Enjoy an easy-to-make and delicious creamy vegan soup in just 5 minutes of cooking time with this Instant Pot Spiced Butternut Squash Soup.
Curry flavors, red lentils, butternut squash, and coconut milk come together for a creamy vegan soup in this Instant Pot Spiced Butternut Squash Soup. This soup is healthy, made in just 3 steps, and makes for amazing leftovers.
And why leave it at interpreting just one of the soups when I could play around with interpreting both?
I mean, really, since when did I even keep things as they are anyways? Life is so much more fun when I'm constantly mixing things up or reconsidering new ways of doing old things.
So, I started with red lentils, as they are more delicate and creamy as they break down, and went from there.
Though I considered sweet potato instead of butternut squash for a hot minute, I landed back on butternut squash as it has a higher liquid content than potatoes and would therefore make a better soup.
From there, I added in broth, coconut milk for creaminess, a handful of my favorite Indian inspired spices, and a bit of salt.
After a quick -- 5-minute!! -- run in the pressure cooker (that is, minus the pressure build-up and quick-release), this spiced red lentil soup was ready for a quick puree and a squeeze of lime juice before it was ready to serve.
Just one scoop into this pressure cooker lentil soup and I immediately was grateful that I brought some old favorites back to the drawing table. After all, some recipe
This Pressure Cooker Spiced Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Soup is...
- Warm & spicy
- Full of veggies and whole grains
- High in fiber
- Easy to make
- Perfect for leftovers
Get a healthy and flavorful soup on the table for dinner tonight in under 30 minutes tonight with this red lentil Instant Pot soup.
Can you use brown lentils instead of red lentils?
I don't recommend substituting in brown lentils instead of red lentils. Red lentils are more delicate and break down to become creamy as they cook, whereas brown lentils are starchier and heavier. Because of this they're often used for different reasons in recipes and don't interchange very well.
Is lentil soup healthy?
Yes, this lentil soup is very healthy. It's easily made vegan (just use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth), gluten-free, dairy-free, and processed sugar-free! Not only that, but it's full of fiber, plant-based protein, and veggies. Try this pressure cooker lentil soup out today!
Do lentils need to be rinsed before cooking?
Nope, lentils do not need to be rinsed before cooking. Just sort through them quickly to make sure there aren't any discolored (often green) lentils or little pieces of natural debris and then use the lentils in your recipe!
How long does it take to cook lentils in a pressure cooker?
It doesn't take very long to cook lentils in a pressure cooker, thankfully. Both red and brown lentils can cook in 4-5 minutes at high pressure in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
How to make this spiced red lentil soup:
First: Add all the soup ingredients to the pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Lock on the lid and then set it to cook on high for 5 minutes.
Second: quick release the pressure cooker when the lentils have finished cooking. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid. Add 1.5 tablespoons of lime juice to the soup and blend the soup with an immersion blender or in a stand blender.
Third: serve the spiced red lentil soup hot and enjoy!
More soup & Instant Pot Recipes:
- Instant Pot Turkey Chili
- Italian Lentil Soup
- Minestra Soup
- Steak Soup
- Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken and Rice
- Instant Pot Bean Soup
- Pressure Cooker Maple Baked Beans
- Moroccan Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup
- Pumpkin Sausage Soup
- Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
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