8 Cozy Instant Pot Soup Recipes That Are Super Healthy

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November 14, 2022
instant pot lentil soup
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

There are few foods as warm and comforting as a big bowl of flavorful, delicious soup. Thankfully, there are so many variations of the beloved dish that there truly is a type of soup that can satisfy just about anyone. But it’s not always the most convenient food to make, sometimes recipes can take hours boiling away on the stove, or cooking in a Crock-Pot.

That’s why an Instant Pot —and recipes that work with the handy kitchen appliance— are so helpful for the days when you want a delicious, comforting home-cooked meal, but don’t have the hours to put into making it. Many of these instant pot soup recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare. Plus, to top it off, they’re nutrient-packed and extremely healthy!

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1. Instant Pot Tomato Soup

instant pot tomato soup

Courtesy of Well Plated

From school lunches to sick day meals, tomato soup is a childhood classic, but you don’t need to stick to cans of soup to recapture the youthful memories this soup invokes. Step it up a bit with this recipe, which only has 138 calories and one gram of saturated fat, and takes just 45 minutes in total to prep and make.

Try the recipe from Well Plated.

2. Super-Fast Homemade Chicken Soup

Chicken soup

Chicken noodle soup is a canned classic, and many people might be surprised to know that it’s not much harder to make from scratch. This nutrient-dense soup, with an added cup of frozen veggies, comes together in about 20 minutes, so you won’t be waiting long for it to cook either.

Try our recipe on Clean Plates.

3. Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana

instant pot pesto zuppa toscana

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Olive Garden catches a lot of flack about how their food isn’t authentically Italian, and while it definitely differs from what you’d get in a Roman restaurant, it doesn’t mean that it’s not still delicious. This soup is inspired by the Italian-inspired chain’s Zuppa Toscana, and uses spicy Italian chicken sausage, alongside Tuscan kale for a healthier take on the dish. This soup packs in all of the flavors that you’d want from a delicious Italian meal, but with a fraction of the calories you’d normally get in a serving of one.

Try the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

4. Easy Instant Pot Minestrone

instant pot minestrone soup

Courtesy of Salt & Lavender

With so many veggies, a healthy portion of noodles, and a delicious tomato-based sauce, minestrone is a perfect soup for any vegetarian, or anyone who loves a delicious soup. Once everything is added to the instant pot, this recipe only takes six minutes to complete. Really, the only effort in making this recipe is chopping up the vegetables, so think of it as a good opportunity to work on those knife skills.

Try the recipe from Salt & Lavender.

5. Instant Pot Curried Lentil Soup

instant pot lentil soup

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

You know that when a recipe has “curry” in the title that it’s going to be packed with flavor, and this lentil soup is no different. The soup is seasoned not only with curry powder, salt, and pepper, but also has a lot of ginger flavor and acidity from being topped with lemon juice. Plus, it’s not just an extremely flavorful soup, it’s also really healthy as well. The plant-based recipe is packed with fiber and iron, and because it’s a soup that mostly consists of lentils, it’s also full of protein as well.

Try the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

6. Instant Pot French Onion Soup

instant pot french onion soup

Courtesy of Well Plated

Covered in melted cheese and topped with a slice of a baguette, French onion soup isn’t typically a go-to healthy soup. This recipe, on the other hand, is, because although the soup is made with all of the same ingredients that you’d find in a traditional, unhealthy French onion soup, this recipe uses the ingredients in lightened-up amounts. Although the soup is relatively low in calories, because it’s served with a cheese-coated baguette, this recipe is pretty high in carbohydrates at 30 grams per serving, so be mindful when consuming other carbs throughout the day.

Try the recipe from Well Plated.

7. Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

instant pot wild rice soup

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Soup is an ideal cold-weather meal, but nothing really beats the comfort found in an abundantly creamy soup, like this one, which is made with mushrooms, carrots, and of course, wild rice. In addition to being a tasty, and quick, option for a great lunch, dinner, or whenever-you-feel-like-it sort of treat, this recipe is low in calories per serving and also an unexpected source of Vitamin C, so you don’t have to chug orange juice to meet your daily requirement of the vitamin which is known to help lower blood pressure and boost immunity.

Try the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

8. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

instant pot butternut squash soup

Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

There are few pieces of produce as perfect for eating in the fall as butternut squash. The sweet and nutty fruit is cooked with carrots, garlic, ginger, and red curry paste in this flavorful recipe. It’s not only a perfect fall dish, but also conveniently low in calories.

Try the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Read next: 10 Hearty Slow Cooker Soup Recipes for Chilly Nights

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