Homemade soups are an easy way to serve a meal when time and ingredients are limited. The problem is, most soups require at least an hour of cook time for flavors to really develop. That's where the Instant Pot comes into play.
The Instant Pot, or any pressure cooker, makes a soup taste like it's been simmering for 10 hours (when it's really just been an hour... or less). Not to mention, pressure cookers make bean and lentil-based soups easier for weekday meal planning as they require a fraction of the typical cooking time.
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We tapped a registered dietitian for pressure cooker soup recipes that are easy enough to put together on a busy weeknight.
1. Instant Pot Borscht Soup
Borscht, aka red beet soup, is a traditional Eastern European dish that can be served hot or cold. "The onions and garlic in this recipe are prebiotics, which are indigestible fibers that help feed the good bacteria in our large intestine," says Sarah Jackson, RD of Origin Nutrition. "They form compounds such as short chain fatty acids that help fuel the colonic cells and fight against inflammation."
Get the Instant Pot Borscht recipe and nutrition info at Wholesomelicious.
2. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup With Apple
The combination of butternut squash and apple is like the season of fall in one delicious slurp. Jackson recommends leaving your chopped garlic to sit for 10 minutes before adding it to the soup to allow more time for the bioactive compound, allicin, to develop. "Allicin has been studied for its benefits in combatting inflammation and blocking free radicals in the body."
Get the Instant Pot Butternut Squash With Apple recipe and nutrition info at Cotter Crunch.
3. Instant Pot Loaded Mexican-Inspired Chicken Soup
Spinach, zucchini and cherry tomatoes are the veggie stars of the Mexican-inspired soup. The three of these vegetables contain plant compounds called polyphenols, Jackson says. Polyphenols have been linked to promoting circulation, reducing inflammation and helping regulate blood sugar levels.
Get the Instant Pot Loaded Mexican-Inspired Chicken Soup recipe and nutrition info at Real Life Whole Food.
4. Instant Pot Jalapeno Corn Chicken Soup
It's creamy, it's spicy, it's loaded with protein and it comes together in just 30 minutes. There's so much to love about this jalapeno-bean soup. "Cannellini beans here are an excellent source of dietary fiber — just 1 cup contains nearly 12 grams," Jackson says. "Fiber promotes feelings of fullness by delaying digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar levels, too."
Get the Instant Pot Jalapeno Corn Chicken Soup recipe and nutrition info at Real Life Whole Food.
5. Healing Instant Pot Herbal Chicken Soup
Whip up this soup during the cold and flu season when runny noses and coughs begin to trickle around your home. It features goji berries and mushrooms, among other veggies. "Goji berries contain more melatonin than any other berry and have a high concentration of potent antioxidants," Jackson says. "Plus, shiitake mushrooms are an excellent source of vitamin D that contributes to [supporting] immune function."
Get the Healing Instant Pot Herbal Chicken Soup recipe and nutrition info at Wholefully.
6. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
There's nothing like the classic chicken noodle soup — especially during cold and flu season. "Chicken soup contains amino acid cysteine, which helps loosen secretions as well as other ingredients that have anti-inflammatory mechanisms," Jackson suggests.
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe and nutrition info at Cooking Classy.
7. Instant Pot Cream of Cauliflower Soup
This cauliflower soup is cheesy, savory and super creamy — and the combination of potato and cauliflower is delectable. Cauliflower is loaded with fiber while being relatively low in calories, Jackson says. And remember, don't skimp on the onions. Onions are rich in antioxidants and contain prebiotics, which help with maintaining a healthy gut.
Get the Instant Pot Cream of Cauliflower Soup recipe and nutrition info at Healthy Seasonal Recipes.
8. Instant Pot Mexican-Inspired Black Bean Soup
If you love beans, you have to try this soup. "Black beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, which promotes feelings of fullness and leads to being satisfied earlier in the meal," Jackson says. To reduce the sodium content, choose low-sodium broth.
Get the Instant Pot Mexican-Inspired Black Bean Soup recipe and nutrition info at Lively Table.
9. Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
If you're having trouble getting in your daily veggie intake, this soup is chock-full of them and you won't even remember you're eating your vegetables. You'll get loads of vitamins A, C and K from the kale in this recipe. "Just 1 cup of raw kale has nearly 700 percent of the daily value of vitamin K and 200 percent of the daily value of vitamin A," Jackson says.
Get the Instant Pot Vegetable Soup recipe and nutrition info at Dishing Out Health.
10. Instant Pot Chicken Pho Noodle Soup (Pho Ga)
Like most Asian-inspired soups, the flavor starts with broth and spices. Cardamom, though potent in flavor, may protect from common inflammatory digestive conditions, such as ulcers, Jackson says.
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Pho Noodle Soup (Pho Ga) recipe and nutrition info at Little Spice Jar.
11. Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup
With just one bite, you'll experience the delicious flavors of enchiladas minus the tortilla. This soup is the perfect vehicle for bulking up on veggies. Red peppers contain capsaicin, which supports blood circulation, Jackson says. If you have it on hand, add green vegetables like zucchini, spinach, kale or even riced broccoli.
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe and nutrition info at Love and Zest.
12. Instant Pot Sambar
This popular South Indian soup is chock-full of toor dal, vegetables and the sweet and savory flavor of tamarind. Toor dal, also known as split pigeon peas, are similar to beans and lentils and are considered a pulse. Pulses are the edible portion of a legume, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and are a good source of protein and fiber.
Get the Instant Pot Sambar recipe and nutrition info at My Heart Beets.
13. Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup
Tender beef, pillowy potatoes and perfectly soft veggies are the base of this pressure cooker soup. This bowl calls for stew meat, so choose beef chuck stew meat as it breaks down to be tender and delicious. Just be sure to trim away any excess fat before adding the meat to your pressure cooker.
Get the Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup recipe and nutrition info at Feel Good Foodie.
14. Instant Pot Buffalo Sweet Potato Soup
This sweet and spicy soup is vegan, Whole30, gluten-free and paleo-approved. And the best part is it's ready in less than 30 minutes. The sweet potatoes in here are a great source of fiber and vitamin A.
Get the Instant Pot Buffalo Sweet Potato Soup recipe and nutrition info at Only Gluten Free Recipes.
15. Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Lentil soup is a household staple that every chef should know how to prepare. Lentils are loaded with B vitamins, iron, manganese, phosphorus and protein. If you want to boost the protein even more, add mini chicken or turkey meatballs to this soup.
Get the Instant Pot Lentil Soup recipe and nutrition info at Little Sunny Kitchen.