Instant Pot Sausage Soup with Pesto
This easy Instant Pot Sausage Soup with Pesto can be made with chickpeas, or switch them out for frozen cauliflower rice if you’d prefer less carbs! Use Soup Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
Are you ready to get right back on track with healthy January eating, or are you still holding on to comfort food for a few more days? No matter how you’re feeling, this super easy Instant Pot Sausage Soup with Pesto will have an option that works for you! If you still need a few more carbs in your life, make the soup as shown with one can of garbanzo beans. If you’re being stricter on carbs (or ready to cut back!) switch out the garbanzo beans for a package of frozen cauliflower rice. And there are stovetop directions included for this tasty sausage soup as well if you’re not an Instant Pot fan.
I used my favorite Turkey Italian Sausage for this soup that’s an updated version of a soup that was back in the archives of the blog, and I like the hot version of Italian Sausage that’s a bit spicy. But use pork Italian Sausage if you prefer, and you might want to switch it out for Sweet Italian Sausage without the added spiciness if you’re making the soup for kids. No matter what version of this versatile sausage soup you end up with, I promise it’s going to be delicious; enjoy!
What Size Instant Pot Did I Use?
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How to Make Instant Pot Sausage Soup with Pesto:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)
- Chop onion and green bell pepper. Heat olive oil in the Instant Pot on SAUTE, MEDIUM, and cook the onion and bell pepper 2-3 minutes; add minced garlic and cook 1 minute.
- While those ingredients cook, drain garbanzos into a colander and rinse with cold water. (You can mash them slightly with a potato masher (affiliate link) if you’d like smaller chunks of beans in the soup.)
- Add the other teaspoon of olive oil, and crumble the Italian Sausage into the Instant Pot. Cook sausage, breaking apart with the turner, until sausage is browned.
- Add chicken broth, tomatoes, garbanzo beans (or frozen cauliflower rice), Italian Herb Seasoning (affiliate link), and red pepper flakes (optional) to the Instant Pot.
- Lock lid and set Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 5 minutes.
- When cooking time is up, let pressure release naturally for 10-15 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure.
- Add the basil pesto and set the Instant Pot to SAUTE, LOW and cook about 5-10 minutes more to blend flavors.
- Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.
More Soups with Italian Sausage:
Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sausage and Lentil Soup ~ My Baking Addiction
Low-Carb Italian Sausage Soup with Zucchini Noodles ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Black Bean Soup with Hot Italian Sausage and Spinach ~ Guilty Kitchen
Instant Pot Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
For a version of this soup with a lot less carbs, switch out the can of garbanzo beans for one 12 oz. package frozen cauliflower rice. Using cauliflower rice will lower the carbs to about 15 carbs per serving (and calories, fiber, sugar, and protein will also be slightly less.) I used my favorite turkey Italian sausage, but use pork sausage if you prefer. You can use 5 cups homemade chicken stock if you prefer. Use one more cup chicken stock for stovetop cooking. I love using my frozen Basil Pesto with Lemon for this recipe, but I use my favorite purchased pesto when I don't have any in the freezer. Recipe created by Kalyn and updated for the Instant Pot December 2019.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 545 Total Fat: 37g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 1841mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 27g
For a version of this soup with a lot less carbs, switch out the can of garbanzo beans for one 12 oz. package frozen cauliflower rice. Using cauliflower rice will lower the carbs to about 15 carbs per serving (and calories, fiber, sugar, and protein will also be slightly less.)
I used my favorite turkey Italian sausage, but use pork sausage if you prefer. You can use 5 cups homemade chicken stock if you prefer. Use one more cup chicken stock for stovetop cooking. I love using my frozen Basil Pesto with Lemon for this recipe, but I use my favorite purchased pesto when I don't have any in the freezer.
Recipe created by Kalyn and updated for the Instant Pot December 2019.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
I use lean turkey Italian Sausage and use a generous amount of sausage in proportion to the amount of beans to make this Instant Pot Sausage Soup with Pesto a low-glycemic soup that’s suitable for all phases of the South Beach Diet. If you’d like a soup that’s lower in carbs, replace the garbanzo beans with a package of frozen cauliflower rice.
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