simple 30 Minute Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup – Panera COPYCAT Recipe

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!

Don’t you just love a excellent butternut squash soup recipe to enjoy in the fall? This butternut squash soup recipe is the copycat version of the Panera Autumn Squash soup recipe! It’s one of my favorites, but I don’t love the high cost of it! I adapted a popular butternut squash recipe for the instant pot and love the results!

The beauty of cooking butternut squash soup in the instant pot is that you don’t have to be so careful about chopping your butternut squash into perfectly uniform sizes. A rough chop works great and this cooks up SO MUCH FASTER than on the stove top! ENJOY!

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
2 pounds chopped butternut squash, peeled and roughly chopped
3 small carrots, peeled and roughly chopped (1 cup)
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups apple cider
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree (or pumpkin solid pack)
2 tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons brown sugar
salt to taste

Heat oil in Instant Pot on Sauté setting. Add chopped onion and sauté until it begins to soften, 1-2 mins.
Add squash, carrots, broth, cider, curry powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes.
Once done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 mins, then fast release the remaining pressure (you can fast release if in a hurry).
Use an immersion blender or pour mixture into a blender, blend until smooth.
Add pumpkin, butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar; blend until smooth. Add salt to taste. (If using a blender, you may need to pour some of the mixture back into the Instant Pot so you have room to add the additional ingredients, then stir it all together in the Instant Pot to combine.)
Garnish with cooked pumpkin seeds, if desired.
make sure you do NOT use apple cider vinegar… it will taste horrible in this soup!

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