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Instant Pot Creamy Vegetable/Chickpea Tortellini Soup

I’ve been wanting to do a tortellini soup for a while. The recipe below is my own creation, based on reading several versions. If you like chorizo sausage, you can add a pound of chopped chorizo to the initial sauté. Being an ovo-lacto-pescatarian (I eat eggs, milk and fish with my veggies), I like to keep my soups meatless.

Once again, as I’m finding with these recipes, prepping the fresh veggies took longer than the actual cooking time. You could easily make this on the stovetop. What I like about the instant pot is that you don’t have to worry about it while it’s cooking. No stirring, no pot-watching. And it cooks in a fraction of the time.

Instant Pot Creamy Vegetable/Chickpea Tortellini Soup


1 Sweet Onion – Diced
3 Celery Stalks – Diced
3 Carrots – Diced
2 Garlic Cloves – Diced
2 TBS Olive Oil
5 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Can Ro-Tel / or Stewed Tomatoes
2 Cans of Garbanzo Beans, Drained
1 Tsp Dried Basil
1 Tsp Dried Thyme
6-8 Cups Mixed Super Greens (blend of Swiss chard, spinach arugula, or kale) – Chopped
10-12 oz – Fresh Cheese Tortellini (for frozen or dried see below)
1 Cup Cream
Salt and Pepper to taste.

Prepare fresh vegetables. Add olive oil and vegetables and garlic to the instant pot. Set on sauté and stir until onions are translucent. Add broth, stewed tomatoes, garbanzo beans, basil and thyme to the pot. (If you are using frozen or dried tortellini add with the broth). Seal and cook for 5 minutes (my pot has a soup setting). Wait a few minutes before releasing the steam.

Add greens, fresh tortellini to the pot and simmer on sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring gently.

Blend in cream. Salt and pepper to taste.

Delicious and so easy to prepare. Serve immediately. The tortellini will absorb the broth if stored. You may need to add liquid to reheat. Or leave as is and call it stew! For me, this batch is another week’s worth of delicious home-made soup for my packed lunch. Bon Appetit!

Instant Pot Irish Potato Kale Soup

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe since I got my pressure cooker. I will definitely be making it again. I had to improvise on one of the ingredients. (See Below) My grocery store was out of leeks! The produce guy said the restaurants wipe them out every week! ☹️ And my brand of pressure cooker does not allow for under 5 minutes, so I split the time in two. It doesn’t seem to have affected the outcome. It came out great!

Thanks to Letty’s Kitchen for this awesome recipe. It’s a keeper, it’s delicious, it’s super easy, and it’s vegan. Quadruple win!


2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped (the original recipe calls for two leeks sliced thin)
  • 6 cups salted vegetable broth
  • 2 pounds potatoes (I used red potatoes), peeled and diced in ¾-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces kale, stems and center ribs removed and discarded, leaves coarsely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped green onion, for garnish
  • In your pressure cooker, sauté onions (or leeks) in olive oil until tender. Add broth, potatoes and garlic. Close and seal the lid and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. Quick release the steam.

    Lightly mash some of the potatoes (I like leaving most of the cubes intact) and stir in the kale. Close and seal the lid once more and pressure cook on high for an additional 5 minutes.

    Release and add the apple cider vinegar and 20 turns of fresh ground pepper. If you used salted veggie broth you will probably not need to add any more. I didn’t need more salt. Season to taste. Serve with chopped green onion garish.

    If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can do this on the stove top, cooking the potato portion 20 minutes and the kale portion an additional 10. I love how easy this recipe is. The veggie prep took longer than the cook time!

    The recipe makes 8 cups of soup. I’m going to enjoy this for lunch this week!

    January Biolet #27 & #28

    You get a two-fer today. The day slipped away from me yesterday. Below is a photo of my little rescue pup, “Gabby”. She had a spa day. She hates spa days. I am surely on her bad list. So unlike other days, this photo has nothing to do with the biolets…but as I said I’ve been crazy busy. And it make me chuckle. Poor spoiled kumquat!🤣


    how warm the sun feels on my skin
    streaming soft through the window pane
    cloudless blue skies, no sign of rain
    here, sheltered from the frigid wind
    streaming soft through the window pane
    how warm the sun feels on my skin


    when I was young and gullible
    why, I believed ‘most anything
    let others tell me what to think
    got me in a heap of trouble
    why, I believed ‘most anything
    when I was young and gullible


    January Biolet #26

    spring’s first ambassadors emerge
    dressed in deep cerulean blue
    a touch of warmth blooms life anew
    as winter shrieks its final dirge
    dressed in deep cerulean blue
    spring’s first ambassadors emerge


    January Biolet #22

    her brilliance cannot be muted
    luminous mistress of the night
    cloud swells magnify her light
    even shaded, she blushes red
    luminous mistress of the night
    her brilliance cannot be muted


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