Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew

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!

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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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Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew- Ruchiskitchen

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). 

Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew- Ruchiskitchen

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!

Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew- Ruchiskitchen

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.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew- Ruchiskitchen

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.

OTHER OPTIONS!

Don’t have a liking for butternut squash, no worries. Swap butternut squash for

  • sweet potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • any other seasonal squash.

Same way feel free to swap black beans with

  • chickpeas
  • pinto beans
  • kidney beans
  • cannellini beans.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew- Ruchiskitchen

Do give this Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew a try and it will soon become your new favorite dinner recipe. 

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Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew
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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!
Servings Prep Time
4 SERVINGS 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
15 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
4 SERVINGS 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
15 MINUTES
Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew
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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!
Servings Prep Time
4 SERVINGS 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
15 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
4 SERVINGS 10 MINUTES
Cook Time
15 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
SOUP INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, chopped
  • 1.5 cups Butternut Squash, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium Tomato, chopped
  • 1 can Black Beans (drained and washed)
  • 1 cup Raw Quinoa
  • 3 cups Vegetable stock
SPICES
  • 4 - Bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • - - Salt and pepper to taste
GARNISH
  • - - Diced Avocado
  • - - Chopped cilantro leaves
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METHOD
  1. Start the stew by peeling,
  2. De-seeding and
  3. Chopping a butternut squash. Set it Aside.
  4. Heat the Instant Pot in 'SAUTE MODE'. Add olive oil. When it gets hot, add onions, garlic, and carrots. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add cubes of butternut squash.
  6. Now add chopped tomatoes, sriracha, and spices. Feel free to adjust the spice level. This stew is moderately spicy but not overly.
  7. Pour in vegetable stock/water.
  8. Give it a good mix.
  9. Finally, add quinoa along with black beans and turn the Instant Pot off.
  10. Close the lid with the valve/whistle in sealing position. Change the Instant Pot setting to 'MANUAL OR PRESSURE COOK MODE' and allow it to cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.
  11. After the Instant Pot beeps, do a 'Quick Pressure Release'. A quick pressure release is when you bring the valve/whistle to the venting position and allow the steam to release quickly.
  12. Quinoa will expand during cooking. Feel free to add extra water to adjust consistency. Do the taste test.
  13. Serve hot garnished with chopped avocados and cilantro leaves.
    Instant Pot Butternut Squash And Quinoa Stew - Ruchiskitchen

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13 Responses

  1. Veronika's Kitchen says:

    What a great idea to ad quinua to the stew! Love all the flavors that you incorporated!)

  2. Veena Azmanov says:

    That does look healthy and hearty. I love quinoa but have never made it in an instant post. Sounds so good. Love the flavors in there. Saving this for later.

  3. Elaine Benoit says:

    Oh man, this stew looks so delicious!! I love that I can make it in my Instant Pot because I’m always looking for new and delightful recipes. It looks hearty and easy to make!!

  4. Allison - Celebrating Sweets says:

    Healthy and hearty – my kind of meal! I love the idea of topping it with avocado – yum!

  5. Kelly Anthony says:

    This is such a great soup! Perfectly hearty and great for serving in the winter and the fall!

  6. Jenni LeBaron says:

    I love butternut squash soup, especially when I can whip it up quickly in my pressure cooker. I think the addition of beans and quinoa in this is brilliant for protein and texture!

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