Savory Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (Crockpot and Instant Pot)

Rich, velvety and surprisingly savory: this Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup will blow your mind.  

A bowl of Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup with another bowl behind it.

Butternut Squash Soup

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It’s funny how sometimes the best recipes come about from trying to use up items that you have on hand. I once had an incredible meal catered by FLX Table, one of the top restaurants in the country right now, which just happens to be local to us. Suffice it to say, if you find yourself in the Finger Lakes area, this place is NOT to be missed- the whole meal was truly exceptional!

Our first course at this meal with a Butternut Squash Soup. Now, I won’t lie, I’m really not a huge fan of squash in general. But I try to keep an open mind, especially when dining out. That incredible soup they served at our dinner completely destroyed any stereotypes I had about what Butternut Squash Soup could be. Not only was it perfectly rich and velvety, it didn’t have the typical sweetness that you often find in this type of dish.

To add an extra special twist, they topped it with a drizzle of spicy chili oil for some heat. They also put a perfectly creamy hunk of Burrata cheese (at this point, I pretty much don’t have to say anything else because OMG Burrata <3) and some roughly chopped cilantro. It was love at first taste and I was immediately inspired to try and make my own version.

I went home, gave it a shot and this easy butternut squash soup was amazing! Cumin and chili powder added the perfect savory smokiness with a tiny bit of heat. A bit of heavy cream and the pureed butternut squash makes for that beautiful, velvety texture I adored at our dinner that night.

Naturally, I had to add the burrata and cilantro. They really are the perfect compliment to this soup. And since I didn’t have chili oil available to me at the moment, I opted for a sprinkle of chili powder. I was not even a little bit sad to let that be my lunch that week and even more excited to test the recipe out again, just to make sure it really was as amazing as I thought (spoiler alert- it was!).

A ladle with a scoop of Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup being pulled from an Instant Pot.

Tips for making this butternut squash soup recipe

  • This recipe uses 6 cups of cubed butternut squash. This equals out to around 1 large squash. You’ll peel it, remove the seeds and cut to pieces around 1-2 inches.
  • Don’t worry about making perfect cuts, you’ll be pureeing this once cooked.
  • I use an immersion blender (or stick blender as some call it) to puree the soup once the cooking is done but you can also use a food processor or a high powered blender like a Vitamix.

An overhead shot of a bowl of Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Frequently asked questions about making a layered taco salad

  • How long does butternut squash soup last in the refrigerator? Around 5 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • Can I make this vegetarian? Yes! Substitute vegetable broth and coconut cream in place of chicken broth and heavy cream respectively and leave out the burrata.
  • How do you serve butternut squash soup? I like to serve it with a big hunk of burrata cheese, a sprinkle of chili powder and plenty of chopped cilantro.
  • Can you freeze butternut squash soup? Yes- it will keep for a few months.
  • Can I make crockpot butternut squash soup? Yes! Add squash, onion, garlic, spices, and broth to the slow cooker pot. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours. Puree with a stick blender and stir on heavy cream. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a sprinkle of chili powder, a hunk of Burrata and roughly chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

A ladle of Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup going into a bowl.

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A spoonful of Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Rich, velvety and surprisingly savory: this Butternut Squash Soup will blow your mind.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash soup
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie, inspired by FLX Table
  • 6 cups raw butternut squash, cut into 1 inch squares- this was basically one large squash
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder + a little extra for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt if using low sodium broth, double this
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • Burrata cheese
  • Cilantro to taste roughly chopped
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Add squash, onion, garlic, spices, and broth to the instant pot and secure the cover on top.

  2. Choose the "Soup" setting on the Instant Pot and leave it at normal. This will show up as 30 minutes.
  3. Once the Instant Pot indicates that it's done, do a quick release to depressurize the Instant Pot.

  4. Use a stick blender to puree the soup until smooth.

  5. Stir in the heavy cream.

  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a sprinkle of chili powder, a hunk of Burrata and roughly chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

Crockpot Instructions
  1. Add squash, onion, garlic, spices, and broth to the crockpot.

  2. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high.

  3. Uncover and use a stick blender to puree the soup until smooth.

  4. Stir in the heavy cream.

  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a sprinkle of chili powder, a hunk of Burrata and roughly chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    December 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm I want an insta pot so bad I can hardly stand it. Ohh this sounds good! I’m going to pin it to give it a try, it sounds delicious. I visited the finger lakes last year with my best friend but we hit the wineries, she didn’t tell me about this place!
    • Reply
      December 27, 2017 at 9:59 pm Apparently it's pretty hard to get a reservation- they only seat something like 24. We were in the space next door which was perfect for our group. Enjoy!
  • Reply
    September 30, 2018 at 8:07 pm Oh, this is exactly what I needed. I made a butternut squash soup in the IP last week. I just threw a bunch of stuff in there and it was just okay; nothing special, and a little sweet for my taste. I'm going to try this next. I'm on Weight Watchers (or whatever they're calling it now) and this looks like a good choice, even with the cream and cheese. If I can't find burrata, would you recommend subbing in ricotta or fresh mozzarella?
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      September 30, 2018 at 11:25 pm Either option would be delicious, it just depends on your preference! I hope you love this- it turned me, an avid squash hater into a believer and now I'm slowly trying more! Enjoy :)
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    October 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm I made this recipe and I loved it! Used mozzarella since I didn’t have burrata. So savory, thick and delicious. Love the addition of the chili powder. I doubled the amount of cinnamon suggested for mine. Next time I might try halving the amount of cumin to let the squash flavor come out a little more. I wonder if I wanted to make this for my vegan friends, if substituting the cream for coconut milk would change the flavor/thickness too much. Thanks! Love the quickness of the instant pot!
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      Jessy Freimann
      October 23, 2018 at 11:17 pm I'm so glad you liked it- the changes you made sound delicious! I'd love to hear how it turns out with the cream of coconut milk- that sounds like a seriously delicious addition :)
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    October 30, 2018 at 1:12 am I’m an avid dairy eater, but I will say- in my experience, coconut milk (the canned kind) does beautifully in these kinds of soups! I added it in a pinch to my cauliflower bisque, and I actually thought it was a little better than the cream!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      October 30, 2018 at 8:42 pm Thanks Rebekah! I love the flavor canned coconut adds- now I want to try it in this soup!
  • Reply
    December 27, 2018 at 10:01 am Did you precook the squash before you chopped it up?
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      December 29, 2018 at 5:25 pm I did not precook the squash- thanks for bringing this up! I'll make sure to clarify in the recipe :) Enjoy!
  • Reply
    January 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm Amazing!!!!
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    Christene Crowder
    April 2, 2020 at 11:12 am I’m not fond of the sweet butternut squash soups and this was great. Just enough sweetness. I may use more chili powder next time or even chipotle chili powder.
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    Sheldon Smith
    September 27, 2020 at 12:41 pm This is a great recipe. I have used it many times. Thanks Jessy! The modifications I have made from making it so much include using leeks instead of onion, and I add 1/2 a granny smith apple and half a red pepper. Just changes the taste a small bit.
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      Jessy Freimann
      October 27, 2020 at 10:57 pm Yum- it sounds like you made some awesome additions! Thanks for sharing!
  • Reply
    January 17, 2021 at 11:33 am Would this freeze well?
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