Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

by on August 31, 2016
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This soup is a delicious, one-pot meal made very easy by using an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker. Add your ingredients, set the time, and walk away. Come back to a delicious, healthy vegan soup! Jump to recipe and video.

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup: You can add your ingredients to the Instant Pot and walk away. Come back to a delicious, healthy vegan soup!

I know it’s been a while since my last recipe, but I’ve been keeping busy. I’ve spent the last few weeks helping my daughter pack for college, sitting on the board of directors of my church, helping to launch a new group for professional women in Mississippi, and adopting a dog. Now, I know that you are duly impressed by all of that, but what you really want to know about is the dog! And so…

Meet Herman!


I first saw and fell in love with Herman on Facebook. A friend reposted his photo after it had appeared on the Facebook page of CARA–Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (the same group my daughter E volunteered for in high school). Later that day, E and I tuned in to the local news to see Herman as the Pet of the Week, and we just knew he was meant to be part of our family. We rushed to the shelter, hoping to get there before all of the crowds of people who were sure to want Herman, and we did. Herman turned out to be a sweet, joyful older dog who gets along great with cats (by “great” I mean he totally ignores them).

We were able to bring Herman home with us that day, but not before being told a few depressing truths. Herman has heartworms, and the treatment for them is not easy. He’ll have to be kept quiet for weeks–no activity that could get his heart rate up or cause him to pant. Right now, he’s having some other health issues that we’re trying to get under control before we put him through the heartworm treatment.

Herman has had a bit of a hard life. He was obviously someone’s pampered pet, but he was found close to death after having been attacked by a larger animal. The vet didn’t think he would survive, but to meet Herman is to love him, so CARA insisted on paying for his surgery and treatment. They nursed him back to health and sent him home with an adoptive family–who brought him back a few months later! We don’t know why (he is seriously the easiest dog to care for) but we’re glad because it gave us the opportunity to make him part of our family. He especially loves his sister E.

I have a lot more info and many photos of Herman on my personal Facebook page. His photo album is open to the public, so if you like Herman, you can see more of him here.

Now, about that Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Last month, Amazon had a sale on Instant Pots, and a lot of my readers purchased one through my affiliate link (THANK YOU!) I heard from a few that they were intimidated to use the IP for the first time, and they suggested I write a tutorial or do a video. Well, it’s taken me a while to get it done, but I’ve finally made a video of one of the easiest meals I make in the Instant Pot. I say “meal” because this soup has it all–vegetables, beans, and grain–and is a perfect one-pot meal. It’s a version of my Dirty Little Secret Soup, but using the Instant Pot means I can dump in all the ingredients and walk away until it beeps. Here’s what I mean:

From start to finish, it takes about an hour (less time if you use thawed vegetables), but the beauty of the Instant Pot is that you don’t have to stand over the stove, stirring and adjusting the heat. If you don’t have an IP, you can still make this soup with a little extra water, but I recommend following the Dirty Little Secret Soup recipe.
Need more Instant Pot recipes? I have over 50 of them here!

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
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You can use any blend of vegetables you like, including fresh vegetables. I just like the ease and convenience of frozen.
Serves: 6
  • 12 ounces frozen California vegetables
  • 12 ounces frozen Italian vegetables
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (fire roasted preferred)
  • 1 15-ounce can cannelloni beans or other white beans (undrained)
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, kidney beans, or your favorite beans (undrained)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups boiling water
  1. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker. Stir. Secure the lid and set the vent knob to Pressure. Choose Manual or High Pressure and set the time to 2 minutes (use the minus button on the IP).
  2. The Instant Pot will turn on and pressure will begin to build (this can take a while, from 15-30 minutes, depending on the temperature of your ingredients). When high pressure is reached, the counter will change to 2 and begin counting down. When it beeps, use the Cancel or Off button to turn off the cooker.
  3. Very carefully, turn the vent knob to Steam (or use whatever quick steam release your cooker provides). To be extra careful, you can use a long-handled spoon to turn the knob so that you don't risk being burned by the steam. When the steam has all been released, the Instant Pot will unlock so that you can remove the lid, carefully angling it so that you don't get steamed.
  4. Stir the soup. If you'd like it to be thinner, you can add water or vegetable broth. Check the flavor and add more seasoning as necessary.
I used the liquid from the canned beans because I find it results in a richer broth, but if you prefer to use water or vegetable broth, drain the beans, measure the liquid, and replace it with water or broth.

The slowest part of Instant Pot cooking is waiting for the pot to reach high pressure. Thawing the vegetables beforehand or using fresh rather than frozen will shorten the cooking time.

Finally, it's easy to make this soup on the stove, but you should start with 4 cups of water and add more as necessary because more water evaporates in stove-top cooking.

This makes 6 average sized servings (about a cup and a half) or 4 meal-sized servings (about 2 1/2 cups each).
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 201 Fat: 1.1g Carbohydrates: 37g Sugar: 7g Sodium: 693mg Fiber: 11g Protein: 11g



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1 Kristin August 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm

My cat would agree that, “totally ignores cats” is the perfect dog. 🙂

Love the idea of using the bean liquid for more flavor! I’m also lazy, so less steps and less colanders to clean is always a plus for me. My poor Instant Pot hasn’t had a break since I got it. I have the Fagor, too, but I just didn’t use it like I have the IP. I wasn’t sure I’d like the stainless vs. the non-stick, but I LOVE it. Will be doing this recipe in the very near future!


2 Melissa August 31, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Oh how I love opening my inbox to a simple, healthy recipe I happen to have all ingredients for and that I can make tonight since DH isn’t too keen on the golden zucchini noodles with tofu and red peppers I planned on (although made with curry, he would probably go for it. He’s not a big fan of tofu). Thank you Susan.

Congrats on Herman. What a story! So happy for him and your family. I love to send you a picture of our dog, Skippy. He is the ebony twin of your Herman.



3 Pamela August 31, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for this, Susan. I’ve been making your Dirty Little Secret Soup in my IP for some time, but having the specific timing here is very helpful. Like the Instant Pot, this recipe is a lifesaver — fast, easy, delicious, and good for you.


4 Lori August 31, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Susan-Thanks for another great looking recipe. And, I’m so glad Herman got a wonderful home with you! Our dog, Piggy, had heartworms when we found her, & she also had to be kept very still for a very long time. But, the treatment worked, & she had 15 wonderful years! I hope Herman does just as well & I’m glad you adopted him!


5 Maria August 31, 2016 at 6:11 pm

HI Susan–Soup looks delicious! And thanks for the video–first time I ever got a really clear idea of how to use one of these contraptions. 🙂 Maybe someday I’ll splurge on one. 🙂 So happy you and Herman have found each other–I know he is in the right family now. xoxo


6 Cindy M Jothen August 31, 2016 at 6:21 pm

If I wanted to use fresh veggies, how many minutes would it take using the IP.
Ps….your dog is SOOO cute and he is lucky you found him. Good luck!


7 Susan Voisin August 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm

Thanks! Unless you’re using potatoes or other longer-cooking vegetables, 2 minutes should work. It will take less time to come to pressure (a good thing).


8 Amber September 1, 2016 at 3:33 am

Herman is such a cutie! But what a sad story 🙁 was he not microchipped or something so he could be returned to his original family or did they not want him anymore? I can’t believe they’d adopt him and bring him back, but I suppose it’s better than not giving him a good life, at least now you can! I hope he gets better soon. Give him love from me 😛

The pot veg soup looks delicious, I haven’t made something like this in aaaages. I’ll probs make more like this coming into autumn now 🙂 thank you for sharing your recipe!


9 Susan Voisin September 1, 2016 at 8:52 am

When we took him to the vet we found that he actually IS microchipped. The vet had it traced and it was part of a batch sold to a clinic that is no longer in business. But it was never individually registered, so there’s no way to track the owner. I immediately went online to register it myself.

As to the previous adopters, they said that someone who was allergic to dogs was coming to live with them, but they failed to give Herman his heartworm treatment or rabies shot, so I think it’s just as well that they brought him back. But I hate to think of all the emotional adjustment he’s had to do. Right now, he’s missing my daughter who’s off at college, and he had only had a month to get attached to her. 😢


10 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today September 1, 2016 at 5:56 am

Herman is so cute and soup sounds delicious.


11 Michael September 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm


This recipe sounds lovely! I have thoroughly enjoyed your website for years and this is my first comment. Your crustless tofu quiche and carrot dogs are permanent recipes in my rotation. I love it! You also introduced me to the wonder that is making veggie soup with frozen veggies. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Also, welcome Herman! He’s so cute!

I was wondering if this recipe would work in a crock pot. Maybe not, but I thought I’d ask. Thanks again! Cheers! 🙂


12 Denise September 1, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Adorable dog! Congratulations on the new family member. Herman looks so happy in the photo. 🙂 I hope his heartworm treatment goes well.

One clarification on the recipe (which is probably self evident to most readers but just checking… ): with the basil and oregano is that fresh or dried?

I was assuming fresh herbs given the amounts involved but then wasn’t sure which you meant and wanted to double check. As with many (most?) of your followers I tend to improvise off of your basic recipes to adjust for family preferences but like to try it as written the first time through. Thanks as always for sharing your yummy and healthy recipes.


13 Susan Voisin September 1, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Oops, I should have specified dried herbs (pressure cooking mutes the flavor, so I tend to use more.) Thanks for asking!


14 Teri Seymour September 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

I have a pressure cooker, will that work, and how long do I cook it? Thanks. Love your pup, God bless you for your loving kindness.


15 Susan Voisin September 3, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Yes, just cook it for two minutes after it reaches high pressure and then do a quick pressure release.


16 Claudia September 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

I’m confused about this recipe because it uses canned beans. For me the whole point of pressure cooking is that you can quickly cook dried beans in the pressure cooker, which are so much more delicious than canned. I’ve been using a stove-top pressure cooker for many years, and eventually bought an instant pot too, but it isn’t getting any use, because I just don’t know what to do with it. I just don’t get the concept of using convenience foods in a pressure cooker, so I’m just not understanding the point of an electric pressure cooker I guess. I’d like to get some use out of the instant pot, but I just don’t know what to do with it, and am not interested in using canned beans. Help me understand this! Thanks!~


17 Susan Voisin September 3, 2016 at 11:16 pm

You can use an Instant Pot just like you would your stove-top pressure cooker for dried beans, there’s no difference. The reason I use canned beans in this recipe is because the vegetables cook fast, and to cook them at the same time as the beans, the beans have to already be cooked. I could first cook dried beans and then add the vegetables, but I was looking for a quicker, easier recipe to demonstrate the instant pot.


18 Claudia September 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

Okay, that makes sense. I appreciate the explanation. I’m not interested in using canned beans, so I don’t see myself using the Instant Pot that way. But, I really need to learn how to use it, because it is just collecting dust. I would love to see a demonstration of a one pot recipe in the instant pot to get me started. I do cook beans separately all the time in my stovetop pressure cooker, but have no experience doing it in the instant pot, and ideally I do prefer recipes that can be done in one step, rather than cooking the beans separately. In ‘Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure’ by Lorna Sass, there are many one pot pressure cooker recipes, and a lot of them include beans, but I really wouldn’t know how to do any of them in my instant pot. I only tried using the instant pot once, a long time ago, and I had some difficulty with it. I can’t remember what I tried to make, or what the problem was, but I did not find it to be idiot-proof, and since I like to learn by example, it would be really helpful to have an example I could follow that didn’t involve putting convenience items into the instant pot, which is something I would never, ever do with my stove-top pressure cooker. Right now, any examples would be very timely for me, because I’m having some issues with my stove-top pressure cooker, and will probably need to replace some parts. Actually, I originally bought the instant pot during a time when my stove-top pressure cooker was out of commission, but then once I got the issue resolved, and never really learned to use the instant pot, I went right back to exclusively using the stove-top pressure cooker.


19 TRACY HARP October 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Try Jill’s video’s on You tube. She does a lot with the IP and perhaps you will find the videos helpful as you learn to use your IP more. I have had mine a year and primarily use it to batch cook potatoes, beans and rice but just started to make soy yogurt and learned to sterilize my jars with the steam feature. There are so many ways to use the IP, so I keep learning too. Good luck


20 Kat October 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Claudia– I use my electric pressure cooker exactly the same way as I did my stovetop pressure cooker(s). I use it a lot more than I did stovetop because I can walk away, but my overall cooking methods are about the same.

I’ve found that most recipes are the same but add a little extra time for electric pressure cookers since they cook at slightly lower pressure on high than a stovetop model. For myself, I usually take my favorite stovetop recipes and add 10% time, which is typically a couple minutes.

I would recommend watching Laura Pazzaglia’s tutorials on the Instant Pot to feel more comfortable with how it works. I’m a very visual person so even though I find my fave recipes here and a few other sites, I refer to Laura’s hippressurecooking site often for the basic instructions or time charts.

As for this recipe, I often cook up a big batch of beans or grains to use the whole week– then use them in recipes like this 🙂 I made it with fresh veggies and previously cooked, refrigerated beans and it was spectacular! I think you’ll love it 🙂


21 Teresa September 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

Hi Susan! Thank you for this fast and easy recipe – I plan on trying it today.
However, I plan to double it – have you every done so and do you have any cautions or recommendations for doing so?
I love your site and all the delicious and easy recipes you share with us.
Thank you so much


22 Susan Voisin September 4, 2016 at 8:33 am

Thanks, Teresa! For doubling, be sure to check the limits of your pressure cooker. This may be too much for the instant pot, which you shouldn’t fill more than about 2/3 full. I doubt it would fit doubled, though you might be able to get away with making 1 1/2 times as much. The timing at high pressure should be the same no matter the amount, but if you want to speed up the process, defrost the veggies first.


23 Watson September 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

Yummy goodness, i just came across this and i would like to add this to my Easy vegan recipes you can prepare right away post


24 Nannette September 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Ha! This is too perfect! I had just decided to make vegetable soup -opened my inbox, and there’s a wonderful recipe thank you, thank you, thank you!


25 Lynbe September 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Warning about the Instant Pot, customer service is nonexistent and many complaints that some only last a few months, die and forget about finding someone to help, they neither answer the phone or emails


26 Susan Voisin September 6, 2016 at 2:57 pm

I have had the exact opposite experience. When I first got my IP, the steam release knob was faulty. I took a video of it spurting water out the top, emailed customer service, and sent them the video. They put a new knob in the mail for me that day. Another friend had a problem, and they sent a whole new pot, never even asking for the old one to be returned.

I have some quibbles with the way the IP works, but I’ve had good luck with their customer service.


27 M D October 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm

What are your quibbles?


28 Julie September 6, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Oh I love Herman! Congratulations and thank you for giving him a good home. 🙂 I can’t wait to make this recipe!


29 Paulette September 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

Hi Susan, we are a fan of your ‘Dirty Little Secret soup’; we like it with potatoes and barley. How would I do this recipe with potatoes? I’m new to the Instant Pot. Thanks.


30 Susan Voisin September 7, 2016 at 10:53 am

If you cut the potatoes small, you should be able to add them to the recipe without changing the time. If you’re adding them in addition to the quinoa and other ingredients, it might be best to use a little extra water, maybe 1/2 cup for every cup of diced potatoes.


31 Paulette September 7, 2016 at 11:52 am

Thank you!


32 Cindy September 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Thank you Susan!!! So very glad to hear from you as I miss your emails and recipes. I make your dirty little secret soup once or twice a week and it is different every time. I hand out that recipe to everyone I know. Our favorite. Now to learn to use my instant pot I bought before from your advice. So glad all is well in your life and Herman is adorable. Your recipes and Mary McDougals are my favorites- reliably good and easy. Thank you so very much for all your hard work and generosity for us all to enjoy a better life!! You are appreciated!!!


33 E September 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Let it be noted that I was the one that dragged you out to CARA to adopt Herman and he loves me more!


34 Margie September 11, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Well, that was surprisingly flavorful for such a simple recipe. Only addition was stirring in nutritional yeast at the table. 2 thumbs up!


35 ido September 12, 2016 at 10:05 pm

This was DELICIOUS!!! I did not have the specific types of veggies/beans so I used a 32 oz bag of generic grocery store frozen vegetables and 2 cans of beans (pinto + kidney) and it was gobbled up quickly 🙂 Thank you!


36 Norman Mckay September 20, 2016 at 7:08 am

I’ve been trying to get my family to go vegan. Making small progress. There are actual vegetables in their diet now. I’ll take my victories where I can find them.


37 Kristi September 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

This soup is awesome! Looking forward to a bowl of it each day this week!


38 Carolyn September 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Hi Susan! This recipe looks great, and I am always looking for new instant pot recipes. How necessary is the hot sauce? I have a daughter who hates anything spicy (even though all the rest of us love it!) but I don’t want to sacrifice flavor. Should I substitute anything else in its place?


39 Susan Voisin September 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

I would just leave it out. You can add more of the other seasonings if you want and also those who like spicy food can add hot sauce at the table.


40 Stacy October 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

I expected this recipe to be good but I was surprised that it was excellent! I needed something quick for dinner as I had to get going for a parent night at my children’s school. I threw all the ingredients right into my regular Dutch oven and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much for the recipe!


41 Susan October 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm

I was wondering which size serving your nutritional information refers to, the 1.5 cups or 2.5 cups?


42 Susan Voisin October 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm

It refers to 6 servings of about a cup and a half each. The exact size of the serving will depend on how much water cooks off.


43 Natalie October 15, 2016 at 4:56 am

Thank you for a great recipe. I love my Instant Pot, especially for beans and other veggie dishes. One of my favourite ones is Ratatouille Do come and visit. I hope you like it :-).


44 Chris Dotson October 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

I would LOVE to get more Instant Pot recipes from you. Your Vegetable Soup recipe is DELICIOUS and I have already made it 3 times. Chris Dotson


45 Susan Voisin October 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Chris, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Be sure to check out the rest of my pressure cooker recipes: They all can be made in the Instant Pot.


46 Alwin October 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

I came here to check out your recipe only to be distracted by your dog. Soooo cute!


47 Susan Voisin October 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Thank you! 😀


48 Ellen October 25, 2016 at 5:39 pm

What kind of hot sauce do you recommend? I have Cholula and Tabasco. I don’t know a lot about them except that some are much harder than others so I’m not real sure about putting a tablespoon of either in there. TIA


49 Susan Voisin October 25, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Use the Cholula. I find it to have a much smoother flavor than Tabasco.


50 sri October 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Hi Susan, my name is Sri, i have been following your recipes and i really like the way you make the Indian dishes oil free, and i love the Pressure cooker/instant pot recipes, i have tried quite a few of them and they became a staple in our weekly lunch and dinners.
Just wanted to say thank you for sharing them with us.
Take care and enjoy having Herman, hope he gets better soon.


51 Susan Voisin October 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Thanks so much for your kind words, Sri! I’m so glad you like the recipes. And I’m happy to report that Herman is doing great!


52 Scott November 8, 2016 at 5:53 am

Thank you for this recipe Susan, I was looking for a soup recipe for yesterday’s dinner and I saw this and tried it, It was really perfect and my family loved it so much. I will definitely do this again.


53 Lauren F November 30, 2016 at 12:16 am

I just got my Instant Pot today and this was my first time cooking with it. The recipe was easy to follow even for a total beginner, and the soup came out amazing! Thanks for this awesome recipe! It was a big hit and the perfect meal for a cold, stormy evening. I will definitely make it again!


54 Annie November 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm

I’m excited to try this recipe. Can I substitute bulgar wheat for the quinoa? I’m not a big fan of quinoa.


55 Susan Voisin November 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Yes! Bulgar is a great substitute.


56 DBenny December 6, 2016 at 8:19 am

This soup looks great! I have a bunch of kale I need to use. Would you recommend adding it after the 2 minutes, maybe cooking at pressure for an additional 1 minute or so? Thank you for all of these recipes!


57 Susan Voisin December 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

I would add it after the two minutes but just cover the pot and don’t bring back to pressure. There’s still so much heat after pressure cooking that the kale should be cooked in a few minutes. If it needs more, you could always turn on the keep warm setting.


58 Ashley December 27, 2016 at 2:05 am

Hi! Can’t wait to try out my new electric pressure cooker with this recipe. Looks like a great way to ease into it. Could I use uncooked brown rice instead of quinoa with the same cooking time? Thanks!


59 Susan Voisin December 27, 2016 at 8:17 am

If you want to use brown rice, you’ll need to cook it first. Quinoa only takes a couple of minutes to cook in the pressure cooker, but brown rice takes about 25. Your vegetables would be mush before the rice got cooked.


60 Ankit Kumar December 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Awesome ..looking yummy.. i will definitely try this .. thanku for sharing this recipe with us.


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