Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup (with Stovetop Instructions)

Close up on bowl of Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup

Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup is loaded with fresh vegetables. It’s high in flavor, yet naturally low in fat and calories! Make this nutritional soup in just minutes with the help of your electric pressure cooker.

Our wedding is now less than six months away – how in the world did that happen?! I finally just picked out my dress last Friday and now things are really starting to seem real!!! I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t want to look their absolute best on their wedding day, so I’m definitely going to do my best to sneak in more workouts and eat more healthy before the big day.

Two bowls of instant pot weight loss soup with hand eating.

Typically, I squeeze in a couple hour sessions on the treadmill each week and a couple barre classes as well. But this week, I’m going to try to add in a spinning session too. Confession – I hate spinning. I’ve suffered from exercise-induced asthma my entire life, which I know, totally sounds like a made up thing, but seriously, when things get a bit intense, I really cannot breathe. Things like walking up the stairs, hiking a steep incline and running all completely wind me. Spinning does the same. But it is such a calorie burner, that I’d like to tell myself that I can at least start by doing it once a week. Wish me luck…

On the nutritional front, first, you all know that I love my wine. I’m never going to give that up, so eating plans like Whole30 are totally out for me. And, while I’m definitely not a fan of fad diets, I am a fan of eating plans where you don’t feel like you’re on a diet because the food is just so good.

That’s where this Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup comes in for me. It keeps me on track during the day and packs so many extra veggies into my diet, that I feel much better about sipping a glass of wine (or two) with dinner.

Basically, this Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup is just veggies and some of my homemade “better than botox” bone broth (which you can make in the slow cooker or in the instant pot). You can also use store-bought vegetable, beef or chicken stock, just be sure that it’s low-sodium. As for veggies, I kind of just threw in all of my favorites – zucchini, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes and some green pepper. To add a bit more substance to the soup, a good bit of cabbage is added in as well. It helps to keep you full and has detoxing properties to it. However, if you’re not a fan of cabbage, you could always swap in some baby spinach or kale instead.

I was sure to give my Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup a good amount of seasoning with oregano, basil and red pepper flakes. I like my soup quite spicy, and reports show that spicy food can aid in weight loss, but if you’re sensitive to heat, feel free to leave them out.

This soup cooks in just 4-minutes in the Instant Pot. However, for timing purposes, you do need to take into consideration the amount of time it takes for the pressure to build, about 15 minutes. Also, there’s quite a bit of chopping involved, so prep time is a bit time intense. If you’re short on time, you can use pre-chopped bagged veggies, frozen veggies, or, if your store has a salad bar, you can grab a combination of veggies from there too.

I like to enjoy a cup of this Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup for lunch, again for an afternoon snack, and again for dinner with a bit of lean protein on the side. Each cup of Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup has only 71 calories (see nutritional info. below).  It’s a great way to get your vegetables in for the day and is very satisfying. After about a week of this eating plan, you should definitely see some pounds drop off the scale.

If you’re not looking for the weight loss properties of this soup, but still want to enjoy this amazing vegetable soup from you instant pot, you could bulk it up with a can of kidney beans or some ditalini pasta. If you’re using pasta, just add a cup of it to the pot before you seal it and cook it for 5 minutes instead of 4 minutes.

Bowl of Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup with spoon.

This Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup recipe makes about 14 cups of soup.  It lasts in the fridge up to a week, and it freezes well too.

Want to switch this Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup recipe up a bit? Try adding in some of these:

Have you ever tried a weight loss soup diet? What did you think of the results? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup in bowl

Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup (with stove top instructions)

Course: Soup/Chili
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 14 one-cup servings
Calories: 71 kcal
Author: Erin

Instant Pot Weight Loss Cabbage Soup is loaded with fresh vegetables. It's high in flavor, yet naturally low in fat and calories

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 4 medium carrots chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage half head
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 14- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups bone broth or low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add the olive oil and allow to heat for 1 minute. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 -7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Add the cabbage, green pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, spices and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, close the steam vent and set to HIGH pressure using the manual setting. Decrease the time to 4 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for the pressure to build, then the timer will start. 

  4. Once the time is expired, wait for 5 minutes, then carefully use the quick release valve to release the steam. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

For the stovetop:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Add the cabbage, green pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, spices and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

If you loved this Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish are share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings.

If you follow Weight Watchers, this soup has 0 points. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup (with stove top instructions)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 297mg 12%
Potassium 335mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 62.9%
Vitamin C 48.1%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup in bowl

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13 comments

  1. Kim

    Deliciousness! You make some great soups and dishes Erin! I love spicy soups too.
    ‘Platings and Pairings” sounds like a great book of your area, recipes and vineyards included!
    When I found your blog I was intrigued with the beauty of your area. It’s so beautiful in
    Oregon. I’m in Canada so it compares to BC but I’d love to visit Oregon.
    Where are you losing your weight from?? Your big toe?? You’re in great shape girl!
    Like I said before, I need a Rick in my life and live a beautiful life like yours!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you so much for the kind words Kim! I’d love to visit Canada soon too! Vancouver has been on my list for quite some time now, but there are so many areas I’d like to explore!

      Reply

  2. Pech

    Congratulations on saying yes to the dress! I’m with you that I could never do Whole 30 as what I’d need to stop eating are some of my very favorite things – so I would rather just be careful of portions and make sure that I get in some exercise. I’m not a spin fiend but know some people absolutely love it – I just know my butt always hurts on top of the general muscle soreness!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you Pech – Things are definitely getting REAL now!

      Reply

  3. Mary

    Have you ever tried red cabbage? It’s what I have on hand. Think it may turn everything red and unappetizing looking

    Reply

    1. Erin

      That’s so funny you mention that Mary – I was just thinking about this today. I have some red cabbage to use up too and I’m thinking the same as you – I’m thinking the color will be off, but it probably still tastes good! Let me know if you decide to try it, and I’ll report back if I give it a try too 😉

      Reply

  4. Erin

    What size is your Instant Pot? I want to make this, but want to make sure mine will accommodate all of the ingredients. Thank you!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Erin – I use a 6-quart Instant Pot.

      Reply

  5. Kandice

    What could be in place of cabbage?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Kandice – You can leave it out entirely.

      Reply

  6. Amy

    I am not a cook. Don’t even know what an Insta-Pot is. But I wanted to lose weight and was trying to find a good veggie- based recipe. I found/tried this one and oh my goodness! I ate it every day for lunch and a couple of times for dinner! My poor hubby only got one bowl, so now I’m making another pot (one week later) and hopefully I will be able to share this time. It is SO yummy and EASY to make!! Plus… I lost 3.6 lbs… so it works! Thanks for sharing this recipe. One of my faves now!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked it Amy! Did you make it on the stove top?

      Reply

      1. Amy

        Yes! I made it on the stove. And I’m making it again tonight. Yum!

        Reply

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