Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Quinoa Stew is a simple weeknight comfort food. This ultimate-feel-good-stew is deliciously healthy, wholesome and packed with all the good stuff! Gluten-free and Vegan too!
There is one dish that I can serve consistently throughout the year, and that is my family-favorite – Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew! Whatever the weather be, warm stews and soups are always greeted well at my house.
My family loves stew, and it surfaces pretty regularly on my weekly meal planner. And this stew perfectly falls into a comfort food category that’s substantial enough to make a meal in itself.
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Wondering whether it is a soup or a stew. So let me clarify that first.
It’s a Stew!
SOUPS AND STEWS ARE DIFFERENT!
Soup and stew both are made with a blend of vegetables and protein. Though they are very identical yet, they are different. The volume of the liquid designates whether a meal is a soup or a stew.
Soups have more liquid and are thinner in consistency. Whereas, stews have a thicker gravy and are crowded with chunky vegetables and protein.
A handful of modest ingredients can make a yummy soup, but a hearty stew uses a lot of condiments and seasonings.
A simple soup can come together in minutes, but a protein-rich stew requires an extended period of cooking (depends on ingredients too).
WHAT MAKES UP THIS RECIPE?
This stew has pretty much all of my favorite ingredients – soft butternut squash, healthy black beans, protein-rich quinoa, and vitamin-rich carrots.
Quinoa + butternut squash is a perfect-stew-combination just like – peanut butter and jelly.
On one end where quinoa makes the stew filling, chunky pieces of butternut squash impart a rich and creamy texture. And not to mention, carrots and black beans together adds some real element to this stew that makes it a wholesome meal.
Collectively, this stew is a well-rounded meal that is bursting with fantastic flavors!
NOW ONTO THE RECIPE!
Start the recipe by peeling, seeding and chopping a butternut squash. Set it aside.
Heat your Instant Pot on ‘Saute’ mode. Add onion, garlic, and carrots. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add cubes of butternut squash, along with chopped tomatoes, sriracha, and spices. Chunks of butternut squash will become soft and tender as they cook in the Instant Pot.
Pour in vegetable stock/water. Give it a good mix. Finally, add quinoa along with black beans and turn the Instant Pot off. Turn it on again at Manual mode and pressure cook for 5 minutes on High Pressure.
Once the Instant Pot beeps, do a QPR and release all the pressure. Quinoa will expand during cooking and will add a great texture and consistency to this stew. Feel Free to add more water to adjust consistency.
MAKE AHEAD RECIPE!
This stew is a great make-ahead dinner. Make it in advance and reheat just before serving until piping hot.
It makes perfect leftovers for lunch the next day. Pair it with your favorite focaccia bread for a warm, light lunch.
Want to freeze this Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew?
Go ahead. It stores well in the freezer.
Don’t have a liking for butternut squash, no worries. Swap butternut squash for
- sweet potatoes
- any other seasonal squash.
Same way feel free to swap black beans with
- pinto beans
- kidney beans
- cannellini beans.
Do give this Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew a try and it will soon become your new favorite dinner recipe.