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    This delicious creamy Instant Pot butternut squash soup is so quick and easy to make! Ready to serve in less than half an hour, it’s the perfect fall soup that the whole family will love. Gluten-free and easy to make vegetarian.

    instant pot butternut squash soup in a clay bowl

    Fall is quickly upon us and that means soup season! Soups are so great this time of year, super easy to make and they are perfect for meal prep and freezer meals. This easy Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is a healthy, and delicious pressure cooker soup recipe that my entire family enjoys. My boys always ask for seconds.

    This Instant Pot butternut squash soup is made with cream for a silky smooth finish that really is a delight! This recipe does have bacon in it that adds a wonderful smokey flavor, but you can easily omit that if you are vegetarian or looking for meat-free meals.

    For more butternut squash recipes, be sure to check out my Beef and Butternut Squash Stew and Harvest Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad.

    Why You Will Love This Soup

    • Quick & Easy: This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is made with simple ingredients, doesn’t require much prep work and it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.
    • Delicious Fall flavors: Apple, butternut squash, nutmeg, and sage are all cooked in the pressure cooker and add rich, deep flavors to this Fall soup.
    • Family-favorite: This delicious soup is a family-favorite – it has a smooth and creamy texture and it’s so flavorful!
    a spoonful of creamy butternut squash soup

    Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients

    To make this Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup you will need the following ingredients:

    • Oil: For sautéing. I used olive oil, but canola or vegetable will work.
    • Vegetables: Onion, butternut squash, carrots, celery.
    • Garlic: To add an extra layer of flavor. Use freshly minced garlic for the best flavor.
    • Herbs: Fresh sage and thyme.
    • Apple: Apple adds a great natural sweetness. I like to use a Granny Smith in this recipe.
    • Vegetable broth: Use a low sodium broth. If not vegetarian, you can also use chicken.
    • Salt and pepper: Added to taste.
    • Nutmeg: Nutmeg adds a warming and earthy flavor.
    • Cream: Use heavy cream for this recipe for an indulgent dish.
    • Bacon: Optional but it adds a great smokey flavor.
    ingredients for butternut squash soup

    Steps To Make Butternut Squash Soup in Your Instant Pot

    Step One: Saute Aromatics

    • If using bacon, saute chopped bacon in the Instant Pot using the Saute function and cook until brown and crispy, about 5 – 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Skip this step if not adding bacon.
    • Heat olive oil in the Instant pot on ‘Saute’ setting. Add onion to pot, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic, sage, and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    sauteing aromatics for butternut squash soup in instant pot

    Step Two: Pressure Cook Soup

    • Stir in butternut squash, carrots, celery, apple, chicken stock, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.
    • Close the lid and turn the knob to sealing. Select manual setting; cook on high for 10 minutes.
    • When finished cooking, quick-release pressure.

    Step Three: Puree Soup

    • Stir in heavy cream. Puree with an immersion blender until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

    Step Four: Serve

    • Serve immediately, sprinkled with cooked bacon and fresh thyme.

    Storage Directions

    You can either keep the soup refrigerated in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

    Can you make it ahead of time?

    This butternut squash soup is such a great option for meal prep and meal planning. Let the soup cool completely before placing it in an airtight container. It will keep for around 4 to 5 days in the fridge and can be reheated on the stovetop.

    Can you freeze it?

    Yes, you can freeze this Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup for up to 3 months. Let the soup cool completely and then portion it out and transfer to freezer-safe containers.

    Thaw it in the fridge or partially submerge the container in water for a few hours before reheating. Be sure to give it a stir before reheating and heat slowly as the soup contains cream.

    If you are planning to batch cook and freeze this soup, you can also omit the cream and add it later after thawing and reheating it.

    bowls with comforting butternut squash apple soup

    How To Make the Soup Creamy and Smooth?

    I prefer to blend my soup so it has a super smooth consistency, and the easiest way to do that is with an immersion blender. Alternatively, you can transfer the soup into a stand blender in batches, just be careful as it will be very hot.

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Peel and de-seed the butternut squash before cubing and adding it to the pressure cooker.
    • To make this Instant Pot Butternut Squash soup dairy-free, you can substitute the heavy cream with coconut or almond milk or cashew cream.
    • To make it vegan or vegetarian, omit the bacon.
    • Let the soup cool completely before storing if making ahead of time.
    close up shot of butternut squash soup made in the instant pot

    More Easy Instant Pot Soups

    If you love this soup, I am sure you will also love these other Instant pot soups. They are quick, easy, and full of flavor!

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    Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    This delicious & creamy Instant Pot butternut squash soup is so quick and easy to make! Ready to serve in less than half and hour, it's the perfect fall soup that the whole family will love. Gluten-free and easy to make vegetarian.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 259kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 small yellow onion chopped, about 1 cup
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 sage leaves
    • 3 thyme sprigs
    • 1 large butternut squash (about 2.5 lbs), Peeled, de-seeded and chopped into 1-inch pieces (6-8 cups chopped)
    • 3 large carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 celery stalks, chopped
    • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
    • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
    • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
    • teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/3 cup heavy cream
    • Cooked crumbled bacon, optional

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • If using bacon, saute chopped bacon in the Instant Pot using the Saute function and cook until brown and crispy, about 5 – 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Skip this step if not adding bacon.
    • Heat olive oil in the Instant pot on ‘Saute’ setting. Add onion to pot, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic, sage and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    • Stir in butternut squash, carrots, celery, apple, chicken stock, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg. Close the lid and turn the knob to sealing. Select manual setting; cook on high for 10 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure.
    • Stir in heavy cream. Puree with an immersion blender until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
    • Serve immediately, sprinkled with cooked bacon.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Peel and de-seed the butternut squash before cubing and adding it to the pressure cooker.
    • To make this Instant Pot Butternut Squash soup dairy-free, you can substitute the heavy cream with coconut or almond milk or cashew cream.
    • To make it vegan or vegetarian, omit the bacon.
    • Let the soup cool completely before storing if making ahead of time.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 945mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 27971IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2mg
    Course Soup
    Cuisine American
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    October 27, 2020

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