Instant Pot 8-Minute Minestrone

Are you a Minestrone soup fan?  It's dang hard to beat a good pot of this hearty Italian vegetable/pasta soup. 
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Need a nourishing Instant Pot vegetable soup recipe?  This is it! Made with all kinds of vegetables, plus pearled sorghum, this soup is soul-satisfying and hearty.  Made as a vegetarian soup in this recipe, you can easily add Italian sausage, mini meatballs or diced ham to this recipe, if desired. #soup #InstantPot #Minestrone #SpeedyMeal #PearledSorghum #Nu Life Market


Need a nourishing Instant Pot vegetable soup recipe?  This is it! Made with all kinds of vegetables, plus a healthy grain, pearled sorghum, this soup is soul-satisfying and hearty.

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Are you a Minestrone soup fan?  It’s dang hard to beat a good pot of this hearty Italian vegetable/pasta soup.  Surely you’ve seen it on the menu at Olive Garden, too, right? Well, now you can make it at home for just pennies on the dollar.  And, instead of pasta, I’ve incorporated a gluten-free grain that I love to use whenever I can, pearled sorghum.  (Learn more about the benefits of pearled sorghum and where you can purchase it further down in this post.)

So Why is This THE BEST Minestrone Soup???

  • It’s made in MERE MINUTES in your Instant Pot.
  • It’s super easy to make and calls for ingredients you’ll probably already have on hand.
  • This soup freezes well, so save some for later that you can just re-heat.
  • It’s way better than anything you’ll eat in a restaurant!Need a nourishing Instant Pot soup recipe?  This is it! Made with all kinds of vegetables, plus a healthy grain, pearled sorghum, this soup is soul-satisfying and hearty.

Are You Familiar with Pearled Sorghum?

If you are looking for ways to incorporate whole grains into your meals, sorghum is a naturally gluten free grain that can be popped like popcorn, ground into flour, used in soups and salads, or even brewed into beer.  The Whole Grains Council is an excellent resource for general information, how to find and prepare different grains, and the benefit that they can provide. Look for their stamp of approval on Nu Life Market sorghum products and find out more information at

What’s so Great About Cooking With Healthy Grains, Such as Pearled Sorghum?

  • It’s a super easy way to get added nutrition. Eating more whole grains is a good way to make your diet healthier. Whole grains are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.
  • By themselves, grains have little to no flavor. This means the grains are actually going to take on the flavors of the dish that you are adding them to! If it’s a Mexican-inspired recipe, the grains will grab those flavors, if Italian flavors (such as in this Minestrone Soup recipe) are prominent, the grains will take on those flavors and so on.


Printable 8-Minute Instant Pot Minestrone Soup Recipe

Instant Pot 8-Minute Minestrone

Need a nourishing Instant Pot vegetable soup recipe?  This 8-Minute Minestrone is made with all kinds of vegetables, plus a healthy grain, pearled sorghum, making this soup soul-satisfying and hearty. 

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword instant pot, Minestrone
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1-2 Tbs. good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 sweet red or yellow bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 celery ribs, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto, I used Barilla brand
  • 1 24 oz. jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 14 oz. can cannellini or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup uncooked Nu Life Market pearled sorghum grain, may substitute any fully cooked grain
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups vegetable broth, heated
  • 1-2 cups chopped baby spinach or baby kale, as desired
  • chopped fresh Italian parsley and Parmesan cheese, grated or freshly shredded, for garnishing


  1. In a 6-quart Instant Pot set to the sauté setting, add the oil; when the oil is hot, add the paprika and the vegetables; sauté for one minute, then turn off the sauté setting.
  2. Add the pesto, marinara, beans, sorghum, and bay leaves; top with broth - don’t stir these ingredients; leave them layered with the broth sitting mostly on top.
  3. Lock the Instant Pot lid into place, then use the manual button to choose the high pressure setting for 8 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure. When the timer sounds, use a natural release for 10 minutes, then a quick release if any pressure remains in the Instant Pot. (the natural release period allows the grains used in this recipe to fully cook)

  4. Carefully unlock the Instant Pot lid and give the soup a stir; remove the bay leaves. Stir in the baby spinach.

  5. Serve up steaming bowls of the minestrone, garnished with a good sprinkle of parsley and lots of Parmesan. Yummy served with good crusty slices of bread.

Recipe Notes

**Please note:  the cooking time stated for this recipe does not include the time required to bring the Instant Pot up to pressure since this can vary. This recipe was made using a 6-quart Instant Pot. 

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup in 8 minutes using Gluten Free NuLife Pearled Sorghum in place of pasta. SO SO GOOD!

Instant Pot Fanatic Here!

Have you jumped onto the Instant Pot band wagon yet? If not, what in the heck are ya waiting for? Electric Pressure Cooking is here to stay, and once you get the hang of using your pot, you’ll never look back. I love getting dinner done in such a speedy, delicious way.

At our house, we primarily use the Instant Pot to make these five categories of foods on a regular basis each and every week:

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Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli 

This recipe was presented on a sponsored segment for KAKE Wichita, March 2019, and featured From the Land of Kansas members and products. Special thanks to KAKE of Wichita and From the Land of Kansas for making this segment possible!


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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