Friday, November 19, 2021

Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup- Instant Pot Version

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Butternut squash soup is a popular fall favorite. Although I have made (link) sweet butternut squash soup recipes in the past using apples or pears, this particular recipe is savory. 

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Combined with red lentils, butternut squash makes a hearty cool weather soup that is filling, comforting, and delicious. The savory flavors come from tomatoes, peppers, onions, chiles, potatoes and cumin. 

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Butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes are pretty much interchangeable in this soup. All four have similar flavors, with sweet potatoes being the sweetest and having the heaviest texture. 

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Although this recipe could also be made on the stove top, I made this version the Instant Pot. It's fast and easy, especially if you buy pre-cut up butternut squash to avoid having to peel, clean out the seeds, and chop the firm squash (I peeled and chopped).

cubes of butternut squash

I simply added all the ingredients to the Instant Pot, set the pressure cooker for 11 minutes, walked away and came back when I heard the beeper signal. 

butternut squash and excellent peeler
Get yourself a good peeler that peels with ease. I like this one

Are you still holding out getting an Instant Pot? 
 I find that I use mine for everything, and I really depend on it and love it. This is the one I use.

Clean up is a snap too with the IP. Initially I thought it might just be another appliance that sits on the counter taking up space- it's not! I use it almost everyday. 

I make the basics such as rice, vegetables, and soup. No spills on the stove top to clean up and I only need to clean the insert of the IP. 
Of course there are more interesting recipes such as cake, lasagna, etc.

Back to this recipe: 
When the soup was done, I partially pureed it and intentionally left some chunks of vegetables in it. I don't care for the texture of super smooth soup, but you might- so fully puree if you prefer.

My husband and I enjoyed this soup for lunch with some gluten-free crackers. The red lentils added protein to an otherwise vegetable based soup. With generous amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein, this delicious soup is a winner. 

I'm thinking this could be a good choice for Thanksgiving made with butternut squash or pumpkin.

1 cup of chopped onion
2 cups of butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 cups of chopped tomatoes (or see notes at bottom of page)
1 cup of chopped green or red peppers
1 cup of red lentils, washed well 
1 jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and chopped (or less to your own taste)
2 cups of diced potatoes
4 cups of vegetable broth
4 cups of water 
1 teaspoon or more to taste of ground cumin
Cracked black pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot. Cover and set to pressure cook for 11 minutes. When done, allow to sit or about 5-10 minutes and then manually release the steam according to the manufacturers directions. When all the steam has been released, carefully remove the lid and partially blend with an immersion blender. 

Shortcuts for making this soup. 
1. Use pre-cut butternut squash cubes
2. Substitute 2 cups of chunky organic mild or medium salsa for the tomatoes, peppers, and chiles.

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  1. Is there anything better than a bowl of soup for supper on a chilly night? This sounds wonderful!

    1. Jenna,
      I'm with you- soup is soothing, filling, and comforting on a chilly night.

  2. This is so creamy and comforting! I have been eating lots of butternut squash lately and lots of warming soups too.

    1. I eat soup all year long and especially now in the cooler weather. Butternut squash is kind of a new addition for me.

  3. I would love this soup, as butternut is one of my favourite flavours. I don't have an instant pot so I do everything on my stove top of in the oven.

    1. I was really happy the way this soup turned out with butternut squash. A lovely flavor and a hearty soup

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    1. Thanks Margaret for stopping by and thanks for commenting

  5. This sounds warming and hearty -- I love my pressure cookers (both stove-top and Instant Pot), and so happy to find yours and Marg's recipes today.

    1. Yes, I am always happy to find new ideas to use my pressure cooker. Marg's pasta recipe sounds intriguing and worth a try.

  6. We are so excited to find gluten-free crackers that are almost like Premium Plus salted crackers. Absolutely perfect for soups!
    I have been adding red lentil pasta, gluten-free, to my soups lately. It is really good.

    1. I have been eating lentil pasta lately and although it took me a while to get used to it, I do like it a lot now. I find there are a good variety of gluten free crackers available.

  7. I just bought a 25 pound bag of red lentils to share with my hens, but this soup sounds like a real possibility for our table, thanks!

    1. Wow! 25 pounds of red lentils would last me 2 years! I'm glad the hens will be sharing it with you.

  8. I havent tried squash and Red Rentil combination before. This recipe is so new for us. And soup looks really so delicious. Happy weekend.

    1. Sometimes I put carrots and sometimes butternut squash- both give a similar taste.

  9. We haven't really made much soup in our pressure cooker yet. We are enjoying trying lots of new things in it though

    1. Funny, I make mostly soup in our pressure cooker and I'm going to try your pasta recipe.

  10. I like the pairing of the squash and red lentils--yum! Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.

    1. Yes butternut squash tends to be a good match for red lentils. I always enjoy joining Souper Sunday.

  11. I like the idea of a savory butternut soup. Also, your heart cut-out cutting board is adorable, and the autumn-wreathed bowl is so lovely. The oranges are an unexpected treat! :)


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