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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup

Happy New Year! I can’t believe that it’s already 2018!

I’ve set some personal goals: eat healthier, stay active, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

All these goals are hefty, especially the last goal as I’m a compulsive worrier. As I get older, I’m getting a little bit better at letting things go and seeing that things are often not as bad as they seem.

What goals or New Year’s Resolutions do you have for the New Year?

An overhead view of a bowl of butternut squash apple ginger soup with diced green apples on top that was made in the Instant Pot.

Like most of Canada and parts of the United States, we’ve been experiencing freezing, blistering temperatures with wind chills of minus 40 degrees!

So cold and dreadful, but luckily, the weather has been a lot warmer lately. What’s the weather like in your city? I hope you’re staying safe and warm.

For me, wintertime means an abundance of winter squashes (hence the name). My favourite of all the squashes is butternut squash.

Not only is it wonderful all roasted-up to bring out its inherent sweetness and nutty flavour, butternut squash is amazing to use as the main ingredient for a healthy and heart-warming soup especially when it’s snowy and super chilly outside.

It’s doubly comforting when you have a cold too. Believe me, I’ve had a cold for over a week that I just can’t seem to shake.

Check out these two recipes where using roasted butternut squash: Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pecan and Dried Cherries.

Of course, I’ve been Instant Pot-ing (does anyone say this?) away… making warm Instant Pot soups and stews a-plenty (a couple are on this site already: Hearty Vegetable and Brown Rice Soup and Chinese Five Spice Beef and Vegetable Stew and more are on the way) and this recipe is no exception.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Instant Pot Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup!

How do you make this comforting soup?

(Full ingredient amounts and complete instructions below in the recipe card).

An overshot shot of fresh butternut squash, carrots, onion, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, spices, and olive oil.

All the ingredients for this soup (minus the vegetable broth/water).

  • A popular pairing with butternut squash is granny smith apples. The tartness of these green apples goes so well with the squash.
  • Along with aromatic onion and garlic, there is fresh ginger, ground cinnamon, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.
  • These ingredients give the soup a nice warmth that’s a little spicy, sweet, citrusy (especially from the coriander) and very aromatic.
Sautéed onions, ginger, and garlic with chopped butternut squash, granny smith apples, carrots, and spices in the Instant Pot.

Pour in olive oil and sauté the onion until soft and browned. Add in the garlic and ginger and stir for another minute. Add the remaining ingredients (e.g. spices) into the pot.

Sautéed onions, ginger, and garlic with chopped butternut squash, granny smith apples, carrots, spices, and vegetable broth are mixed in the Instant Pot.

Pour in the broth and season with salt and pepper. Give the ingredients a good stir to distribute throughout the pot.

A vibrant orange pureed butternut squash apple ginger soup in the Instant Pot.

Cook for 8 minutes under high pressure for the vegetables and apple to completely tenderize and for the flavours to combine together. Then it’s ready to puree and eat!

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A side view of a bowl of butternut squash apple ginger soup with diced green apples on top.

This Instant Pot butternut squash soup is:

  • Healthy and delicious – it’s savoury, has a bit of sweetness and tartness, and a little kick from the spices.
  • Filling and satisfying, but not heavy.
  • Thick and creamy (without the cream).
  • Simple and easy to make.
  • Vegan and gluten-free.

I hope you try this recipe! If you do, please leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. I’ll love a picture!

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Warm up with a hot bowl of delicious and healthy Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup! It's vegan and gluten-free too.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 granny smith apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water (or combo of both)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Optional topping:

  • Diced granny smith apple


  1. Set the Instant Pot to "sauté". Add the olive oil and onion to the pot, stirring until soft and browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the garlic and ginger and stir for another minute.
  2. Press “cancel” to turn off the Instant Pot. Add the remaining ingredients into the pot (except the optional topping).
  3. Season generously with salt and pepper. Give the ingredients a good stir to distribute throughout the pot.*(see first note)
  4. Seal the Instant Pot and cook at high pressure (“manual”/"pressure cook" function) for 8 minutes. After the soup is ready, allow natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes before a quick pressure release to completely depressurize (until floating valve drops).
  5. Open the Instant Pot and give the soup another stir. **(see second note)
  6. Using an immersion blender ***(see third note), blend the soup until it is completely smooth.
  7. Taste for additional salt and pepper (or other seasonings) and top with diced apples if you like. Enjoy.
  8. STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS: In a large pot or Dutch oven, follow Steps 1-3. Then bring the soup to a boil and simmer on the stove for 30 minutes or until the butternut squash and apple is very tender. Then follow Steps 5 and 6.


  • *The liquid should just cover the top of the ingredients. Add more broth or water if necessary.
  • **If you find that there is too much liquid in the pot, carefully ladle out excess broth before blending. You can always add it back in to thin out the soup if needed.
  • ***You can also blend in a high-powered blender in small batches. Careful as the soup is hot and it may splatter.
  • Nutritional calories represent one serving (excluding optional toppings) with eight servings total.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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Monday 19th of October 2020

I found this soup to be very bland with too much apple flavor and quite thin. Maybe I didn't quite use the right proportions. I ended up adding quite a few other spices to give it some depth.


Friday 25th of September 2020

Very tasty, better than the other one I tried. Hardest part of this recipe was printing it. The print button did not work, but not worries, it got cooked anyway :)

Marie | Yay! for Food

Friday 25th of September 2020

Hi! I'm glad you decided to try my soup recipe despite the printer problems! I tested the print button on my phone and on Safari and Chrome and it's working for me.


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Only change I made to this was peeling the granny smith apples before dicing and adding them to the soup. I found this soup a little apple/tart tasting, and would cut the apple down from 2 to 1, and maybe cut the coriander in half (I used fresh ground coriander).

Otherwise a great hit! Thank you.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Thanks for the review!

Pat Erb

Sunday 30th of June 2019

I'm a butternut squash soup fan and have some recipes I've used over and over, but this just became #1. Thick, creamy, perfect blend of spices for mild kick. I topped with dollop of sour cream and splash of Harveys Bristol Cream sherry. Thinking I'll try this soup chilled for hot weather.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Monday 1st of July 2019

Thank you so much for the great review, Pat! What a wonderful idea to add cream sherry. The sweet and nutty notes of sherry must have enhanced the flavours in this soup!


Saturday 11th of May 2019

Wow....this is really good...Love this recipe and a few others of yours...thank you so much..

Marie | Yay! For Food

Sunday 12th of May 2019

Pauline, this makes me so happy that you enjoy my recipes! Thank you for your kind words!

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