When Fall weather hits, there are few things more comforting than this simple, creamy, and delicious Instant Pot butternut squash soup! Cooking the squash in the Instant Pot eliminates the need for peeling and dicing the squash, which really simplifies this soup. There are so many ways that you can customize this soup to suit your tastes!
I have to be honest, there are few foods that I love more than a creamy soup. I know that I have mentioned my affection for soups recently and this creamy butternut squash soup is no exception. Butternut squash plays perfectly with the warm curry spices in this soup, though you can certainly dress it up with whatever flavors you love.
Butternut Squash Soup
I first made this butternut squash curry soup after my aunt made it on Black Friday while visiting us from Texas a decade ago. My aunt is the family foodie that gets my food obsession the best, and when she made this butternut squash soup with turkey stock she had made from the turkey carcass, coconut milk, and coconut curry powder she brought from Central Market in Houston, I was smitten. To this day it is one of my favorite soups.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
This time around I decided to try an Instant Pot butternut squash soup. I am in love with making this soup in the Instant Pot because there is no need to peel the squash or cut it into chunks, and cutting up a winter squash always makes me a little nervous that I am going to end up in the ER.
For this soup, all you have to do is cut the squash into 4 pieces, scoop out the seeds, and steam it on high pressure with a little water (I used this recipe from Simply Recipes as my guideline). After you give it a few minutes to cool down, you scrape the pulp into the Instant Pot, puree it with some chicken or vegetable stock, add coconut milk (or cream, if you prefer), and spice it however you like.
Make This Soup Your Own!
While I love how the warm flavors of the curry blend with the sweet flavors of the squash, your options with this soup are wide open:
- Maple syrup and bacon
- Brown butter and crispy sage
- Cook a peeled and cored apple with the squash then purée it into the soup and spice it with cinnamon and nutmeg
- Salt, pepper, and a drizzle of truffle oil on top of each bowl
I love to serve this soup with a big chunk of baguette and some cheese as a main dish, pack it in a Thermos for lunch, or freeze individual portions of it that can be pulled out for quick meals. This Instant Pot butternut squash soup is so simple but delicious and comforting at the same time!
Mary // Chattavore
Yield: 6 servings
15 minPrep Time:
25 minCook Time:
40 minTotal Time:
- 1 large butternut squash
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk or 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2-3 teaspoons curry powder, or spice of your choice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the top of bottom off of the squash. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut each half in half again crosswise.
- Pour 1 cup water into the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the steam rack into the pot. Place the squash quarters onto the steam rack. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the steam release valve to "sealing". Select "steam". Make sure the Instant Pot is set to high pressure and use the +/- buttons to set the time to 7 minutes. When the cook time is up, turn the Instant Pot off and manually release the pressure. Use tongs to remove the squash from the Instant Pot and set aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the steam rack and pour out the water. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the squash. If you have an immersion blender, place the squash into the Instant Pot with the broth and purée until smooth. If you don't have an Instant Pot, purée the squash in a blender with a small amount of the broth and pour into the Instant Pot with the remaining broth.
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the coconut milk or heavy cream and cook, stirring frequently, until the soup is heated through. Add curry or other desired spices. Salt and pepper to taste.
Cook time reflects approximate time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.
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