Instant Pot Vegetable Soup - #Vegan #LowCalorie #Quick

October 02, 2020

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Vegetable soup made with Instant Pot
As the months start to get cooler, I find myself craving comfort foods. Fortunately, recipes like this Instant Pot vegetable soup make it easy to indulge without eating unhealthy foods and snacks. It is hearty, and can also be great for people who are recovering from colds and other illnesses.

Investing in a pressure cooker is becoming a necessity for anyone who spends considerable time in the kitchen. The soups come out divine, with no risk of over-cooking or burning. 


Back to our vegetable soup...


Feel free to play around with the recipe (using the vegetables that you have at hand). The soup is suitable for everyone (including plant-based). 


How do you make vegetable soup from scratch?


Follow this step by step recipe for a quick guide to making your own vegetable from scratch. Do not stress if you do not have the exact same vegetables e.g feel free to substitute the red potatoes with white potatoes and enjoy your soup:

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
Yield: 4-6
Author: Creative Home Outlet
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 8 Mininactive time: 10 MinTotal time: 33 Min
This delicious and easy soup recipe can be adapted countless ways to incorporate whatever fresh vegetables and herbs you have available. Be sure to add a splash of fresh lime juice right before serving to brighten the flavors!

Ingredients

  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounce vegetable broth, preferably organic
  • 1 lb. red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 c. baby kale, roughly chopped
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to Instant Pot® (pressure cooker) and set on the “Sauté” function. Add garlic, celery, carrots, red onion, garlic powder, and chili powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  2. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until vegetables start to turn golden brown, approximately 4-5 minutes. Add broth and stir to combine, scrapping any brown bits off the bottom of the pot in the process. Turn the unit off.
  3. Add potatoes, bay leaves, and chopped tomatoes to the pot. Add lid and lock into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 3 minutes.
  4. When cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove lid and discard the bay leaves. Stir in baby kale and lime juice, and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Stir to combine and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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Adapting the vegetable soup


If you are being mindful of your protein intake, you can easily adapt this soul to pack some protein. 

Cut 3-4 chicken breasts (skinless and deboned) into smaller cubes, and add with the potatoes, tomatoes and bay leaves (step 3 of the instructions). For a plant-based version, you can add chick-peas instead.  This adaptation will turn this pressure cooker vegetable soup into a complete and balanced meal.

I also use water a lot when making my soups. If you do not have a vegetable broth recipe at hand, this could be an option for you.

Best vegetables to put in a soup


Enjoyed this soup, and wondering if you can whip up your own recipe? The key is to know the best vegetables that work well with soup. Vegetables that overcook easily will turn your soup into a mushy texture  that may not appeal to the eye. Carrots, celery, green beans, potatoes, onion and tomatoes are some of the best vegetables that you can use in your soup. 

Herbs and spices


Common herbs and spices work well on soup e.g oregano, Italian herbs, black pepper, chili flakes, curry powder etc. Experiment and adapt the condiments to your own taste.

I incorporate vegetable soup quite often in my meals, It is nutrient dense, yet very low in calories. It's one of the many way that you get more "bang for your buck". 

I hope you will try it out and enjoy!
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