Instant Pot Garden Vegetable Soup

This flexible “clean out the refrigerator” recipe can be adapted countless ways to include whatever fresh vegetables and herbs you happen to have on hand. Tip: Tougher herbs, such as rosemary and thyme, can be added prior to cooking, while more tender options, such as basil and parsley, should be stirred in when the arugula is added. (Discard the woody stems for the tougher herbs before serving).
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Natural Release10 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 5


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 large stalks celery chopped
  • 4 large carrots sliced
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth preferably organic
  • 1 lb. red potatoes quartered
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Parmesan cheese freshly shaved or grated


  • Add olive oil to Instant Pot® and select the “Sauté” function. Add garlic, celery, carrots, red onion, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  • Sauté, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and the vegetables start to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes. Add broth and stir to combine, scrapping any brown bits off the bottom of the pot in the process. Turn the unit off.
  • Add potatoes, bay leaves, and chopped tomatoes to the pot. Add lid and lock into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 3 minutes.
  • When cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove lid and discard the bay leaves. Stir in fresh arugula and lime juice, and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately topped with freshly shaved or grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

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