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A bowl full of creamy instant pot butternut squash soup, with a spoon scooping up a bite.
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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is luxuriously creamy, yet it's made without cream. This healthy pressure cooker recipe is quick and easy to make!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Natural Release10 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 136kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 large carrot sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large (about 3 pound) butternut squash peeled, seeded and chopped into 1-inch pieces (6-8 cups chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Turn on saute mode on Instant Pot and add the olive oil. When the pot is hot, add the onion and saute until onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Press Cancel to turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in 1 cup of the vegetable broth and scrape up any bits that may be stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients, including the remaining 2 cups broth, to the pot. Stir.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Set the cook time to 10 minutes at high pressure using the pressure cook or manual function.
  • The Instant Pot will take about 15 minutes to reach pressure and then the cook time will begin counting down. When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes by leaving the Instant Pot alone. Then do a quick release of the remaining pressure by carefully turning the steam release valve to the venting position. (I do this using the handle of a long spoon.)
  • Once all of the steam has escaped and the pin drops down, open the Instant Pot lid. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth, or transfer it in batches to a blender to puree. Serve.


  • You can serve the soup with a drizzle of half and half, cream, or coconut milk, if desired. Pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are a delicious garnish for this soup.
  • The soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you plan to add cream or half and half to your soup, add it after freezing and thawing.


Serving: 1.25cups | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 16947IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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