Creamy Tomato Basil Soup for the Instant Pot

Easy, inexpensive creamy tomato-basil soup will be your new favorite recipe for the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.

If you read this blog regularly, you might have noticed that we make a lot of soup, especially tomato soup! Is there anything better than a hot mug of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter day? One of my favorite recipes is this creamy tomato basil soup for the Instant Pot. My family loves this soup, and I love it because it’s easy and inexpensive to make.

I got my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker more than a year ago, and it’s become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. The thing I use it for the most is making soup. It has a pre-programmed soup setting, so cooking the soup is automatic.

This creamy tomato basil soup is packed with flavor, and with healthy veggies. Just a touch of heavy cream gives the soup richness without too many calories.

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Our Best Recipes for Game Day

I’ll be honest and say that my favorite thing about Sunday’s “Big Game” is the food! I love college football, but I’m not so much into the NFL. Still, who’s going to say no to an excuse to bring out a bunch of party food and spend time socializing?

What are you planning to make for Game Day? I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite party recipes to give you some inspiration.

Easy Baked Buffalo Wings

Dive into these amazing Baked Buffalo Wings - perfect for Game Day or for an easy weeknight dinner!


Classic football food, crispy and delicious with no deep fryer in sight! Serve these with carrot and celery sticks plus an easy blue cheese dip.

Easy Baked Barbecue Wings

These Baked Honey Barbecue wings are crispy and delicious with no deep frying! The sauce is addictively sweet with a little bit of spice!

Are you Team Buffalo or Team Barbecue? I can’t quite decide, so usually I serve both. These barbecue wings are crispy, sweet and smoky, and taste great with a simple ranch dip.

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.

This crispy black bean taco recipe is by far our most popular! Our readers love them, and so do we! You can easily cut these small tacos in half or thirds to make them into finger food. Don’t skip the avocado lime sauce – it’s to die for!

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Winter Minestrone with Sausage, Kale, and Basil Pistou

Winter minestrone with sausage, kale, and basil pistou is guaranteed to become one of your family's favorite soups!

We’re having a January cold spell, and right now the temperature outside is a whopping 6 degrees. Which means my family wants nothing but soup for dinner. One of our all-time favorites is this winter minestrone with sausage, kale, and basil pistou. It’s packed with bold flavor and healthy veggies.

This red, green and white soup is a Christmas Eve tradition in our family, so sometimes I call it “Christmas minestrone.” We usually don’t have a heavy dinner Christmas Eve, because we’ve already stuffed ourselves at an annual family party during the day. After celebrating with a million and one relatives, we go home, make some minestrone, and play board games until it’s time to hang our stockings.

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Christmas Deviled Eggs

Christmas deviled eggs will be the hit of any holiday party.

Deviled eggs are classic appetizers, welcome at any party table. This week I was asked to bring an appetizer to a big family Christmas party, and I thought if I dressed them up in Christmas colors, deviled eggs would be perfect. I had to smile when I named this recipe “Christmas Deviled Eggs,” because normally Christmas and the devil don’t go together. When I looked into the history of deviled eggs, I learned that sometimes people in the Midwest and South call deviled eggs “angel eggs” when bringing them to church functions.  So you can definitely call these Christmas Deviled Eggs “Angel Eggs” if you prefer.

Plain deviled eggs get dressed up for the holidays with festive red and green garnishes.

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Winter Fruit Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

Seasonal citrus, pomegranates and pineapple team up with apples and kiwi in this gorgeous fruit salad.

I’m always looking for ways to get more fruits and vegetables into my life – and into my family’s mouths – but sometimes biting into a plain piece of fruit is not that a-peeling. (Haha – I just made a fruit joke!) A gorgeous fruit salad is a great way to eat healthy and enjoy it! This winter fruit salad combines seasonal citrus, pomegranates, pineapple, kiwi and apples. A simple dressing of lemon and honey adds sweetness and keeps the fruit fresher longer.

This gorgeous salad combines seasonal winter fruits with a simple honey-lemon dressing.

This winter fruit salad is perfect for a holiday party buffet, or you can make a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge. It doesn’t contain delicate fruits like berries or bananas, so it will stay fresh for up to three days.

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Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

Made with flaky pie crust, filled with pie filling, and topped with streusel topping and caramel, these Caramel Apple Pie Cookies are a perfect fall treat.

Caramel. Apple Pie. Cookies. Truth be told, I had a hard time naming these. Are they cookies? Are they mini pies? Are they cobbler bites? I settled on Caramel Apple Pie Cookies but you could also think of these as apple pie bites.  With the combination of apple, cinnamon, caramel, and pie crust these smell heavenly and they taste even better.

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Homemade Roasted Chili Oil

Sichuan-style toasted chili oil brings a toasty heat to all your favorite foods.

Lately I’m in love with Sichuan-style roasted chili oil – a little obsessed, in fact. Roasted chili oil (or toasted chili oil) has a complex, toasted chili flavor that’s mellow and not acidic. Sometimes I buy roasted chili oil from my local gourmet supermarket, but it’s expensive and hard to find. I decided to try making my own, so I would never run out. I eat it with scrambled eggs, roasted vegetables and potatoes. It’s also fantastic with our 10-Minute Wonton Soup, Crock-Pot Honey Balsamic Chicken, Korean Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry and Easy Homemade Kung Pao Chicken.

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30-Minute Chicken Chili

Make this warm, spicy and satisfying chicken chili in only 30 minutes.

I’m always looking for recipes that are simple, tasty and healthy, and this 30-Minute Chicken Chili is all of those things. It’s spicy and satisfying, and it cooks up quickly with just a few staple ingredients. My family loves my Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili recipe, but this chicken chili is lighter and less expensive to make. It’s more of a broth-based soup than a meaty chili.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup With Orzo

Creamy tomato basil soup with orzo is one of the best soups you will ever make!

One thing I love about fall is the return of soup season! One of the first soups I make every year when the weather turns cooler is this creamy tomato basil soup with orzo, which is based on a ready-made soup from Costco. It’s probably my favorite “Costco hack” recipe. I’ve made this soup dozens of times – for my family, for company or for potlucks – and people always ask me for the recipe.

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Crispy Bean and Chorizo Tostadas

Crisp, fresh and spicy bean and chorizo tostadas combine all your favorite Mexican flavors!

Everybody loves tacos, but sometimes tostadas are even better: crispy, crunchy and spicy, with lots of room for fresh toppings. The only thing I don’t like about tostadas is that they’re messy and difficult to eat. I wanted to make my favorite bean and chorizo tostadas for a football watch party last Sunday, but tostadas are not exactly finger food. I decided to cut the tortillas in half before frying them, to make them easier to pick up. Everybody argued about whether these were mini tostadas or giant nachos, but they devoured them anyway!

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