The BEST Instant Pot Minestrone Soup + VIDEO

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup cooks in just 5 minutes! Loaded with veggies, beans, and delicious pasta, then topped with lots of nutty parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Serve it with crostini for dipping into that delicious broth.

Hopefully you guys aren’t over the Instant Pot soups yet, because I’ve got another one for you – and it’s amazing!

Minestrone Soup in the Instant Pot

This one will quickly become one of your favorites! If for no other reason than all that melty parmesan cheese that’s piled on top. But really, it’s also all about the creamy beans, the delicious tomato broth and all those bright, vibrant vegetables.

How to make the BEST Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

There’s a couple key steps to making this the BEST Minestrone: 

  • Add a parmesan rind into the mix. This adds tons of yummy flavor to your soup. I save my parmesan rinds in the freezer for special occasions like this. I’ve also found that stores sometimes carry parmesan rinds in the cheese section (love that this is happening now!)
  • Don’t add the veggies until after pressure cooking. To ensure the vegetables don’t get overcooked and soggy, I add them after the pressure cook. Then, once the lid is removed, I turn the pot to SAUTE and simmer the zucchini and kale or spinach for a few minutes, until they’re just tender.
  • Season at the end. After the soup is cooked, I add in a glug of red wine vinegar to add a bit of acidity (lemon juice also works). Then I season really well with salt and pepper. The amount of seasoning you need will depend on the salt levels of your broth and the canned beans.
Minestrone soup in the instant pot after cooking

Which pasta for Instant Pot Minestrone Soup?

  • Any pasta will work for minestrone. I used small shells. But ditalini, elbow macaroni, small bow ties, will all work here. You can also omit the pasta for a low carb minestrone. A great option is to add in some cauliflower to your soup when pressure cooking.

Can you freeze Minestrone Soup?

  • You can definitely freeze this Instant Pot Minestrone. However, the pasta will become soggy, and the soup will become thicker as the pasta will continue to soak up that liquid. To solve this, I like to prepare the soup without the pasta, then when I’m ready to serve it, I add some cooked pasta to the warm soup.
Two hands holding bowl of minestrone soup topped with parmesan.

What to serve with Minestrone Soup:

Overhead close up of bowl of minestrone topped with parmesan cheese in a bowl next to grey napkin.

Wine pairings for Minestrone Soup:

  • Look for Italian red wines to pair with this lasagna soup. Chianti, Barbera, Barolo are all great picks.

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Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup cooks in just 5 minutes! Loaded with veggies, beans, and delicious pasta, then topped with lots of nutty parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Serve it with crostini for dipping into that delicious broth.
4.24 from 21 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 1 large carrot (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 28- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Parmesan rind (optional)
  • 1 15- ounce can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15- ounce can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini pasta (or any preferred pasta)

After Pressure Cooking:

  • 1 medium zucchini (sliced into half coins)
  • 2 cups fresh kale (or baby spinach , chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

For Serving:

  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • Press SAUTE and add olive oil to Instant Pot. Once hot, add onions, celery and carrots. Saute 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Hit CANCEL.
  • Add oregano, basil, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, tomatoes, broth, parmesan rind, beans and pasta to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Set pot to seal and cook on MANUAL high pressure for 5 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for the pressure to build, then the countdown timer will begin.
  • Once the time is up, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. Press SAUTE and add zucchini and kale (or spinach). Saute 2-3 minutes until pasta is fully cooked and vegetables are tender.
  • Add red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Enjoy!
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Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 1223mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4392IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 5mg

13 thoughts on “The BEST Instant Pot Minestrone Soup + VIDEO”

  1. 5 stars
    Ah this looks so easy and delicious! I love my instant pot. I think I’d use brown rice pasta. Good idea to add the veggies at the end, I hate overcooked veggies!

  2. Just by reading the recipe it has already become my favourite. Instant pot soups are a delight as they are easy and quick to make. I like the addition of red wine vinegar gives it a citrus taste.

  3. 5 stars
    AH-mazing Minestrone! So good. Especially wonderful during the coldest month of the year. The zucchini was just the right texture (not mushy at all!). I will never leave it out of minestrone again. Be sure to use San Marzano tomatoes — the flavor of quality tomatoes really shines with all these wonderful veggie flavors. I used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar in error but it didn’t hurt the outcome. Top with sprinkled fresh grated parm and you have satisfying, healthy meal. This was such a great recipe – and IP minimized the mess and cooking time. Thanks for sharing!


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