longer to come to pressure. It usually takes about 15 minutes for a soup to come to pressure in my 6qt Duo.
What goes well with butternut squash soup?
- Sharp cheddar and apple grilled cheese
- Crusty bread
- Top with pumpkin seeds