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I often feel like a broken-record, especially recently because I have been making videos and doing recipe testing for this post, and talking a LOT about soup.
But I can’t help it. Soup is one of my favorite foods to eat, and the fact that my kids love it too means that it is pretty much worth all the hype.
We eat soup at least once a week in our home, even in the summer. Actually once a week is probably more of a summer amount. You can definitely double that for the Fall and winter months. Ahhhh. Just thinking about scarves and fires and listening to Christmas music too early makes me all giddy inside.
There are sooooo many reasons to love soup, but I’ve narrowed it down to five. You can thank me for my self-restraint later.
- VARIETY. You can make soup from just about any combination of things you pull out of the panty and fridge. Rice or pasta or lentils or barley. Chicken or sausage or bacon or beef or meatless. Not to mention, all the vegetables that can easily be turned into a delicious creamy concoction.
- FRUGAL. Which (the aforementioned reason) is why soup is so budget-friendly! The incredibly versatile nature of soup means that you can use what you have on hand and avoid unnecessary trips to the store. Plus, soups are notoriously great for stretching meats and making the most of inexpensive vegetables (I’m talking about you potatoes, carrots, and onions).
- EASY. Soup was always easy, but now that I’m using my Instant Pot exclusively for soup, it is ridiculously easy to throw together a quick soup. Seriously, if you aren’t riding that train yet, getting an Instant Pot just for soup is completely reasonable.
- TASTY. I mean, if it wasn’t tasty, the fact that soup is so frugal and easy would be considerably less exciting. But soup is delicious, so we’re okay.
- FREEZER-FRIENDLY. This one doesn’t need to be explained much, except to say that making a big batch of soup and freezing it for later is a no-brainer. Or, just dump a bunch of soup ingredients in a ziplock bag and freeze it for later– just take it out and dump it in the Instant Pot for an even easier meal idea. (Check out this plan to stock your freezer with Instant Pot soups!)
Okay, I am almost ready to get to the good stuff. AKA SOUPS YOU SHOULD BE MAKING THIS FALL.
Before the list, though, there are a couple other things to mention.
First, and perhaps most importantly, chicken broth. It is SO easy to make it at home, and healthier too. Oh, and it can save you a ton of money on your grocery bill. Just do it. (Here’s how to make it in an Instant Pot or and how to make it in a crockpot).
Second, bread. Of course, this part isn’t mandatory like broth. So if you’re gluten-free or low carb, feel free to ignore the next couple of sentences. BUT, if you like to enjoy the grains like we do, then why not plan for fresh bread with your soup???
A few of our favorites are:
- One-hour French bread (two loaves, one hour, SERIOUSLY)
- Everything Dinner Rolls in the Instant Pot (2 hours, 15 soft and perfect dinner rolls)
- Cheesy drop biscuits (quickest and easiest)
- Cornbread in a cast iron pan (recipe from this cookbook).
Really, you just need an Instant Pot, but these are my favorite things to recommend to make cooking easier and less of a chore.
- Instant Pot (I have a DUO, DUO PLUS, ULTRA, and a MAX). The MAX is newest and barely tested, so the ULTRA is still my favorite for now. Here is a comparison of the DUO and ULTRA if you’re wondering what the differences are).
- Immersion Blender (Several of the soups are pureed, and the immersion blender makes the job soooo easy).
- Good chef’s knife. (Since you’ll be slicing and dicing, a good knife makes a big difference. If you don’t enjoy cooking, maybe it’s time for a good knife).
12 Must-Have Instant Pot Soups for the Fall
We love this soup with grilled cheese sandwiches or drop biscuits! It’s an excellent source of vitamins and a great lunch soup.
Potato Corn Chowder :: The Typical Mom
This is a reader favorite!
This soup gets an extra boost of nutrition and color from the addition of spinach. My kids love it, especially with a handful of croutons on top.
Zuppa Toscana (Paleo, Whole30) :: Wholesomelicious
Filling and tasty!
Canned tomato soup has nothing on this! As easy as it is, you’ll never need to buy tomato soup again.
Comforting Beef Barley Soup :: Little Spice Jar
Oh my, yum!
>>> Watch the cooking video
This recipe was adapted from an oven-roasted version.
Honey carrot soup is a great way to use up carrots in your fridge, and is so nutritious! My kids love it too.
This soup really warms you up on a cold night!
Chicken Zoodle Soup :: Diethood
A healthy twist on a classic soup.
Easy French Onion Soup
See recipe below.
French onion soup is so much easier to make in the Instant Pot, without sacrificing any of the flavor!
- Turn the Instant Pot on to “saute” and melt the butter in the bottom of the pot. When the butter is melted, add the onions and stir to coat with the butter. Let the onions cook for 6 minutes without stirring. After 6 minutes, stir the onions, then let them cook for another 6 minutes without stirring.
- Push the onions to the side and add the minced garlic. Saute for about 30 seconds. Add the salt, pepper, broths, and worcestershire sauce to the Instant Pot. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.
- While the soup is cooking, toast thick slices of French bread on both sides until crispy.
- Quick release the pressure from the Instant Pot. Portion out the soup into bowls and top with slices of toasted French bread. Sprinkle the bread with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese, and then place the soup bowls under the broil. Broil for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
- Serve immediately (but be careful because it is HOT!).
* You can substitute another cheese of your choice, or use a mix of two or three.
If you wish to double this soup, add another 6 minutes of cooking time to give the extra onions additional time to brown.
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