Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup is a fast and easy pressure cooker dinner recipe featuring umami-rich tomatoes made into a creamy soup.
If you read this blog regularly, you probably know 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 the best soup recipes is this Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup. My family loves this recipe, and I love it because it’s easy and inexpensive to make.
Why Make Soup in an Instant Pot?
I got my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker more than a year ago, and it’s become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. The dish I use it for the most is soup. It has a pre-programmed soup setting, so it’s a totally seamless, dump-and-go meal.
However, you can make this easy one-pot recipe in any electric pressure cooker, not just Instant Pot brand.
This Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup is packed with flavor and healthy veggies. Just a touch of heavy cream gives the soup richness without too many calories.
How to Make Savory Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup
To start this recipe, dice up your veggies. You’ll need
- One medium onion
- Two large celery stalks
- Two large carrots
You can sauté these in a bit of olive oil using the Instant Pot’s sauté setting.
When the vegetables are softened, season with salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and dried basil. Then turn off the Instant Pot.
Stir in two cans of diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and a couple of bay leaves. If there are any browned bits on the bottom of the pot, use a wooden spoon to deglaze and scrape them up.
Next, lock the lid of the Instant Pot in place and cook the soup using the automatic soup setting. If you’re using another brand of pressure cooker, such as the Ninja Foodi, simply set the soup to cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
When the cooking cycle ends, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the rest of the pressure manually and carefully unlock the lid. The tomato basil soup will be hot and steamy inside, so be careful!
Next, simply puree the soup smooth. An immersion blender is the best tool for pureeing hot soup. Fortunately, a decent immersion blender is inexpensive and so useful.
Finish Instant Pot Soup with Cream
The final step in the recipe is to add a bit of heavy cream. If you don’t eat dairy, you can easily skip the cream, or use your favorite plant-based milk, like coconut or almond milk.
Can I Use Fresh Tomatoes?
I don’t recommend using fresh tomatoes for this recipe, as they have much higher water content. Your soup won’t have quite the same robust tomato flavor as canned tomatoes.
How to Serve Tomato Basil Soup
Tomato soup is the ultimate comfort food. It’s hot, creamy and satisfying, but also good for you. And it’s the perfect match for your grilled cheese sandwich. Of course, it also pairs well with salads, grilled chicken or beef.
If you want an even heartier tomato basil soup, you can add cooked small pasta (like orzo or ditalini) or cooked rice.
My favorite dishes to pair with creamy Instant Pot Tomato Soup include:
Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 2 large stalks celery diced
- 2 large carrots diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cans 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- ½ cup heavy cream or whipping cream
- Using the sauté setting of the electric pressure cooker, sauté the onion, celery and carrots in olive oil for about 5 minutes.
- Add the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and basil, and sauté for 1-2 minutes more.
- Turn off heat, add bay leaves, tomatoes and chicken broth, and stir.
- Secure the lid and cook the vegetable mixture using the soup setting, or cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
- Remove the bay leaves.
- Puree the soup using an immersion blender.
- Add the cream, and stir until well blended.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
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