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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup (Italian Farmhouse )

Vegan and gluten-free, this detox-friendly Instant Pot vegetable soup is hearty and nutritious, filled with veggies, greens and mushrooms. It’s a great example of a traditional Italian farmhouse soup.

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup - Quick, easy, healthy, Italian farmhouse inspired.

Want a quick and easy soup that is hearty and nutritious? This Italian farmhouse-inspired Instant Pot vegetable soup is just the thing. It’s a tasty yet light (vegan-friendly) soup that is perfect for those nights when you want to give your digestion a break or if you feel like a need a lighter meal. You know those times, right?


I focused on accessible, nutrient-dense vegetables that are light and easy to digest. The best thing is that although this soup is detox and diet-friendly, it doesn’t skimp on the flavour. With the addition of savoury mushrooms, lots of garlic and herbs, this meal is bursting with tasty goodness and nutrients. 

This veggie soup is very light and low in calories (under 200 calories per serving). But, as you can see from the full nutritional breakdown below the recipe, this dish is full of nutrients, especially vitamins C and K. Want to up vitamin D level? Add more mushrooms. Get a few more minerals like zinc and selenium? Top the finished soup with a handful of nuts and seeds. More calcium? Say cheese! 



This soup is a great canvas, and as a painter, you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand. The most time-consuming part about making this vegetable soup is the chopping. Once all the veggies are ready, you will throw everything in and the soup cooks in no time at all.

Want to make it a bit heavier? Add some white potatoes or parsnips or a little more olive oil. Feel like turning it into an omnivore’s delight? Add some free-range chicken or ham or top it with grated cheese. 

I used cavolo nero, which is a dark green, leafy, kale-like vegetable common in Italian cooking. You can use regular kale, spinach or collard greens instead. Dried porcini mushroom add the most amazing forest, umami flavour to this dish but if you can’t find any, feel free to use some dried shiitake, or just stick to fresh button mushrooms.

You can make a large batch to enjoy over a few days.

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Yes, this vegetable soup freezes quite well and should keep in the freezer for up to 4 months. Having said that, it also lasts in the refrigerator for 4-5 days as it’s vegetarian. Speaking of cold things, you can also use a bunch of frozen vegetables in this soup. 


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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup (Italian Farmhouse)

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


This Italian-inspired Instant Pot vegetable soup is something you would find at a  farmhouse. It’s full of veggies and is gluten-free and vegan vegetable soup. This meal is bursting with falvours and nutrients.



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 long red chilli, sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 6 large button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • A handful of dried porcini mushrooms (forest mushrooms, optional)
  • 34 oz. / 100 grams cavolo nero/kale leaves (a medium bunch of kale), leaves removed from the hard stems and sliced roughly
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup tinned chopped tomatoes or tomato passata
  • 1 litre (4 cups) vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Lemon zest and chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on and press Sauté function key, the pot will start to heat up.
  2. Add coconut oil, onion, salt, celery and carrots and stir through. Cook for about a minute or two, while slicing the mushrooms.
  3. Add the chilli, mushrooms, garlic, and dried porcini mushrooms and stir through. Cook for 2 minutes on Sauté, while preparing cavolo nero/kale leaves and zucchini.
  4. Add the kale, zucchini, tomatoes, stock and bay leave and stir through. Press the OFF function key. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Check that the lid knob is turned to Sealing. Press Manual key, High Pressure, and set to 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally for a couple of minutes and then use the quick release method to let the rest of the steam out. Serve in bowls with grated lemon zest and chopped parsley on top.
  6. If you eat dairy, feel free to grate some Parmesan cheese over the top.




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    italian farmhouse soup – with coconut oil instead of olive oil?

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    Lisa Thiele
    August 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    When you say red chili, what are you referring to? Here in Texas, I would think a red chili pepper. But I could also think those dried red peppers they use in spicy Chinese food

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      August 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Red chili pepper you have is perfect. To be honest, dried red peppers are also fine, whatever will give you that little kick of heat and spiciness.

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    Vivian Tenuta
    September 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Fabulously easy and tasty recipe to put together for Meatless Monday!! The porcini mushrooms pull it all together. My husband thought they were meat. Thank you so much for the recipe! I will definitely make it again.

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      September 20, 2017 at 11:22 am

      I couldn’t agree more, it’s those beautiful mushrooms that really make it. Although, it would still taste delicious with regular button mushrooms. Thanks for your lovely feedback 🙂

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    October 16, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I love this soup. It tastes simply amazing and it has so many yummy veggies in it! I have made it several times and my family gobbles it up. I change it up a little each time I make it. I usually add spinach instead of kale. I don’t often add the tomatoes because they are a problem for me. But, I do add some (about 2 T) of organic tomato paste. ( I assume that is what tomato passata is?) Today, I am going to add some cooked chicken, since my husband needs MEAT because he is a construction worker, ha, ha. Perfect day for soup today here in Wisconsin.

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      November 1, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks Becky! Yes, as the weather gets colder, soups are the way to go. This one is perfect as it also helps to support your immune system. Yes, passata is kind of like a smooth tomato puree, not as concentrated as tomato paste but closer to chopped tinned tomatoes. Chicken is a great addition for protein 🙂

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    November 29, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Can you double this in the 8 qt?

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      December 7, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Yes, definitely!

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        January 25, 2018 at 3:27 am

        Can you double in the 6 qt?

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          February 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm

          It can be tough with soups due to the liquid. If you don’t fill over the “max” line in your inner pot, you can double any recipe though.

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    December 18, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for this–it was wonderful. I used a can of fire-roasted tomatoes because it’s what I happened to have. The mushrooms were crucial–I used shiitake since I couldn’t find porcini. A new favorite!

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      December 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Isn’t the addition of mushrooms amazing? Glad you loved it!

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    December 25, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    So far, I love all the recipes I’ve found on your site. This was no exception. It’s refreshing, hearty and delicious!

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    January 2, 2018 at 3:54 am

    If I were to add a can of beans to the recipe, when would I add it into the pot for the beans not to over cook? Should I wait until the end to put them in or something else? I just recently bought my pot and haven’t used it yet – I appreciate any advice you can offer. Thanks.

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      January 2, 2018 at 6:15 am

      You can add it right at the start or at the end, shouldn’t matter too much.

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    Teri McElroy
    March 31, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Very good soup. I actually used fresh tomatoes and chicken broth and bought some” super greens” instead of just kale. I put them in without chopping and fished them out, pureed them and poured them back in. My husband never knew the difference and liked the soup.

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      April 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Yum sounds like a great upgrade with extra ‘super greens’. A sneaky way to hide those extra nutrients 😉

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    Deann P.
    August 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Today is the third time making this delicious soup. Thank you so much for the recipe. I tweeked it a little by adding the kale in after it was done so it was not so mushy. And I used a can of Rotel tomatoes as I did not have a red chili. It all worked and now I have a big batch of yum!

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      August 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks Deann, we’re glad it has become a favourite.

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    December 4, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Great soup! My 10yo daughter said it is the best soup I’ve made. I used fire roasted tomatoes, omitted the chile (kids) and the button mushrooms, but used all other veggies plus a small purple skinned yam (the kind with white flesh) It was a great addition.
    Tank you for the recipe!

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    December 5, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Do I put the dried mushrooms in “Dried” or do i reconstitute them first?

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      January 28, 2019 at 1:04 am

      You can add them dried as they will rehydrate during the cooking process.

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    May 9, 2019 at 12:17 am

    This soup was delicious! I added shredded chicken for some protein. Do you have any idea what the calories are per serving?

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      May 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Hey Laurie, chicken is a great addition! Don’t have the exact calories but as it is mostly veggie-based, it is a low-calorie meal. But, due to all the fibre in the veggies, it is also quite satiating. You can copy/paste the ingredients into MyFitnessPaleo calorie calculator or something similar to get the exact numbers. We’ll try to get through some of our popular recipes and get those numbers.

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