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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy and filling butternut squash soup is made entirely in an Instant Pot (aff link) and is the ultimate heartwarming comfort food. It’s also naturally vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and easy to make in under an hour! Serve alongside my rosemary sea salt dinner rolls and a warm mug of glühwein.

Overshot shot of two bowls of vibrant orange butternut squash soup in white bowls with swirls of coconut milk

Halloween’s over, so that means we get to talk about all things Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, right? Right. Mind you, I still take them one at a time.

In October I focus on Halloween, then November I focus on Thanksgiving, and then at the stroke of midnight headed into the Friday after Thanksgiving it’s full steam ahead to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

It’s also full steam ahead on soup season. The time of year where I crave all my favorite comfort foods, and this butternut squash soup is one of those favorites.

Overhead shot of vibrant orange butternut squash soup on a spoon

This soup is creamy, smooth, and the definition of heartwarming. It’s perfectly spiced, and the addition of a tart apple adds the perfect balance of flavors. I’ve routinely made a meal out of this soup and my Rosemary Sea Salt Dinner Rolls, but you could always serve it up as an appetizer or side dish to your dinner.

In the past I’ve served my golden child and fan favorite Carrot Ginger Soup as the first course for Thanksgiving dinner. But this year? Well, this has made itself the new front runner for our holiday table.

Making butternut squash soup

Two photos showing how to peel, cut and remove seeds from a butternut squash
  1. Peel your butternut squash and slice it in half lengthwise.
  2. Scoop out the seeds, just like you would with that Halloween pumpkin that is currently squirrel food.
Four photo collage showing how to prep vegetables and spices for soup
  1. Cut your butternut squash into 1-2″ cubes; core, peel and dice your apple; peel and dice your onion; mince your garlic; and grab a couple sprigs of sage.
  2. In your Instant Pot, combine your all your chopped veggies, vegetable stock, and sage.
  3. Next add your spices (turmeric, salt, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, and nutmeg).
  4. Stir to combine, but don’t worry too much about getting everything evenly distributed.Four photo collage showing how to use an Instant Pot
  5. Cover the IP with lid and make sure it’s locked closed. Set vent to “Sealing”.
  6. Press “Pressure Cook”, set the “Pressure Level” to high.
  7. Press the + button until the time reads 9 minutes. Let it cook until it beeps to indicate that it’s done.
  8. Using an oven mitt or towel, carefully move the valve to the “Vent” setting and let it release all the pressure that’s built up. It will be a loud whistling sound – I recommend warning anyone else in the room so they don’t think a freight train is plowing through the room. It may take a few minutes before it stops.Four photo collage showing how the final steps of making soup in an Instant Pot
  9. Remove the lid and carefully remove and discard the sage sprigs.
  10. Pour in the coconut milk, and give it a quick stir.
  11. Stick an immersion blender (aff link) into the pot close to the bottom, then turn it on and slowly move it around the pot to blend everything together. 
  12. Blend until smooth. Give it a taste, and if you find you want to add any more of any of the spices, add a pinch and blend again to combine.
Vibrant orange butternut squash soup in a ladle over an Instant Pot

Use a ladle to portion soup into cups or bowls. It’s going to be super hot straight out of the Instant Pot (aff link), so be careful!

If you have leftovers but think you’ll want to come back for more, just put the lid back on and press the “Keep Warm” button.

Overshot shot of two bowls of vibrant orange butternut squash soup in white bowls

Garnish with a swirl of coconut milk and freshly ground pepper, if desired. It makes for a pretty presentation, but isn’t necessary from a flavor standpoint.

This is another plug for serving this with warm Rosemary Sea Salt Dinner Rolls – they’re sturdy enough to support being dipped in the soup, and the combination makes for a lovely cold-weather dinner.

Overhead shot of vibrant orange butternut squash soup in a white bowl

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Overhead shot of vibrant orange butternut squash soup on a spoon

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 48 servings 1x

Description

This creamy and filling butternut squash soup is made entirely in an Instant Pot (aff link) and is the ultimate heartwarming comfort food. It’s also naturally vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and easy to make in under an hour!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 8 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced (about 2 medium squash)
  • 16 ounces vegetable stock
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced (I like using Granny Smiths)
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk

Instructions

  1. In your Instant Pot (aff link), combine butternut squash, vegetable stock, garlic, apple, sage, onion, turmeric, salt, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine, then cover with lid and make sure it’s locked closed.
  2. Set vent to “Sealing” and press “Pressure Cook”, set the “Pressure Level” to high and press the + button until the time reads 9 minutes. Let it cook until it beeps to indicate that it’s done.
  3. Using an oven mitt or towel, carefully move the valve to the “Vent” setting and let it release all the pressure that’s built up. It will be a loud whistling sound, and may take a few minutes before it stops. Remove the lid.
  4. Carefully remove and discard the sage sprigs, and then stir in the coconut milk.
  5. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer to cups or bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy!
  7. Optional: Garnish each bowl with a small swirl of coconut milk and freshly ground pepper.

Notes

  • If you have leftovers, just put the lid back on and press the “Keep Warm” button.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • To reheat, warm in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally until hot.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: butternut squash soup, instant pot butternut squash soup, instant pot soup

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Aline

Monday 11th of November 2019

I've always loved butternut squash soup, but never had it with apples in it - such a cool touch that made a ton of difference in the finished product. Thank you!!!

Rebecca Blackwell

Sunday 10th of November 2019

I purchased an Instant Pot nearly a year ago and have only used it a few times. But, this soup looked so good that I dug it out and made it this weekend. I'm so glad I did because it's positively delicious! It's exactly the kind of thing I want to eat on crisp Fall days. And so incredibly easy to make. Thanks for a great recipe!

Sophie

Saturday 9th of November 2019

This looks divine. Loved the way you have showed each step and each ingredients in detail. Thank you for the recipe.

Leslie Kiszka

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Thank you for leaving a comment and a rating!

Tammy

Friday 8th of November 2019

I love butternut squash soup! So creamy and yet healthy too...this looks heavenly! :D Wish I had a big bowl of this right now!

Leslie Kiszka

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Me too, I can't believe I ate it all! *cries*

Veronika

Friday 8th of November 2019

I love that you are making this soup in Instant Pot! It makes the whole process so much easier and faster) Your photos look so beautiful, I would have a bowl of this soup right now!

Leslie Kiszka

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Thank you for the kind words! It's so easy with the Instant Pot, I don't know how I lived before I had it haha

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