instant pot soup recipes

12 Essential Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Who doesn’t crave the comfort of a piping hot bowl of homemade soup on a freezing winter day? From split pea to minestrone, cooking low and slow is traditionally the way to develop great flavor, but – let’s face it – we don’t always have that type of time. Not to worry – these Instant Pot soup recipes are here to save the day.

First things first, if you don’t have one already, you’ll need an Instant Pot. These handy multicookers simplify the process of preparing a meal, offering the convenience of  six or more appliances in one. Not bad for under 100 bucks!

essential Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Instant Pot Lux 

Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer and warmer. This model remains a tried-and-true favorite. Holds 6 quarts. Buy it here

Our Favorite Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Our advice? Double the recipe to make enough for seconds at dinner and leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Soup always tastes better the next day.


Get your fill of healthy beans, veggies and flavorful broth when you make this easy Instant Pot recipe from Sweet & Savory Meals. The spice blend is excellent. Makes eight portions with an estimated prep time of 20 minutes and just 30 minutes cook time. 

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Split Pea

We found this recipe surprisingly delicious, even to the most finicky eaters. This nutritious concoction from the Healthier Steps blog makes eight servings and only takes a total of 30 minutes. Note: This is the vegan version. To make traditional split pea, toss in about 6 ounces of diced ham or smoked ham hock. 

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Chicken Noodle

Six Sisters’ Stuff puts this savory mixture together with two full cups of your choice of fresh cubed chicken breast, drumsticks and thighs, or you can use frozen – whatever you have on hand should work here. Perfect for fighting off the flu or winter blues

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White Bean and Kale 

Absolute bliss. This is one of the best Instant Pot soup recipes according to our taste buds. It will surely exceed your flavor expectations! Dried spices work just fine in this recipe, created by the fantastic Kitchen Girl

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French Onion 

Ready in under 15 minutes total (that’s for prep and cooking time) and requiring only five ingredients, this French onion from The Typical Mom blog is one of the easiest Instant Pot soup recipes we found. Substitute the beef broth with veggie broth to make a vegetarian version. 

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Beef Vegetable

A whole pound of diced beef gives this inviting winter soup from A Pinch of Healthy its hearty consistency, while the potatoes and colorful chopped veggies back it up with vitamins and minerals. Requires 10 minutes prep time and a little over an hour to cook. 

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Manhattan Clam Chowder

This mouthwatering seafood favorite has instructions with pictures along the way to help first-time chowder makers get it just right. Dawn from Just a Pinch makes this thick and chunky chowder in less than an hour with baby clams and a shot of Chardonnay.

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Wild Rice and Mushroom

This heavenly blend also offers variations and pro tips for household preferences. Read through carefully for your choices. Cooking Carnival makes this ideal soup for your healthy New Year’s resolutions. Prep time is only five minutes, while cook time is 45 (wild rice takes some time). Serve it with warm crusty bread.

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Creamy Potato Soup

You’ll need to get out your immersion blender for this one (see below). Thick, rich, and savory, anyone who loves potatoes and cream will be wanting seconds of this Nora Cooks amalgamation. Non-vegans can substitute half-and-half or whole milk for the coconut milk. Serve with plenty of toppings and crunchy crackers.

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Lasagna Soup

This is just as delicious as regular lasagna but much less time-consuming than layering all those noodles. Sweet & Savory Meals does it again here, making eight servings in a jiffy with only 10 minutes prep time and 30 minutes cooking time. Serve with garlic bread or top with garlic flavored croutons for a full and hearty meal. 

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Corn Chowder

The bacon gives this Taste of Home recipe a surprise kick of flavor, and you can use up what’s left of that sack of potatoes too. Wanna make it vegan style? Leave off the meat and swap out the cream and cheese with your favorite vegan versions (we prefer almond milk, coconut cream, or Violife cheese). Don’t skimp on the toppings. 

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Tomato Soup

There’s nothing like a rich, hot bowl of homemade tomato soup and Jen from Peas and Crayons has one of the best Instant Pot soup recipes for it. Best served with a classic grilled cheese, hot panini fresh off the griddle or homemade croutons sprinkled on the top. 

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What You’ll Need to Make These Instant Pot Soup Recipes 

Essential Instant Pot Soup Recipes

OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press

Get all your garlic prepped in a single motion when you use the handy OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Garlic Press. Equipped with smooth, non-slip handles and a large compartment to hold extra cloves of garlic, this press is perfect for the garlic lovers among us. Comes with OXO’s satisfaction guarantee: If you’re the least bit dissatisfied, they’ll repair, replace or refund until you are. Buy it here.

Essential Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Ninja Food Chopper Express

Spare your arms the extra workout! Just a couple of pulses and you’ll have veggies chopped and ready to drop into the Instant Pot. The Ninja Food Chopper Express can chop, grind and mince everything from nuts to herb to chocolate and even meats. Buy it here

Essential Instant Pot Soup Recipes

AmazonBasics Multi-Speed Immersion Hand Blender

Needed to create the creamiest of cream soups (like the potato soup recipe above), this Multi-Speed Immersion Hand Blender works not only for soups, but for smoothies, sauces, whipped toppings and more. Quiet and simple to use with a detachable wand that washes up easily and is dishwasher-safe. Available in black or white and with additional attachments for a slightly higher price. Buy it here

Essential Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Porcelain Bowls and Spoons 

These soup bowls are nice and deep. High-quality, lead-free and FDA-approved, this set of four DOWAN 30-Ounce Porcelain Bowls is ideal for any soup-loving household. The neutral white color matches virtually any tureen perfectly. Dishwasher-, oven- and freezer-safe. Buy it here

Essential Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Small Toppings Bowl Set 

Put these out with your choice of soup toppings for a beautifully coordinated table setting. This Soup Passion Premium Porcelain Small Toppings Bowl Set of Four by Villeroy & Boch is safe for the dishwasher and microwave. Buy it here.  

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Do you have an Instant Pot? Share your favorite recipes in the comments. 

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