Chai Butternut Squash Soup

This Chai Butternut Squash Soup recipe is easy to make in the slow cooker or pressure cooker, and it’s seasoned with yummy chai tea.  Absolutely delicious, and also naturally gluten-free and vegan!  (This post also contains affiliate links.)

This Chai Butternut Squash Soup recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and seasoned simply and deliciously with a simple chai tea bag. My kind of fall comfort food.

Oh friends, I have a new secret ingredient that is going to kick your butternut squash soup game up a major notch this year.  And it’s just about the simplest thing ever…

…a chai tea bag!  💛

Many of you have heard me chat before about how much I love drinking hot cinnamon spice and chai tea (kind of have a thing for spice-filled teas) every afternoon during the chillier months of the year.  So it’s safe to say that our tea cabinet is always well-stocked this time of year.  But the other day as I was grabbing a mug to steep my afternoon tea, it randomly occurred to me — all of those yummy chai spices and butternut squash would probably be a match made in flavor heaven.  And they would probably be extra-amazing in my favorite slow cooker butternut squash soup recipe.  So last week, when I cooked up my inaugural batch  for the fall, I decided to try swapping the usual seasonings for a single chai tea bag instead.

And guys, this soup ended up being fall vibes to the max. 🍁 🍂 🍃

It was cozy, it was chai spice-y (not to be confused with spicy), it was wonderfully creamy and butternut-y, and it was hands-down one of the tastiest soups I’ve ever made.  You’ve gotta try it.

This Chai Butternut Squash Soup recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and seasoned simply and deliciously with a simple chai tea bag. My kind of fall comfort food.

Actually, I was just going to pop in and make a note about the chai option on my usual butternut squash soup recipe page.  But so many of you requested the recipe after I shared about the tea bag hack on Instagram that I thought this twist might as well have it’s very own post.  😉

As I mentioned above, it also happens to be naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan.  AND, it’s incredibly easy to make.

Simply toss all of your main ingredients — some butternut squash, garlic, carrots, apple, onion, cayenne and a chai tea bag — together in a slow cooker or pressure cooker.  Then cook until the squash is nice and tender.  Remove the tea bag, puree until smooth, then stir in the coconut milk (or any kind of milk/cream you prefer), and season with salt and pepper.

This Chai Butternut Squash Soup recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and seasoned simply and deliciously with a simple chai tea bag. My kind of fall comfort food.

Then this gorgeous, silky, creamy, delicious soup will be ready to enjoy!

This Chai Butternut Squash Soup recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and seasoned simply and deliciously with a simple chai tea bag. My kind of fall comfort food.

I topped mine with an extra drizzle of coconut milk (swirled around with a knife), a sprinkle of cinnamon as garnish, and a star anise pod for garnish.  But feel free to top yours however you’d like.

As a bonus, this soup also freezes well for up to 3 months if you’d like.  But I have a feeling it may disappear sooner than later. 😉

Enjoy, everyone!

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Chai Butternut Squash Soup

This Chai Butternut Squash Soup recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and seasoned simply and deliciously with a simple chai tea bag.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 medium (uncooked) butternut squash*, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup canned (unsweetened) coconut milk
  • optional garnishes: swirled extra coconut milk and/or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Directions:

Slow Cooker Method:

  1. Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, onion, cayenne to a small (4-quart) slow cooker or large (6-quart) slow cooker.  Toss to combine.  Then nestle the chai tea bag into the mixture so that it’s completely submerged in the broth.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high, or until the squash is completely tender and mashes easily with a fork.  Remove and discard the chai tea bag.
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.  (Or you can transfer the soup in two batches into a traditional blender, and puree until smooth, being very careful when working with the hot liquid.)  Stir in the coconut milk until combined.  Then taste, and season with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper as needed.  (Feel free to add in more cayenne too, if you’d like.)
  4. Serve warm, topped with your desired garnishes.  Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Method:

  1. Add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, onion, cayenne to the bowl of an Instant Pot.  Toss to combine.  Then nestle the chai tea bag into the mixture so that it’s completely submerged in the broth.  Close lid securely and set vent to “Sealing”.
  2. Press “Manual”, then press “Pressure” until the light on “High Pressure” lights up, then adjust the +/- buttons until time reads 30 minutes.  Cook.  Then let the pressure release naturally, about 15 minutes.  Carefully turn the vent to “Venting”, just to release any extra pressure that might still be in there, then remove the lid.
  3. Remove and discard the chai tea bag.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.  (Or you can transfer the soup in two batches into a traditional blender, and puree until smooth, being very careful when working with the hot liquid.)  Stir in the coconut milk until combined.  Then taste, and season with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper as needed.  (Feel free to add in more cayenne too, if you’d like.)
  5. Serve warm, topped with your desired garnishes.  Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

*A medium-sized butternut squash should weigh around 3 lbs.

**Cooking time listed is for the slow cooker method.

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10 comments on “Chai Butternut Squash Soup”

  1. Yum!! What a delicious looking soup – so perfect for autumn! We’ve never thought of cooking soup in a slow cooker before… such a good idea! :)

    Sochal – The Healthy Social Network

  2. Hi Ali,
    Ah! This is so clever I love it! Can’t wait to try this recipe. You must have been so stoked to put two and two together and figure out that chai tea would work in the place of your squash soup spices. Love the simplicity. Going to try it very soon. Thanks for sharing!~

  3. It’s too funny that this recipe refresh popped up yesterday just after I put the OG recipe into my crockpot. Next time I’ll have to try a chai tea bag! This soup is always a favorite.

  4. Brilliant! I love the tea bag hack, Ali!

  5. Delish! Quintessential fall recipe. I love the subtle hint of chai with the creamy butternut. Finishing with ample salt and pepper at the end transforms the soup!

    Rating: 5
  6. This looks absolutely to die for!!! I love chai and squash soups! What a fantastic warming soup! Your coconut milk drizzle and anise pod garnishes are gorgeous!!!

  7. I made this today. Next time, I might put two tea bags in the slow cooker for more chai flavour, but this is very good as is. Thank you!

  8. What a fabulous beyond fabulous idea! Looks stunning as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
    – MAK