Instant Pot Butternut Soup

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Perhaps the best thing about choosing a blenderized diet for our Rosie is that she eats what we eat. Actually, she eats more vegetables and never has fast food, but that’s a story for another day.

There is no meal on our family’s menu that Rosie can’t enjoy with us. When I think about the experience of food, the importance of food, the cultural and communal significance of food, I can’t help but think about the blenderized diet of real food.

Blending real food and feeding it to her through the tube allows her to participate in the family meals in a way that matters deeply. She will enjoy family favorites like my grandmother’s famous pie, my mom’s homemade mac and cheese (if she ever tolerates dairy!) and my green smoothies year round.

When Rosie got a feeding tube, it felt like a loss- there was actual grief. We grieved the experience of meal times.

Less is lost with a blenderized diet.

Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is a favorite in our family precisely because Rosie can enjoy it with us! The only change to make to the recipe is to blend in a high powered blender instead of using an immersion blender. That’s it!

Whole30 Butternut Squash Soup


  • Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 2 small butternut squash (approx. 4-5 cups)
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 32 oz compliant broth (any will do)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup original nutpods OR coconut milk (unsweetened)


  • PEEL and chop butternut squash and sweet potato and set aside. Peel and chop apple and onion. A rough chop is fine here.
  • SET pressure cooker to sauté mode and after a few minutes add ghee. Add apple and onion to pressure cooker and saute until soft. Sprinkle in cinnamon, salt, and pepper, stirring well.
  • ADD squash, sweet potato, and broth. Close lid and set Instant Pot to HIGH for 20 minutes, being sure the pressure release valve is sealed.
  • ALLOW the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure OR quickly release. Either is fine. Open lid and use immersion blender to blend soup well. Add nutpods or coconut milk and stir well.
  • SERVE topped with compliant bacon crumbles, pine nuts, or coconut cream



Allison is an IEP Coach, disability advocate, writer and mother of two incredible kids. She writes about special needs, blended diets, and all things mental health.