OMG! The Best Instant Pot Soup Ever...Using Ingredients You Have at Home

Making an easy dinner in my instant pot, using ingredients I already have is necessary these days.  Most of us are trying to limit the amount of grocery shopping that we do- I know I am.  I think they call this shelf cooking?  It's kind of like my Italian grandmother's minestrone soup.  She called it garbage soup because she would put anything she had on hand into it!  By reading beyond this point, you are agreeing to my updated privacy policy, and my use of commission based links.

So good with my favorite sourdough bread.

Let's start with an instant pot. If you don't have one by now, you are missing out.  I can saute, make rice, yogurt, slow cook, and probably 900 other things I haven't even tried yet.  It also takes up SO MUCH less space than my crockpot did.

Let's start with ingredients.  I'm making a variation of grandmas minestrone!  I had some pasta sauce left in the bottom of the jar from making pizzas-so I put that in. In the freezer I had some chopped spinach...perfect.  In my fridge I had some onion, a pound of ground turkey, some celery.  Bang!  Instant soup.

The perfect accompaniment is my beginners sourdough bread recipe.  I eat it every day!

Prep:5-7 minute
Cook time: 20 for pressure cook if you are in a hurry


  1. 1 cup white beans (I had dry and cooked them first)
  2. Leftover Pasta sauce
  3. can of diced tomatoes- I use a big one of fire roasted 
  4. pound of ground turkey (or not)
  5. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  6. 1/4 cup chopped onion, or a shallot, or leek (whatever you like)
  7. 1/2 cup of chopped frozen spinach (or kale. You can also use fresh, but you will need more)
  8.  1/2 cup chopped celery
  9. 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  10. 1 heaping teaspoon of better than bouillon (or stock if you have it)
  11. Water
  12. teaspoon of bacon grease (or if you don't have it use olive oil)
  13. Salt and pepper to taste
  14. 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning


Precook any dried beans, or drain the can (and set aside).  Saute the bacon grease with the garlic, throw in the onions, until they turn slightly translucent.  Then add the ground turkey.  Cook it until it is mostly done, and season it with some salt and pepper. Once it is cooked enough that it is in smaller pieces (because if you don't saute it, the chunks will be huge), add the water, the tomatoes, and the rest of your ingredients. Taste the broth, and make sure it is seasoned enough. If you are in a hurry, I would cook it on low pressure for two minutes.  You can either natural pressure release, or quick release.  If you aren't in a hurry, you can slow cook it for several hours.  I actually like to do a combination.  I pressure cook it for two minutes on low pressure, and then let it slow cook for four to develop the flavor.  Taste your broth, and adjust the seasonings as needed.  That's it!

You can find more of my favorite instant pot recipes here.

These are the white beans I keep on hand for soups.

Don't be put off by my variations.  If you don't have things on hand-leave it out!  Or substitute what you do have.  That is the whole point of this dinner, just use what you have.  Good luck, and let me know how it turns out! I could also use some suggestions for quick meals that your kids love.  Leave them in the comments below.

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