Cook with Me || Instant Pot Squash Soup (Whole30)

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

Instant Pot Squash Soup with Apples & Bacon (Dairy free & Whole30)

1 baby blue hubbard squash or squash of choice (3-5lbs in size. The larger the squash the thicker the soup will be)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 apples, cored and roughly chopped
1lb of uncooked bacon, chopped
3 cups of broth or water
1 t. onion powder
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. smoked paprika
2 t. salt
1 c. coconut milk (for W30) or half & half or heavy cream

De-seed squash and cut into pieces. Stack pieces in your Instant Pot liner on a trivet or in a steamer basket above 2 cups of water. Cook on high pressure for 14 minutes. Allow to NPR for at least 10 minutes. Remove squash from the IP and allow to cool before scooping the squash meat from the skins. Discard squash skins. Remove the trivit and drain the water from the Instant Pot liner. put your Instant Pot on “Saute” mode. Adjust temperature to “more”. Cook chopped bacon, stirring often, until crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Drain excess bacon grease from your Instant Pot liner leaving just 2 tablespoons. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add broth, apples, squash and spices to the IP. Stir and lock the lid. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow to natural pressure release (NPR) for at least 10 minute and then fast release (QR) any remaining pressure. Open the lid and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth (or transfer to a stand blender and blend in batches.) Add coconut milk/cream and stir to combine. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a sprinkle of bacon and enjoy!

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