Recipes

Recipe: Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

With Fall just around the corner I’m excited to try out and share some soup recipes made in my Instant Pot.  This Bacon Butternut Squash soup is quick and easy to make, and is lick the bowl delicious.  I found this recipe on Dr. Kellyann’s website.  I wanted to change a few of the ingredients from her original recipe, and also try it in the Instant Pot.  The Instant Pot version below turned out beautifully.  If you are someone who likes to eat with the seasons, late summer to fall is a perfect time for this recipe.  As the weather is cooling down it’s important to use seasonal produce, and eat hearty foods that warm you up.  This recipe is paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and can be made vegan.

Health benefits of Butternut Squash

     ♦    Full of vitamin A which helps boost your immune system

     ♦    Supports your vision and reproductive system

     ♦    Contains a high amount of potassium which helps support strong healthy bones 

     ♦     Potassium can also help to alleviate and prevent muscle cramps

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large butternut squash, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 lb bacon I purchase local, free range, gluten and nitrate free bacon from Gelderman Farms
  • 2 small onions chopped
  • 2 small apples chopped
  • 2 cups of chicken stock Recipe here I did a batch w/o salt that I use for cooking
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground curry
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric (optional) 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 333 degrees fahrenheit
  • Slow cook bacon in the oven until desired crispness (about 30mins)
  • Put squash, carrots, onions, apples, stock, salt, sage, and curry into the Instant Pot
  • Cook the soup for 10 mins HP, then 10 mins NPR (Natural Pressure Release)
  • Puree the soup using an immersion blender
  • Blend in 1 cup of organic coconut milk
  • Add nutmeg and cinnamon starting with above measurements then to taste
  • Crumble in the crispy bacon
  • Bon Appetit

♦     For extra health benefits add 1 tsp Turmeric.  Turmeric contains curcumin which is a natural anti inflammatory.  Other benefits of turmeric (curcumin) are improved brain function, lower risk of brain disease, and preventing alzheimer’s disease.