Instant Pot Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Love butternut squash but hate to prep and chop? Fret not. Check out how to cook butternut squash in the Instant Pot with minimal chopping and how to make this delicious vegan and gluten-free butternut squash pasta sauce in Instant Pot.

Recipe Snapshot



55 min







– 1 butternut squash approx 2 lb – 2 tbsp olive oil – ¼ cup Onion chopped – 3 Garlic Cloves chopped – 1.5 tsp Italian Seasoning – ½ tsp Chipotle Chili Flakes – 1.25 tsp Salt – ½ tsp black pepper freshly ground. – 1.5 cups water



– Trim the top edge of the butternut squash and cut into two halves lengthwise. Then scoop out the seeds and the loose orange strands/fibers.


– Add one cup of water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot and place the trivet. Now place the butternut squash inside the inner pot like below.


– Close the lid and cook. – Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the Instant Pot and let the butternut squash cool. – Then remove it from the pot and scoop the flesh and discard the skin. Now mash the scooped out flesh.


– Drain the water from the Instant Pot and wipe it dry. – Now set the Instant Pot in the saute mode, and when the display shows “HOT,” add the olive oil. Add the chopped onion and garlic. Saute.


– Then add the mashed butternut squash and then the seasonings – Italian seasoning, chipotle chili flakes, salt, and black pepper.


– Add water and mix thoroughly. – At this stage, you can add one more cup of water and mix it well. – Let it simmer. And that’s it. Serve it with your favorite cooked pasta.

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