Easy Instant Pot™ Minestrone Soup Recipe: Everyone Can Enjoy This Healthy Soup by Melissa Vickers

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a year ago

Easy Instant Pot™ Minestrone Soup Recipe: Everyone Can Enjoy This Healthy Soup

I’m done with hot weather and glad to see (and feel) cooler days come in. And fall days mean soup time! This minestrone soup recipe has Old World flavors that come together in a new-fangled kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot™.

The only thing about this recipe that isn’t vegan is the Parmesan cheese, but there's a vegan substitute for that! Bring on the cool weather, crank up the fireplace and settle in for a bowl of soup.

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus 15 minutes for pressure to build)
Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken, if you aren’t doing the vegan version)
  • Parmesan rind (optional)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 1 cup uncooked short pasta
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into half coins
  • 2 cups fresh kale (or chopped baby spinach)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Press SAUTE and add olive oil to Instant Pot™. When hot, add onions, celery and carrots. Sauté 2 to 3 minutes until softened. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds longer. Hit CANCEL.
  2. Add oregano, basil, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, tomatoes, broth, Parmesan rind, beans and pasta to the pot. Stir to combine. Set the pot to seal and cook on MANUAL high pressure for 5 minutes. (It will take about 15 minutes for the pressure to build and then the countdown timer will start.)
  3. Once the time is up, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. Press SAUTE and add zucchini and kale (or spinach). Sauté 2 to 3 minutes until pasta is fully cooked and vegetables are tender.
  4. Add red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve sprinkled Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

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Instant Pot™ $50 & Up
Short Pasta $1 & Up
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I’m all about the soup right now. This recipe rocks!
Minestrone is one of the all time great soups. Everyone loves it.
Patricia Eilers
This was easy, quick and very flavorful--definitely going in the "Keeper" rotation.

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