This Instant Pot Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal that uses frugal ingredients. As a bonus, it makes a great Whole30 Compliant meal!
There are several options to make this Instant Pot hamburger soup suit your tastes and dietary needs, but no matter how you make it, it’s a simple pressure cooker soup recipe that you’ll love!
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A while back, I decided to give the Whole30 thing a try.
I’m really not one for fad diets. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been on an actual diet at all in my adult life.
I sort of live by the motto, “Everything in moderation.” And in general, we eat a pretty healthy variety of foods regularly anyways.
But I’ve been so tired lately. Now, a big part of that is probably the fact that my 15-month old still doesn’t sleep through the night. And I take care of three kids ages 4 and under every day.
So I know I have good reason to be tired.
However, I also have a sneaking suspicion that the refined sugar and carbs in my diet probably aren’t doing me a whole lot of favors in the energy level department.
So the main reason I decided to try the Whole30 plan was to eliminate processed sugars from my diet to see if I noticed a change in energy levels.
Well, I made it a week.
Haha! Seriously. A week. Which, if I’m being honest, I am actually pretty proud of.
A week with no dairy, beans, added sugar or artificial sweeteners, grains, alcohol, etc. And honestly, I didn’t really mind it too much.
So why did I quit? Well, that’s a story for another day. I outlined my reasons in this post about why I quit the Whole30.
But, all was not lost, because it brought this delicious Instant Pot hamburger soup into the world!
Easy Instant Pot Hamburger Soup
One great outcome of my Whole30 experience is this soup! n my quest to find compliant recipes, I noticed several people mentioned the Pioneer Woman’s hamburger soup.
Now, because I love all things P-Dub, I knew this would immediately go on my menu plan. And because I love my Instant Pot, I decided to adapt it to be prepared in my beloved pressure cooker.
With a few tweaks, it’s really easy to make Instant Pot soup recipes using your favorite stovetop soup recipes.
The result is a really easy, really tasty recipe that you’d never know is compliant with some crazy special eating plan. It’s something I would totally make even if I weren’t doing the Whole30 (which I’m not anymore!).
New to Pressure Cooking? Check Out These Helpful Resources:
- Everything You Need to Know About Making Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes
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Why You’ll Love This Instant Pot Hamburger Soup
One of the best things about this Instant Pot hamburger soup is that it doesn’t require any strange ingredients. So it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy the ingredients, like A LOT of Whole30 meals.
Give me fast, frugal, and fabulous meals and I’m happy!
Not only that, but it’s easily adaptable based on what you have on hand, what your dietary needs are, or just what you prefer. It’s one of those super versatile recipes, which are always nice to have up your sleeve.
And if you forget to thaw out the hamburger ahead of time, you can simply cook the ground beef in the Instant Pot!
If you’re not doing the Whole30 and want to make this more decadent, you can make my Instant Pot cheeseburger soup.
How to Make Easy Instant Pot Hamburger Soup
First, you’ll begin by browning some beef in the insert pot of the Instant Pot, using the Saute function. Next, add in some veggies, potatoes, broth, tomato paste, and seasonings.
Lock the lid into place and set the vent to the sealed position. Using the Manual/Pressure Cook setting, select a 4 minute cook time.
Once the cook time is complete, allow a natural pressure release for at least ten minutes, followed by a quick release.
Voila! Dinner (or lunch!) is served!
Notes and Adaptations for Instant Pot Hamburger Soup (With Noodles or Without Noodles):
- If you aren’t concerned about this soup being Whole30 compliant, feel free to add in some noodles! Macaroni, ditalini, or small shells would work well. I’d recommend adding 1/2 cup of noodles. The general rule of thumb for the cook time when including noodles is to check the recommended cook time on the box, cut that in half, then subtract a minute. So if the cook time is 10 minutes, divide in half (5) and subtract 1, which is 4 minutes.
- I sometimes buy a bag of frozen vegetables for soup, so everything is already chopped up. You can usually find bags with potatoes, carrots, celery, green beans, and sometimes corn. This is a good time-saver if you want to go that route. Obviously, if you’re going Whole30, you can’t use corn, but the other veggies are fine.
Whether you’re looking for Whole30 meals or not, this Instant Pot hamburger soup is one of those easy peasy soups that should be in your regular rotation.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 14.5-oz can of diced tomatoes
- 2 cups of vegetable or beef broth
- 2 bell peppers, diced
- 2 whole carrots, sliced
- 2 medium russet potatoes, cubed
- 1 Tbs tomato paste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- In the insert pot of the Instant Pot, brown the ground beef using the Saute function, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
- Once meat is mostly browned, drain grease if necessary and return to insert pot.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and set vent to the sealed position.
- Using the Manual/Pressure Cook setting, select a 4 minute cook time.
- Once the cook time is complete, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, followed by a quick release.
- Adjust seasonings to taste, if needed.
- If you aren't concerned about this soup being Whole30 compliant, feel free to add in some noodles! Macaroni, ditalini, or small shells would work well. I'd recommend adding 1/2 cup of noodles. The general rule of thumb for the cook time when including noodles is to check the recommended cook time on the box, cut that in half, then subtract a minute. So if the cook time is 10 minutes, divide in half (5) and subtract 1, which is 4 minutes.
- I sometimes buy a bag of frozen vegetables for soup, so everything is already chopped up. You can usually find bags with potatoes, carrots, celery, green beans, and sometimes corn. This is a good time-saver if you want to go that route. Obviously, if you're going Whole30, you can't use corn, but the other veggies are fine.
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Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 19g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.