Healthy winter warmer vegetable soup (with Instant Pot)

Soup in the Instant Pot

Can I confess something? Don’t tell anyone, but I have never owned, or used a slow cooker before. I know. I know.

I am now a busy Mum…working freelance from home, with 3 year-old twins in preschool and a husband who works long hours. I therefore need efficiency and ease when making meals each night. Because I haven’t got hours and hours to stand preparing and making complex meals. So anything that makes life simpler is right up my street!

When Instant Pot sent me one of their Programmable Pressure Cookers, I was a little excited. With its claims of speeding up the cooking process, I definitely couldn’t wait to give it a whirl!

With multiple sensors and a micro-processor, Instant Pot is an intelligent multi-cooker, capable of completely replacing pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer. It also cooks meals faster with less energy while preserving more nutrients. – Instant Pot

Instant Pot - perfect for soups and stews

For a busy family of four, like us, saving time each evening is so important.

It is now January. Which means healthier eating for Hubby and I. Plus it is also getting much colder outside. And so soup is a great meal for us to have for lunch together. Either for when the twins are home from preschool, or at weekends when Daddy is home too. Soup is one of our tastiest and favourite family lunch-time meals, and it warms us all up too!

What is perfect about this vegetable soup recipe is that there is no butter or cream – so it is very healthy, using fresh ingredients. It is also a superb way of getting vegetable portions into the children’s diets.

Preparing ingredients for soup Using Instant Pot to make soup

Recipe//  Serves 2 adults & 2 children. Takes 30 mins (including prep time).

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

1 onion, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 parsnips, peeled and chopped

Large handful of broccoli

Large handful of green beans

Vegetable stock cube

Water

Method:

  1. Add the olive oil and sauté the onion in the Instant Pot. Stir occasionally, until soft.
  2. Add the rest of the vegetables.
  3. Add the stock cube and water (make sure it covers the vegetables).
  4. Place the lid onto the Instant Pot and set to manual, 10 minutes.
  5. Once ready, puree the mixture with a blender.
  6. Add seasoning and serve! With bread on the side if desired.

Instant Pot for vegetable soup

What I adore about this recipe is that you can use any vegetables that you like, and use any from the fridge or cupboards that may be going out of date. I love making soup and love seeing all their clear bowls afterwards!

I cannot WAIT to try more recipes in my new Instant Pot! Will keep you updated.

Happy cooking!

Love, Jess x

Please note: this post was written in collaboration with Instant Pot

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16 Comments

  1. January 9, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    This looks fantastic – must look into getting one of these! I’ve bought carrots and parsnips ready to make some soup! 🙂 I love a good soup.
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    • January 10, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Sounds delish 🙂 Enjoy xx

  2. January 9, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Oh this looks delicious! I have actually never made a soup, and I feel like it is high time I tried! xx
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    • January 10, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Oooooh you should it is SO easy and really, really tastes better than the tins! Enjoy xx

  3. January 10, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Looks and sounds fab Jess. I love a soup and usually make a batch to get rid of leftovers and freeze in smaller portions. It always makes you feel good knowing how much goodness in it. You make me want to get my slow cooker out- we have one and got bough another for christmas 2014 and still haven’t used them! Oops x
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    • January 11, 2016 / 10:00 am

      Oh really?? I haven’t even made anything in one before so now I am hooked! 🙂 xx

    • January 11, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I don’t know?? I am definitely hooked and cannot wait to steam, stew and roast more in it!!!! xx

    • January 11, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      Love making soup and cannot wait to see what other delights I can conjure up in my new pot!!!! xx

  4. January 11, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Ooh I will have to try this Jess, its so funny we are so on the same wavelength I am starting a soup and smoothie series soon with my new soup and smoothie maker. I need to make filling and healthy lunches now I am less active in the day x
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    • January 11, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Oooooh cannot wait Sarah 🙂 Love both of these!! xx

    • January 12, 2016 / 10:17 am

      Thank you 🙂 xx

  5. January 15, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Oh, that looks yummy. I love soup at this time of year. It is the perfect warming lunch. And the Instant Pot looks amazing. I don’t have a slow cooker either. I am so behind the times. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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    • January 17, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Me too – love making anything that is hearty and healthy! xx

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