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Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!

June 16, 2017

Kid favorite tomato soup made with nourishing bone broth and fresh tomatoes in a fraction of the time!

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Wait, 92 degrees in June? {In Michigan?!}

I can’t even begin to describe how excited about this I am! I am a hardcore beach bum, and this weather totally suits my style!

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!It does not, however, jive with some of the cooking projects I had planned this month!

I wasn’t anticipating this weather when I picked up some fresh tomatoes destined for soup. It is just too hot to have that stovetop heating my house up. My kids were really looking forward to that soup, so I decided it was time to get the pressure cooking method  perfected on this family favorite soup recipe.

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!A family favorite staple soup

My original tomato soup recipe is a family favorite – one we have almost weekly all year round! During the summer I use as many tomatoes from our small family garden, along with a good bushel full from a local farmer, and stash it away for cooler months. I happened to see these greenhouse grown tomatoes at the farmer’s market this week, and just had to get started on my stash!

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!Same soup…WAY quicker cook time!

I’ll be honest, the first time I pressure cooked tomato soup, I wasn’t planning on it taking on the same slow cooked taste as my original. I was curious, however, and boy was I wrong. It literally tasted the exact same! The key is that buttery sauté in the first step before you pressure cook the rest!

And the quicker cook time {plus not heating up my house!} thanks to the Instant Pot has basically sold me on making all of my summer tomato soup this way.

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!Step 1 – Flavor Infusion

Turn the Instant Pot  to “Saute,” melt the friendly fat, and sauté the onion and carrot with a big pinch of sea salt for about 7 minutes until the veggies soften and sweeten. Add the garlic and tomato paste, combine and cook for 1 minute. Turn the Instant Pot to off (“cancel”).

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!Step 2 – Set It and Forget It!

Add the bone broth, tomatoes, and basil. Put the Instant Pot lid on, and make sure the vent is closed. Turn the Instant Pot to the “Soup” setting. Bring the time down to 10 minutes. The Instant Pot will take around 10 minutes to come to pressure before counting down the 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!Step 3 – Blend, Season, and EAT!

Once the 10 minutes of pressure cooking is complete, turn the Instant Pot off, release the valve, and take the lid off. Add the honey, and use an immersion blender to puree the soup. You can sea salt and pepper the soup to your taste once pureed. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can pour the soup into a high powered blender to puree)

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!School {Or Work!} Packing Tips

I mentioned above how nice this soup is to bulk up on, and use for school lunches. Here is how I make that work without being in the kitchen all the time.

  • Whenever I make the soup, we eat it for a meal, and there is usually enough to fill 1 quart of soup for the freezer. That way, every time I make it, I’m building my stash. You cannot double this recipe in the Instant Pot (although I think  you could in the newer 8 quart Instant Pots!), but you can double or triple in a stockpot if you wish to cook stovetop. That is typically how I do things at the end of the summer when I purchase a bushel of tomatoes from a local farmer, to get a bunch done in one shot. I may do both stovetop and Instant Pot this summer!
  • I freeze soup in these BPA free freezer containers. When my family was small, I froze in pint containers. At this point, I generally freeze in quart, though sometimes in half gallon. I like to thaw on the counter overnight, but in the fridge for a day is fine too. If I’m in a real pinch and forgot, just a sink full of hot water will thaw it out in a half hour 😉
  • We have had these fantastic soup thermoses since my oldest was in Kindergarten – going on their 4th year of use multiple times per week all school year long, and they still look AND keep food warm just like new. They are a great investment.
  • These stainless steel, shorter straws are fantastic for babies and toddlers to drink their soup. In fact my youngest 2 (age 3 and 6) still prefer to have soups like this with a straw. My 6 year old especially for school so it is easier to eat and doesn’t make a mess. My oldest is too cool for a straw anymore as I was promptly told not to pack one earlier this year 🙂
  • My husband takes soup to work in a Travel Crockpot – the base stays at work and he brings the liner home for me to fill up. That way, he can warm it up right at this desk.  We’ve had this for years – longer than the thermoses – and it still works like new!
  • Re-heat your soup stovetop so you keep all the bone broth benefits!

Instant Pot Tomato Soup Tutorial :: Picture Tutorial and Lunch Packing Tips Included!

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Instant Pot Tomato Soup
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Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp friendly fat to cook in such as butter, avocado oil, tallow, lard, or coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 quart bone broth
  • 5 large tomatoes, seeds scooped out (no need to chop finely – I just halve them)
  • ½ cup fresh basil (or a tbsp or 2 of dried basil)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Turn the Instant Pot to “Saute,” melt the friendly fat, and sauté the onion and carrot with a big pinch of sea salt for about 7 minutes until the veggies soften and sweeten.
  2. Add the garlic and tomato paste, combine and cook for 1 minute. Turn the Instant Pot to off (“cancel”).
  3. Add the bone broth, tomatoes, and basil. Put the Instant Pot lid on, and make sure the vent is closed. Turn the Instant Pot to the “Soup” setting. Bring the time down to 10 minutes. The Instant Pot will take around 10 minutes to come to pressure before counting down the 10 minutes.
  4. Once the 10 minutes of pressure cooking is complete, turn the Instant Pot off, release the valve, and take the lid off. Add the honey, and use an immersion blender to puree the soup. You can sea salt and pepper the soup to your taste once pureed. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can pour the soup into a high powered blender to puree)

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18 Comments

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish June 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I love those bowls so much! So perfect with that beautiful IP tomato soup!

  • Reply Amanda Torres // TheCuriousCoconut.com June 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I am so making this!! What an amazing summer recipe <3

  • Reply Michele Spring June 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I am definitely going to be making this this summer! I always make a huge batch or 5 of tomato soup to freeze for the winter and hate having to heat up my oven! This sounds like such a good idea.

  • Reply Kari Peters June 20, 2017 at 9:42 am

    What a great way to make soup during the heat of summer, and I love that it’s so fast!

  • Reply Jean June 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I’m always looking for new IP recipes and this one looks awesome! Love how velvety it looks.

  • Reply Irena Macri June 20, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Pressure cooking is going to save my life this summer! I love the blend of hot soup and summer veggies with this one. You know how to beat the heat and keep it delicious while doing so. Cannot wait to try this one. xx

  • Reply Tina June 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Love me a good tomato soup! This looks delish!

  • Reply ChihYu June 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    What a lovely and thoughtful post ! Thank you for this lovely recipe ! I’m a soup girl so it will be perfect !

  • Reply STACEY CRAWFORD June 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Such a great recipe and tutorial! Can’t wait to get an instant pot and try it. First I must clean out my kitchen cabinets to make room for more gadgets, lol.

  • Reply Julie D June 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    This is so delicious! It was a huge success with the entire family, including teens and younger children. Definitely making this again!

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 24, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Julie! Ah! That definitely is good news! Thanks for the feedback – so glad you have a family favorite!

  • Reply Jo Romero June 25, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Great recipe! I can’t eat tomatoes, but I can totally see my kids loving this. Tomato soup was always a real childhood comfort food for me 🙂

  • Reply Holley Marth June 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Tomato soup is my fave! And looks so easy in the IP!!

  • Reply Cristina Curp June 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    That looks so good and easy! One day, when I can eat tomatoes again, this is happening in my belly!

  • Reply Becky Winkler June 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    This looks so good! I need to try it with some of the tomatoes I’ve been getting in my CSA box!

  • Reply Katja June 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Now I know what to do with all the garden tomatoes this year!

  • Reply Darryl Edwards June 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Great photos and instructions, love the idea of tomato soup with bone broth!

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