Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is an easy instant pot minestrone soup that’s hearty, healthy and cooks up in about 10 minutes!

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is an easy instant pot minestrone soup that's hearty, healthy and cooks up in about 10 minutes!

Our weather has been allllll over the place the past month.  Mostly it’s been raining with the occasional burst of hail, followed by a bone chilling day or two that produces a thick layer of ice in the morning.

In between all of that, we’ll get a day or two of spring-like weather where the scent of pollen is thick in the air, and the sun is shining away.  That is quickly followed up by more rain.

Such a tease!

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is an easy instant pot minestrone soup that's hearty, healthy and cooks up in about 10 minutes!

At least we’re 100% of normal water-wise here in CA, which is completely abnormal.  It’s been feeling more like Seattle as wet as it’s been.  

I’m not complaining — I’m just cold and in need of all the soup. 🙂

This Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is something that I made primarily for my husband.  He loves minestrone, and normally I make it untraditionally with quinoa instead of pasta or sweet potato or butternut squash instead of potato.

He likes minestrone to be as classic as possible with russet potato and pasta, so this soup is dedicated to him.  This is a vegetarian minestrone soup, so it’s not totally classic, but my husband was on board with that. 🙂

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

I truly don’t remember what life was like before I had my Instant Pot.  Do you have one?  It’s the one kitchen appliance that I recommend to everyone.  It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, etc. all in one.

There’s nothing that the Instant Pot can’t do, and it cooked this easy instant pot minestrone soup up in about 10 minutes flat.

That’s nothing short of a miracle!

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is an easy instant pot minestrone soup that's hearty, healthy and cooks up in about 10 minutes!

The glory of the pressure cooker is that it cooks everything so much more quickly, but that’s only half of it.  Pressure cooking results in food that tastes richer and more developed because the moisture is locked inside.

That means 3 mere minutes of pressure cooking time results in soup that tastes as good (and even better!), than soup that’s simmered for 30 minutes or more.

How to make Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Prepping the veggies for this instant pot vegetarian minestrone soup recipe is the the most time consuming part, but we’re only talking about 10-15 minutes.  The majority of the vegetable prep may be done in advance to save you time during the week, too.

Sauté the onion, celery, carrot and parsnip for 4 minutes in the Instant Pot, then add the garlic, potato and zucchini.  Sauté 1 minute more, then add the tomatoes, homemade or store bought vegetable stock, pasta, green beans, kidney beans, bay leaf and herbs. 

Secure the lid, seal the venting valve, and set to High Pressure for 3 minutes.  Quick release the pressure when done, and stir in the spinach, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Top with parmesan if desired and enjoy!

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is an easy instant pot minestrone soup that's hearty, healthy and cooks up in about 10 minutes!

Recipe Tips/Substitutions 

If you prefer not to make your instant pot minestrone soup with pasta, omit it altogether, along with 1/2 cup liquid or so.  I don’t recommend substituting it with rice or quinoa as I haven’t tried either one in this recipe.

The veggies may be prepped in advance to make things much more quickly during the week, or make a big batch on Sunday and enjoy all week long!

This soup is freezer friendly!

Omit the parmesan cheese for a vegan meal.

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is an easy instant pot minestrone soup that's hearty, healthy and cooks up in about 10 minutes!

More plant-based Instant Pot meals that you’ll love!

Easy Instant Pot Ratatouille

Instant Pot Pumpkin Black Bean Chili Mac

Instant Pot Vegetarian Taco Lentil Chili

Instant Pot Spicy White Bean and Chard Stew

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is an easy instant pot minestrone soup that's hearty, healthy and cooks up in about 10 minutes!
Instant Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped into 1/2 thick pieces
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and chopped into 1/2 thick pieces
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped into 1/2 thick pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into 1/2 thick pieces
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and chopped into 1" chunks
  • (2) 15 ounce cans low sodium diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups Easy Homemade Vegetable Stock or store bought low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup uncooked whole wheat pasta shells
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 15 ounce can low sodium kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Press the Sauté button on the Instant Pot and heat the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot, parsnip and celery and sauté 4 minutes. Add the garlic, zucchini and potato and sauté 1 minute longer.
  2. Add the tomatoes, stock, pasta, green beans, kidney beans, bay leaf and herbs and stir. Secure the lid and close the venting valve, and set to High Pressure for 3 minutes. When done, quick release the pressure and stir in the spinach, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

If you prefer not to make your instant pot minestrone soup with pasta, omit it altogether, along with 1/2 cup liquid or so. I don't recommend substituting it with rice or quinoa as I haven't tried either one in this recipe.

The veggies may be prepped in advance to make things much more quickly during the week, or make a big batch on Sunday and enjoy all week long!

This soup is freezer friendly!

Omit the parmesan cheese for a vegan meal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 333mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 8g Protein: 9g
Nutrition information is an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used or substitutions that are made.

Sharing is caring!