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8 Hearty Soups to Make in Your Instant Pot

A bowl of pumpkin soup sprinkled with roasted pumpkin seeds.
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It’s that time of year again to whip up some hearty and soul-warming soups. Don’t have time to babysit a pot on the stove? No worries, these Instant Pot recipes are set-and-forget!

We all need a little comfort food right now. This fall is shaping up to be unlike any other, with schools closing and many restaurants remaining shuttered. The great thing about these easy-to-make soups is that they are super tasty and good for you. Yum.

Plus, you can’t beat the ease and convenience of the Instant Pot. It’s so easy to use even your kids (OK, maybe with a little supervision!) can make a tasty soup.

Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Cheddar Soup made in an Instant Pot.
The Flavours of Kitchen

Cauliflower used to be a fairly ordinary vegetable people sort of low-key ignored. But then, overnight it seems, it jumped to the top of the list as an excellent, no-carb substitution for some of your favorite dishes. You can now make cauliflower “mac” and cheese, mashed cauliflower, even cauliflower pizza crust.

Now, back to the soup. This recipe calls for an entire cauliflower, plus copious amounts of cheese, making it one heck of a satisfying meal. Pair it with some divine bread rolls or your own sourdough bread, and you’re bound to feel warm and fuzzy all over.

Get the recipe: The Flavours of Kitchen

Chili

Ah, the classic chili. Such a necessary staple for the fall and winter months.

Here are our top picks:

  • Umami Chili: This is a thick, satisfying stew full of spicy and umami flavors, bound to satisfy your entire family (it’s not too spicy). Watch the video above, or get the recipe from Pressure Cook Recipes.
  • Turkey Lentil Chili: This delightful chili has a wonderful array of flavors, with the heartiness of turkey and lentils. Get the recipes from 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking.
  • Tofu Chili: Just because you’re a vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to forgo the deliciousness of a hearty bowl of chili. This recipe is so yummy, even meat eaters will love it! You can also sub out the tofu for tempeh if you’re looking for a denser flavor. Get the recipe from Glue and Glitter.

Pair your chili with a savory and sweet cornbread recipe for a dinner to remember.

Split Pea Soup

This is an all time favorite, with tasty subtle flavors that are bound to warm your soul. Just toss those split peas into the Instant Pot, along with a few staple ingredients, and bam—dinner’s done.

It’s also a perfect way to use any leftover ham, although this is optional for any vegetarians out there.

Get the recipe: Simple Happy Foodie

Pumpkin Soup

A bowl of hot and fresh homemade pumpkins soup.
TastyThin

Fall is definitely the season of the pumpkin, with the sweet succulent flavor dominating everything around.

Even if you’re not a fan of the pumpkin-spice-all-the-things trend, it’s tough to beat enjoying a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup at the end of a long day. Plus, it’s part of the Whole30 Paleo diet—perfect for your health and your palate.

Get the recipe: Tasty Thin

Potato Soup

Wondering what to do with all those potatoes? Here’s a soup that’s simple to make but oh-so-tasty! Trust us, your kids will be begging for more.

And don’t forget, with the magic of the Instant Pot there’s no more hanging around waiting for water to boil or dirtying up multiple pans. It all happens inside one pot, which can easily go into the dishwasher afterwards. Score!

Get the recipe: Delish

Wild Rice Soup

This is a perfect soup for those chilly, cold evenings stuck at home. It’s creamy, rich, and super scrumptious. Not a fan of mushrooms? Cut them up small, and you won’t even notice they’re there.

Pair it with one of our a quick-bread recipe and you’ve just made yourself the perfect dinner. Pro tip: Make a double batch if there’s space in your Instant Pot (and fridge), enjoying a hearty lunch the following day.

Get the recipe: Pinch of Yum

Chicken Noodle Soup

This is the ultimate comfort food and is loved any time of the year. Plus, it’s good to have on hand to nurse any colds, keeping those sniffles away.

The beauty of this recipe means you can toss everything except the noodles into the Instant Pot, sealing it up and walking away. Then, simply add the noodles for 5 minutes and enjoy.

Get the recipe: Kristine’s Kitchen

Curried Carrot Red Lentil Soup

A blue ceramic bowl filled with red lentil carrot soup.
Kitchen Treaty

This is one of those recipes I stumbled upon on Pinterest and thought, “I wonder if my picky kids will like this?” And guess what? They loved it!

Time and time again they gobble it up, down to the very last drop. The sweetness of the carrot makes you forget this soup is actually healthy. Just go easy on the curry spices if you or your kids don’t like a bit of kick.

Get the recipe: Kitchen Treaty


Creating rich, nutritious, and satisfying soups for yourself and your family shouldn’t take hours out of your day. Just toss those ingredients into the Instant Pot, push a few buttons, and let it take care of the rest. The best part is that the taste is always superb!

Jill A. Chafin Jill A. Chafin
Jill A. Chafin is a freelance writer, aerialist, dancer, food enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, and mama, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Read Full Bio »

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