I have said it about a hundred times before but I surely won’t stop now — I love soup.
I love it from the stove top, the slow cooker, and my latest obsession — Instant Pot soup recipes.
And since there are never too many Instant Pot soups to have in your back pocket this time of year, I’ve gathered up some of my favorites and some on my list to try!
Why make soup in the Instant Pot?
When someone asks me if they need an Instant Pot (and I get asked this a lot!), I will tell them honestly: it’s good for some things, but it’s not great at everything.
Hands down my favorite thing to cook in my pressure cooker because it’s so good, and so quick.
I absolutely love how quickly the Instant Pot cooks veggie-loaded soups and they’re not still half crunchy when you’re ready to eat — this can take forever on the stove!
I love how all the flavors in Instant Pot soup recipes blend so well together and how easily it is to add cooked or browned meat (bacon or ground beef or Italian sausage, for example), and not have to dirty an extra pot — much better than the crockpot!
General tips for making Instant Pot Soup recipes:
This might seem like an obvious one, but pay attention to the recipes. Different vegetables require different cook times, and even things like the size you cut something can make a big difference in any Instant Pot soup recipe.
Don’t overcook the pasta. This is always going to be one of my pet peeves, but so many recipes cook pasta way too long. If you’re pressure cooking, 2 or 3 minutes is enough. You can also dry add pasta afterwards and cook on saute, so that you know when it’s cooked to perfection and there’s no guessing.
Add creamy liquids or anything you’ll use to thicken your soup at the end of the cook time, after you’re done pressure cooking. Pressure cookers need thin liquid to build pressure, and you don’t want a starchy, gloopy mess coming out your vent.
How long will it take to come to pressure? Release pressure?
This is because your Instant Pot likely wasn’t very full and you didn’t have to use a lot of liquid.
With Instant Pot Soup recipes, your pressure cooker is likely pretty full and it has a lot of liquid. For this reason, when cooking soup in the Instant Pot you’ll want to give yourself 20-30 minutes to build pressure and 15-20 minutes for the pressure to release naturally.
Some soup recipes may call for a quick release (i.e., opening up the valve immediately after the cook time) but be careful — all that hot liquid and steam can spew out of the valve resulting in a huge mess.
If you are not waiting for the pressure to release naturally, be sure to open the valve a little at a time and release gradually.
How to freeze leftover soup:
Many soups are great for meal prepping and can be stored for a few days in the fridge or a few months in the freezer.
To know if an instant pot soup can be frozen, see that it doesn’t have one of these ingredients in it:
low fat milk: low fat milk can be frozen but maybe have an odd texture after thawing. If freezing, evaporated milk or cream is usually a better choice.
pasta: again, pasta can definitely be frozen, but it will lose a lot of its firm texture in the process. If you’re picky about your pasta, it’s best to leave it out and add it when serving.
potatoes: yes, again. Potatoes can be frozen, but they can take on a weird texture after thawing. You decide if you want to risk it!
Should I use the Instant Pot soup button?
You can, if you want.
The soup button prevents the soup from boiling and keeps it at a simmer.
For simplicity’s sake, I cook pretty much everything on high pressure, including soups, but it is a neat function to have.
You can set the soup function for more or less time, and high or low pressure.
The best Instant Pot Soup recipes
Instant Pot Potato Soup
This Instant Pot Potato Soup is creamy, comforting, and loaded with chunks of potato and a few veggies just for good measure 😉 It is the ULTIMATE comfort food and my very favorite soup!
This Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe is a healthy dinner recipe that’s easy enough for any day of the week! It’s made in the pressure cooker which means BIG flavour and quick cooking. Loaded with vegetables and easily made dairy free or vegetarian. Includes step by step recipe video.
This Crockpot Lasagna Soup recipe is full of flavor and can be made in the crockpot or Instant Pot! It's tomato based and made with Italian sausage, lasagna noodles, and lots of Italian herbs and cheeses.
Shortcut Instant Pot Chicken Chili Verde Soup comes together with simple pantry ingredients, and may be assembled as freezer packs for easy freezer Instant Pot weeknight dinners. No pre-cooking, and packed full of delicious tomatillo, jalapeno, lime and garlic flavors!
This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup recipe is super quick and easy to make in the pressure cooker, it’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, and it’s full of the best fall flavors that everyone will love! (This
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, made in a pressure cooker! So rich in flavor and packed with goodness, you won’t believe how easy this is to make and so delicious! If you just read my homemade chicken stock post, this is a great recipe to use that stock in! Butternut squash is my absolute favorite.…
Instant Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat – This copycat tastes just like the restaurant version except you can make it in the pressure cooker. It is unbelievably easy and effortless – anyone can make it! It is basically fool-proof. Promise!
This really is the Best Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup. You’re going to love how easy this great-tasting soup is to make and serve. With a 1-minute pressure cook time, you’ll want to make it again and again, no matter the season! My family prefers soups with at least a little texture. So I ada…