InstantPot Beef Minestrone Soup

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InstantPot Beef Minestrone Soup

Regular readers will know I am rather fond of a bowl of soup and like many of my soup recipes this beef minestrone soup is one I cook in bulk for myself and my wife to munch on for lunch through out the week. It will last 4-5 days if refrigerated, although it rarely lasts that long. It was great fun working on this recipe in my new InstantPot and the flavour and texture pressure cooking gives to the beef chuck is incredible. For me cooking the vegetables and meat for the same amount of time just does not work I like my vegetables to have a little more texture than they turn out with than they do if you cook along with the meat. So now this is not a one put dump dish but it is probably not just the best Beef Minestrone Soup I have made but one of the best soups I have ever made the flavours and textures are really incredible.

It is typically this time of year where we start looking at the weather forecast with a sense of trepidation, winter in this part of Hungary typically starts to bite around the middle of January and runs until the end of February… The last two years have been incredibly mild and looking at the medium term weather forecast I am not seeing anything that causes me any worry, although we will often have periods of time where daytime temperatures do not exceed -10°C for weeks on end with night time temperatures down at around -30°C (-22F for you Americans). So this beef minestrone soup is my preparation for that and if the temps don’t get all the way down there I guess I will just have to take one for the team and eat it any way… Shame 😉

InstantPot Beef Minestrone Soup

 

InstantPot Beef Minestrone Soup

This InstantPot Beef Minestrone soup is a perfect batch cooked lunch to take you through the long cold winters, hearty and full of incredible flavour.

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Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 250 g Beef Chuck. Cut into 1cm dice.
  • 100 g Smoked Streaky Bacon. Cut into 1cm Dice.
  • 150 g Celery. Cut into 5-7mm dice.
  • 200 g Onion. Cut into 3-5mm Dice.
  • 6 Garlic Cloves. Finely Diced.
  • 1 L Beef Stock.
  • 3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar.
  • 2 Bay Leaves.
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano.
  • 150 g Parsnip. Cut into 5-7mm dice.
  • 150 g Carrot. Cut into 5-7mm dice.
  • 150 g Celeriac. Cut into 5-7mm dice.
  • Salt and Pepper. To taste.
  • 75 g Small Soup Pasta.

Instructions

  1. Set your InstantPot to saute and when hot add in the diced bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Now add in the beef and saute until caramalised, another 3-4 minutes, now remove the bacon and beef from the pan and add in the onions and celery and cook saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 60 seconds before adding back in the meat and then the balsamic vinegar and reducing until the pan is almost dry.
  4. Turn off the saute function, add in the beef stock, bay leaves, oregano and tomato paste and have a taste adding salt and pepper as required.
  5. Place on the lid and cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes.
  6. The quick release the lid and add in the diced parsnip, carrot and celeriac and again replace the lid and cook on manual under high pressure for 4 minutes, now is also a good time to check that seasoning again adding salt and pepper as required.
  7. Quick release the soup and then then turn your instant pot to saute mode again and add in the pasta and cook until your pasta is cooked which should take around 6-8 minutes depending on your pasta.

Recipe Notes

You can replace the root veg in this recipe with your favourites or what is good and seasonal in your location.

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InstantPot Beef Minestrone Soup
This InstantPot Beef Minestrone soup is a perfect batch cooked lunch to take you through the long cold winters, hearty and full of incredible flavour.

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16 Comments

  1. Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated January 13, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I live on a little sub-tropical island off the coast of northern Africa. So even in the middle of winter, temperatures rarely dip below 18C – I can’t imagine what -30C must be like! Although it doesn’t get quite as chilly where I am, I still love cuddling up with hearty soups like this one. Delish 🙂

    • Brian Jones January 16, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Cold and heat are relative things I find, when I lived in the UK I reckoned the human body would curl up and die at -30, to be honest it is cold but your body gets conditioned to cope 😉 Soup always helps 😉

  2. Dannii January 13, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Now that looks super comforting. It’s so cold today, so something like this would go down very well for lunch.

    • Brian Jones January 16, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Still cold here too and I made another batch this weekend for lunches for the next few days 😀

  3. Sarah January 13, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I don’t believe it gets as cold over here in the Northeast region of the US as it does in Hungary….but…it still gets cold! Really cold! And this soup looks like the perfect way to stay warm! {Especially loving that you’re using the Instant Pot….favorite kitchen staple right now!}

    • Brian Jones January 16, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Soup is always a good way to keep warm… I’m not much one for kitchen gadgets, on fact my tiny kitchen is relatively sparse for them, but I am loving the IP and pressure cooking in particular at the moment.

  4. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes January 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I don’t have an instant pot, but I love reading about it, and your method for getting all the ingredients to have the right texture. Woah, about the cold temps in the winter. Yowza! Where I am in the North East of the US, we get cold temps but negative 22 F is extreme! It happens, but not often. We’re having a thaw right now, and next week it should be in the 40s (F) here.

    • Brian Jones January 16, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

      Thanks Katie… I personally think it is the little details that often really make or break a dish and having some texture in vegetables in soups and stews I think is important so that’s my rationale 🙂

  5. Tara January 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Such a great use of the instant pot! We had our first snow last week and this soup would have been perfect to help warm up after playing outside. Love the addition of all the vegetables!

  6. Richa January 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    That’s really cold! We are seeing temperatures in the range of 15C here in India and I’m already cold so I can’t even imagine how cold it must be there. I don’t own an instant pot but I’ve been hearing such good things! This soup looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it out.

    • Brian Jones January 16, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Thanks Richa, I tend to use the IP as a glorified pressure cooker to be honest and this recipe is easily translated to using a trad IP, I would maybe cut the times a little to compensate for the higher pressures you achieve in a stove top pressure cooker but apart from that it is good to go 🙂

  7. Tina January 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I just bought an electric pressure cooker and have been looking for recipes to try. Perfect!

    • Brian Jones January 17, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

      There are loads of them out there, I am planning a new recipe once a week until the seasons change and then I will re-visit so lots of time spent in the kitchen experimenting and I love it 😀

  8. Rosemary January 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Oh my god we are freezing here in Italy and how I would love a bowl of your soup! You are making me want to get an Instant Pot now.

    • Brian Jones January 17, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

      I know how you feel, it is brass monkeys here in Hungary too, days where we see positive temperatures are rare and positively tropical at the moment!

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