Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

So I have dove into the use of my instant pot quite a lot lately! Although it’s wonderful for so many different types of dishes, I will have to admit my favorite thing for it is soup! Soup is just one of my favorite things, but soup doesn’t always feel pleasing unless it’s simmered a long time and blended all of its wonderful flavors together.

But with the instant pot, you don’t have to wait two hours for sumptious soup that tastes like its been stewing all day. You literally can pressure cook it for 7 minutes and it tastes like something you would get at a restaurant!

Now, one of my favorite soups of all time is vegetable soup. It just reminds me of home and always makes me feel cozy! It is storming here today, so I decided to whip some up for lunch! After tasting how glorious it is, I decided I would share it with you all!

Now this is a meatless version because honestly its so delicious I don’t think it needs it! It tastes like old fashioned, what your grandma would make you vegetable soup! However, it only takes 7 minutes to cook! You heard me, 7 minutes!

Lets get to it so you can get cooking!

Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

What you will need:

  • 2 cans of mix vegetables
  • 1 can seasoned lima beans
  • 1 can tomatoes, okra, and corn mix
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • 1 box of beef broth
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Dry seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed

Directions:

Drain all of your cans and pour inti instant pot. Dice celery and onion and add in. Toss in minced garlic, dry seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Stir everything well!

Put on instant pot lid and make sure to set to “SEAL”. If you do not seal, it won’t pressurize! Then hit manual mode for 7 minutes! It will take some time to pressurize and then you will see the cook time on the front screen!

Once it’s done, quick release the pressure and wait until all of the pressure is released! You will feel tension if its not complete! Omce finished, taste and adjust according to your personal taste! (It was perfect for us).

It’s best served with fresh cornbread, grilled cheeses, or good old fashioned saltine crackers! Now it may seem like an odd set of ingredients, but this is what I have gotten perfected over the last two years! It is the perfect vegetable soup! If you want to make it completely vegetarian, you can use vegetable stock instead! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Happy homemaking!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Mac ‘n’ Cheese (Gluten Free)

Got a new instant pot? Need an easy and delicious recipe for your family? Kids fighting between mac ‘n’ cheese or spaghetti for dinner? Well this easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese is the recipe for you!

So the holiday seasons have passed us by and many of us are (FINALLY) blessed to own the fabulous instant pot! If you’ve followed my posts before, you understand how I feel about the instant pot. It’s such a great tool to add to your kitchen, especially if you are a busy mom juggling tons of things like work, school, family, and keeping your sanity!

Many of my favorite recipes have come from days of a scarce kitchen, need to buy groceries, and having to piece together whatever I have left in the cabinets to make a delicious meal for my family. This recipe came from one of those nights of just not really knowing what to cook and wanting to use my instant pot for a quick dinner. Why you ask? Because my 9 month old baby is obsessed with me and can’t stand to be away from me for longer than 1 minute (please send help).

So if you love delicious, comforting pasta and creamy cheesiness, then you will love this easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese! Plus, your picky toddler will love it too (and you can even add some more veggies in to trick them). But let’s go ahead and get to the good part!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Mac ‘N’ Cheese (Gluten Free)

What you will need:

  • 1 lbs grass fed ground beef
  • 1/4 cup sausage crumbles
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (your choosing! We use Aldi brand)
  • 1 package of macaroni and cheese (shells with liquid cheese is best – ours is gluten free but you can use regular)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar (shredded)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup of water

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning

Directions:

Set your instant pot to sauté mode and add in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Throw in diced onion, bell pepper, minced garlic, sausage, and beef. Sauté everything until beef is almost done but not completely.

Add in jar of spaghetti sauce and stir everything together. Then add in dry seasonings. For the instant pot, in order for it to seal correctly you always need to add in extra liquid. Here you can add in a cup of water or what I do for more flavor is pour water into the spaghetti sauce jar after its been emptied, about 3/4 full, and then put the lid back on. Shake the jar to get all the remaining sauce off the sides and then pour into instant pot. This adds more flavor and makes sure you get all of the delicious sauce.

Once you’ve added in the water, stir everything very well. Then add the pasta shells into the pot but do not stir. Simply take a spoon and make sure the pasta is barely covered by the liquid. Then put on the instant pot lid and set to “SEAL”. If you do not seal it, it will not pressurize! Set to manual mode at 8 minutes and let it do it’s thing.

Once it’s done, quick release it and make sure all of the pressure as been released. My instant pot won’t let me take the lid off until it’s done so if you feel tension when trying to remove it, make sure it is fully released. Add in your cheese mixture from your mac ‘n’ cheese package and stir. Then add in 1/4 cup of mozzarella and cheddar cheese into the pot and stir! Then taste and adjust according to your taste and serve! We top ours with parmesan cheese!

This easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese is so delicious, comforting and perfect for your family! AND IT LITERALLY TAKES LIKE 20 MINUTES TO MAKE. You heard me correctly! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as mine does! Happy homemaking!

The Easiest Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

It’s been soups galore here at our house! With some yuck going around, rain and cold weather, soup is what’s for dinner here a lot lately! It’s easy, delicious, and just gives a comfort you need during this time of the year. Today I was wanting some soup and decided I would try and make some broccoli cheddar soup for the first time! And y’all, it was so delicious I decided I would share it with you all!

This broccoli cheddar soup was made in the instant pot which is the best invention for your kitchen of all time. I cooked this soup in THREE MINUTES. Yeah you heard me, THREE MINUTES! Now the prep time in total was about 15 minutes including the cook time so yeah… a delicious soup in under 20 minutes!

I served mine with some yummy parmesan rosemary French bread from Costco. It’s so dreamy I could eat an entire loaf on my own! Now the soup itself is gluten free so if you are gluten free you can definitely get in on this! Serve yours up with a small side salad or gluten free sandwich! Your whole family will enjoy this soup AND you can sneak some more veggies in your family’s diet! Let’s get to it!

Easy Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What you will need:

  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup corn starch slurry
  • 4 cups of chicken broth

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning

Directions:

Set instant pot to sauté method. Drizzle in olive oil and throw in onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Soften all of the veggies. Then toss in frozen broccoli, chicken broth, and all dry seasonings. Cover instant pot with the lid and make sure you set to SEAL. Then hit the soup/stew mode and manually enter in 3 minutes. Remember it will take some time to pressurize!

Once finished, quick release (be careful) the pressure and wait until all of the steam has stopped releasing! Remove the lid and then set the instant pot back to sauté mode. Make 1/2 cup of cornstarch slurry! To do this just mix two tbsp of corn starch with 1/2 cup of water. Mix until everything is dissolved and add into the soup mixture. You will want to bring everything to a boil for it to thicken up. Also add in heavy cream and cheese. Let everything melt and come together. Here is a great place to taste the soup and adjust any seasonings to your taste!

Once finished, serve with some shredded cheese on top! It is so delicious and soothing! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Below I will attach a link to an instant pot that you can purchase if you don’t have one yet! Trust me, it is so worth it! You can read my blog, Instant Pot vs. Slow Cooker, to find out more!

Hope you enjoy and Happy Homemaking!

Instant Pot Duo 60 321 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-QT, Stainless Steel/Black

Easy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Creamy, warm, filling…. just what you want in a soup this Winter season! This Easy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana recipe is the perfect recipe for you!

It’s my most favorite time of the year! With the weather getting chilly, I have the perfect excuse to make lots of soup! Soup is one of my favorite meals! It’s easy, delicious, and it can last for a couple of days! It stretches a long way, so soup is always a perfect meal for times when the budget needs stretching a bit (like Christmas season)!

You have probably seen Zuppa Toscana on the menu at Olive Garden! It’s a hearty soup with tons of creamy, warm tones that makes you feel satisfied, even with just soup! My husband is not much a soup man. He likes things that fill him up after a long day of work! He loves this soup and so will you!

I use my instant pot for this recipe! I have said it before, and I will say it many more times, BUY AN INSTANT POT!!! It is one of the most necessary kitchen tools for the modern kitchen! You can use a regular soup pot on the stove but I cooked this meal in about a total of 25 minutes so…. you understand.

Instant Pot Duo 60 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6-QT, Stainless Steel/Black

Let’s get started so you can get eating!

Easy Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

What you will need:

  • 1 lbs ground Italian sausage
  • 4 medium sized red potatoes (cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup bacon (diced)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions:

Set your instant pot to sauté mode. Toss in 1 tbsp olive oil and diced onion. Stir around until soft. Then add in your ground sausage and break up into small pieces with spoon/spatula. Once browned, add in minced garlic, bacon, and dry seasonings. Stir well and then add in potatoes. Mix everything together and deglaze the bottom of your instant pot with a small amount of chicken broth (this gets all of the flavor off of the bottom! DO NOT SKIP).

Add in the rest of your chicken broth and close instant pot lid. Make sure to set to “SEAL” and either do “manual mode” at 5 minutes OR soup mode at 5 minutes. Either works!

Once you release the pressure, remove the lid and set to sauté mode again. Add in kale and cover with lid. Let the kale cook down for about 2-3 minutes. Remove the lid and add in heavy cream (you can substitute half and half or evaporated milk if needed). Continue to cook until everything is well mixed and combined. Taste and add more salt/pepper if needed!

I like to serve this soup with some French bread! If serving for supper, you can add a side salad and have a perfect meal!

This soup is so delicious and so easy to make in your instant pot! You don’t feel like poo after eating it and you finish feeling satisfied! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Happy homemaking and happy soup season!

Crockpot vs Instant Pot: What’s the Deal?

Definitely a question I have been asked before: what’s better? The crockpot or the instant pot? Let’s talk about pros, cons, and truths!

Me posing with my loves….

Okay, so the picture may be having you question some things about me. But to help clear up any confusion, I have posed with my crockpot and instant pot for one reason: THEY ARE MY LIFE.

To compare the two would be akin to comparing your children: you love them both equally, for different reasons! So this post is not so much why you should purchase or own a crock pot versus an instant pot, but really my argument as to why BOTH are necessary for the modern homemaking mama!

Crock pot

Let’s start with O’ Faithful, the crock pot. So surely you have one of these in your home (whether it gets used or not). They are often a staple for the bridal shower or home warming part because so many have seen the benefits of having one. They are pretty affordable, even for the budgeter, which makes it definitely a must have kitchen tool. If you don’t have one, I am holding my Pioneer Woman crock pot which I LOVE because they have so many different prints to choose from. But all crockpots are awesome and totally worth investing in.

But let’s talk about practicality. The crockpot opens soooo many doors for your home-cooking and is perfect for the busy stay-at-home mama or working mama. Whether you stay home or are working, finding the time to get dinner planned and cooked is always tough on these hectic days of doing every day tasks and taking care of your family. With the crock pot you can make so many delicious recipes, from overnight breakfast oats, slow-cooked pot roasts, and even decadent deserts! The crockpot is ideal for the working mama who can put the meal in during the morning rush and come home to a hot, finished meal!

Some of my favorite crock pot meals are classic pot roast, chili, vegetable soup, and French dip sandwiches! I don’t know what it is, but there is just something so satisfying about a crock pot meal; they are so warm and cozy, it just makes you feel at home and comforted!

So, all of this to say. Get a crockpot or start putting the one hiding in your cabinet in the box to use! They make your life so much easier.

Hamilton Beach 8-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker With Digital Timer, Dishwasher-Safe Crock & Lid, Silver (33480)

Instant pot

Here’s the thing. When I first heard of the instant pot, I rolled my eyes thinking, oh great another fad to spend money on that I will use once and then it will collect dust in the cabinet (like the air fryer for me). Everyone at my job was raving about it and honestly I was too timid to try it.

However, Pioneer Woman came out with an instant pot which peaked my curiosity (because I want to own everything she makes; I know I have a problem, pray for my husband). So I asked for one for Christmas and thus, my cooking truly life began.

After being afraid of using the instant pot (due to scary stories posted on social media) I finally took the step to try my first intant pot recipe! I tried an Instant Pot Cubed Steak recipe that was so quick and delicious it blew my mind and changed my life forever!

So the instant pot is pretty much a pressure cooking tool that also has soooo many different uses! There is actually a slow cooking mode on it that allows it to act like a crock pot if you need it to! But what would take the crock pot 8 hours to make, your instant pot can cook in 1 hour (yes you read that correctly).

It makes your meal taste as though it has been cooking all day, and yet some recipes take only around 10 minutes (like my gluten free tomato soup you can find in my recipes). Not only can it cook meals quickly, but you can make hard boiled eggs in 5 minutes, cook baked potatoes in 10 minutes, and even fully cook chicken and pork in 12 minutes!

I mean, it is definitely worth investing in (even though it can seem pricey to some). It made my life so much easier as a wife, mama, and full-time student when I was getting my master’s degree.

Get you an instant pot, I promise it is worth it!

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

crock pot vs. instant pot

My final statement is that there is no versus between the two there is only that the crock pot and the instant pot are necessary for the modern day homemaking mama.

I use my crockpot when I have a busy afternoon planned (because you still have kitchen prep with the instant pot) and I use my instant pot when I want a delicious meal cooked in such a little time (or I forgot to plan or start a dinner that takes too long to cook).

Stop letting busy days and no time lead you to fast food meals and spending way too much money on eating out (this was our life before), and start using tools that make your life easier and also makes your home feel a little more like home with delicious home-cooked meals and dinners around the table.

Let me know what you think, some of your favorite crock pot and instant pot meals, and most of all: Happy homemaking!