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10 Instant Pot Soups & Stews to Make Today

The Instant Pot pressure cooker took the world by storm just a few years ago, and now it’s become a must-have kitchen gadget that can do just about anything. If you haven’t yet discovered the convenience of an Instant Pot – and the incredible variety of Instant Pot recipes to choose from – there’s no time like the present. 

Since this user-friendly pressure cooker can be put to work to make a wide range of recipes, it truly shines when it comes to homemade soups and stews. Perfect for the chilly autumn weather and doable for even an inexperienced cook, here are our top 10 recipes for Instant Pot soups and stews to try this fall.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Of course, we had to start the list with a classic. Everyone should have a good chicken noodle soup recipe in their collection, and this one uses the Instant Pot to make cooking a breeze.   

2. Instant Pot Brunswick Stew

This Southern-style stew features hearty beef, an assortment of vegetables, and a rich tomato broth. When the fall weather has you craving something warm and filling, this one is a winner.

3. Broccoli Cheese Soup

With minimal prep and just a few pushes of a button, you can whip up a creamy broccoli cheese soup that will make eating your veggies an absolute delight.

4. Chicken Tortilla Soup

A Southwestern favorite, chicken tortilla soup is a fun way to add new flavor to your usual lineup of soups. Topped with crispy tortilla chips, cheese, and a dollop of sour cream, this Instant Pot version can’t be beat.

5. Potato Soup

Potato soup with cheese and bacon is one of our favorite fall indulgences, but the traditional recipes usually require a significant amount of time and effort. But with the Instant Pot, you’ll be ladling up a bowl of deliciousness in less than an hour.

6. Keto Chili

Whether you stick to the low-carb keto lifestyle or simply appreciate a great chili recipe, this Instant Pot version is packed with plenty of meat and flavor alike.

7. Winter Vegetable Soup

This vegetable soup recipe will carry you through fall and winter with a nourishing, hearty meal that’s simple and stress-free. The lentils will keep your appetite in check for hours, while the rainbow of veggies will balance out fall’s sweet treats.

8. Split Pea Soup

Split pea is sometimes considered one of the more divisive soups, splitting people into two camps: love it or hate it. But whichever one you fall in, we highly recommend trying this Instant Pot split pea soup recipe this autumn.

9. Lasagna Soup

Lasagna is a classic comfort food, but it’s not exactly an easy weeknight dinner to whip up. But this Instant Pot lasagna soup captures all the Italian flavor and cuts the effort considerably. 

10. Beef Pho

Traditional pho can take an entire day to make, with hours devoted to the broth alone. But this recipe puts an Instant Pot spin on the Vietnamese favorite, taking around three hours – and most of that time is “hands-off,” so you can leave the work to your pressure cooker. 

Tips for Making Soup in Your Instant Pot

Now that you’re armed with a variety of stew and soup recipes for the Instant Pot, you’re ready to cozy up with a delicious and easy meal. And if you’re thinking about creating a few recipes of your own, using the Instant Pot makes homemade soup and stew simpler than ever – even a cooking beginner can master this user-friendly kitchen tool.

Here are a few handy tips for how to make soup in the Instant Pot that turns out fabulously well, just in time for fall:

  1. Make sure you don’t overcook your ingredients. For many new Instant Pot users, it’s a surprise to learn just how fast of a process pressure cooking can be. As a result, overcooking is one of the most common Instant Pot mistakes, especially when it comes to vegetables, beans, and pasta. It is a good idea to add canned beans, frozen vegetables, and even pasta after the pressure-cooking process, allowing just enough time for these ingredients to cook to perfection without becoming overdone.

  2. Upgrade your soups with homemade bone broth. Homemade broth usually takes hours to make, but the Instant Pot cuts down the time considerably. Making homemade chicken, beef, vegetable, or even ham stock in the pressure cooker gives your soups a flavor-packed punch (as well as a boost of nutrients). 

  3. Hold off on adding thickening agents until pressure cooking is complete. Ingredients such as cornstarch and flour are commonly used as thickeners in soup and stew recipes. But when you’re using the Instant Pot for cooking your soup, don’t add the thickening agent until after pressure-cooking is complete. At that point, select the “Sauté” function to provide a steady source of heat, then add in the thickener as needed.

  4. Keep the dense ingredients from sitting on the bottom for too long. Large, dense ingredients such as potatoes or whole chicken breasts can lead to burning if they are stuck on the bottom of the Instant Pot for too long. Avoid the burn notification by properly arranging your ingredients or using the Instant Pot trivet to elevate dense ingredients. 

  5. Sauté onion and garlic before pressure cooking. Plenty of soup recipes contain onion and garlic as staple ingredients, and the Instant Pot “Sauté” function makes it easy to maximize their flavor without even using an extra pan. 

  6. Use natural pressure release to avoid splatters. If your Instant Pot is filled more than halfway with soup, using quick-release can put you at risk of hot soup spitting out of the pressure release valve. Not only can this burn you, but it also makes a giant mess! Instead, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for optimal results.     

  7. If there’s dairy in your soup recipe, add it after pressure cooking. Many cream soups, chilis, and even stews include dairy as a primary ingredient. Cream cheese can be added before pressure cooking, but milk and cream should usually be mixed in after to avoid curdling.

Get All the Ingredients for the Best Fall Soups in the Instant Pot at Gelson’s


Come fall, there’s nothing quite as delightfully comforting and deliciously warming as a big bowl of homemade soup or stew – but that doesn’t mean you have to stand over a hot stove for hours! Thanks to the innovative Instant Pot, you can enjoy all the slow-cooked flavor of classic stews and soups with less time and effort than ever before. 

But before you can start wowing your friends and family with a parade of homemade stews and soups, you’ll need to have the right ingredients on hand. Gelson’s Supermarkets carries a wide selection of premium-quality meats and seafood, fresh produce, pantry basics and spices, and more. Here, you can get everything on your shopping list in one easy, fuss-free trip, giving you more time to enjoy the comforts of home.

Come to your local Gelson’s to shop for everything you need to warm up your heart and home (and your stomach!) this fall.


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