Mom and Dad granted my wish and gifted me with an Instant Pot, plus a fabulous Instant Pot Cookbook by Jennifer Smith. It is listed as a #1 Best Seller on Amazon and there is an excellent reason why. It truly is packed full of great recipes for the Instant Pot, as well as tips and Instant Pot use instructions. I was extremely grateful for the use instructions! The instructions that came with the cooker were not as clear as Jennifer Smith's instructions in her published cookbook.
One great recipe in my new cookbook is the Minestrone Soup recipe. One of my all time favorite soups is minestrone soup, but before I had my Instant Pot, I had never made it at home. It was always a specialty that I treated myself to when we dined at our favorite Italian restaurant. However, I no longer have to dine out to have excellent minestrone soup!
Minestrone Soup Recipe from the Instant Pot Cookbook
I made few changes to Jennifer Smith's minestrone soup recipe, but they were simple changes. I add more carrots and less onion. Plus, I leave out the garlic completely. I've never been a fan of garlic and find that I prefer this soup without it.
by Jennifer Smith
I am sharing my version of the Minestrone Soup recipe for the Instant Pot, but you can certainly have Jennifer Smith's original version if you wish to purchase the cookbook. It really is worth buying. There are several other great recipes in it that I have already tried and love. Without it, I might have ended up returning my Instant Pot. The recipes and instructions that came with it were confusing and unappetizing.
Minestrone Soup Instant Pot Recipe
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 of a White Onion
- 2 Celery Stalks, diced
- 2 large Carrots, diced
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Spinach, chopped
- 1 Cup Elbow Pasta or Bow Tie Pasta (bow tie shown, but either is delicious)
- 4 Cups Vegetable Broth (I use Simple Truth Organic)
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 15 oz can White Beans (I use Great Northern Beans)
- Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting Saute. Add & heat the oil
- Add the onion, celery & carrots. Saute for 5-6 minutes in the heated oil, stirring constantly
- Stir in basil, oregano, salt & pepper
- Stir in diced tomatoes, chopped spinach, pasta, broth & bay leaf
- Press the Cancel button to stop the Saute function
- Close and lock the lid. Select Pressurecook button and cook on high for 6 minutes (note: it takes a few minutes to heat to cooking temperate. The cooker timer will not start counting down until it reaches the high temperature.)
- When the timer beeps, let the soup sit for 2 minutes, then use the quick release valve on the lid to completely release the very hot steam. Carefully unlock and left the lid.
- Add the White Beans and stir
- Remove the Bay Leaf that was used for seasoning. They are not very tasty to eat.
Now, it is ready to serve!
Instant Pot Use Tips
Based on My Personal Experience
The Instant Pot has a few things that are totally different than any other cooker that I have ever used.
First to note is the steam release valve on the top. There is a lot of hot steam and pressure that builds up inside the pot and that hot steam must be released before you unlock the lid. The Instant Pot makes that easy with the release value on the lid, but you need to stand back away from the steam. I also recommend pulling it out and away from the underside of your top kitchen cabinets. It will cause a moisture buildup on your cabinets if you allow the steam to release under the cabinet. The steam release takes at least 30 seconds to fully disperse. There is a secondary pop-up valve indicator on the lid that lets you know when it is safe to open the lid.
Second to note is the timer and recipe cook time. The recipes tell you the cook time, but that time does not include the heating time. The Instant Pot temperature must reach the cooking point before the timer will start counting down. That takes several additional minutes for my Instant Pot.
Third to note is the difference in the recipes cooking selection buttons versus how my Instant Pot buttons are labeled. For instance, this recipe states to "select Manual", but my Instant Pot button is labeled "Pressurecook". I am guessing that is based on the age or model of your Instant Pot. You will need to familiarize yourself with your Instant Pot buttons before you start cooking with these recipes.
Selecting and Setting the Timer is a little confusing at first. It is like a digital alarm clock or automobile clock. You turn the knob to make a selection on the display and then press the knob to change the timer numbers. Perhaps that is just me, but I thought mine was broken the first time I used it.
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