I’m continuing my “Mini Series” of recipes for the 3 quart electric pressure cooker with Instant Pot Mini – Game Hen Noodle Soup. My love of soup is no secret. I even wrote a small ecookbook with soup recipes for the Instant Pot. This soup is comforting and very much like chicken noodle soup, only made with a Cornish game hen. Simple to make, and quick, too!
Instant Pot Mini – Game Hen Noodle Soup
I have loved Cornish Game Hens since I was a kid. It was so fun to see if I could eat a whole one by myself! Mom roasted them in the oven, and I have cooked them many ways myself. When I was deciding what to make for this “Mini Series” I got to thinking how perfect they are for the 3 quart pressure cooker. They’re so tiny!
I have made chicken noodle soup using a whole chicken since I learned to cook. I simmer the bird for 2 hours and then remove it and debone it and toss the meat back in. Then I started making it in the Instant Pot and it was faster, and tasted just as wonderful!
I figured why not make a “chicken” noodle soup for the 3 quart ‘Mini’ using my technique, with a Cornish Game Hen? They taste like chicken (ha!) and do make a nice little pot of soup!
Now we have Instant Pot Mini – Game Hen Noodle Soup! It cooks in about 15 minutes and makes 5 cups of soup. Just enough for 2 or 3 servings.
Stay tuned for more recipes for the 3 quart Mini electric pressure cooker. And enjoy this Instant Pot Mini – Game Hen Noodle Soup.
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Instant Pot Mini - Game Hen Noodle Soup for the 3 quart Mini electric pressure cooker. Comforting, and just like like chicken noodle soup, but made with a Cornish game hen. Simple to make, and quick, too!
- 1 Cornish Game Hen* (AKA Rock Cornish hen)
- 4 cups Water, divided
- 1 small Onion, chopped
- 1 Celery Stalk
- 2 medium Carrots, chopped
- 3 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 2 tsps Rubbed Sage
- 1 sprig Fresh Thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
- 1 sprig Fresh Rosemary, about 3"-4" long
- 1 1/2 cups Wide Egg Noodles
Place 3 cups of the water in the inner liner of the pressure cooker. Turn on the Sauté feature to begin heating it up.
Cut the game hen in half lengthwise (This helps make room for all of the ingredients) and put it in the pot with the water.
Add all other ingredients except the egg noodles.
Place the lid on the pot and set the steam release knob to Sealing.
Cancel the Sauté function.
Press the Pressure Cook button. Set time to 11 minutes using the + or - button.
When cook cycle ends, let pot naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Then manually release the remaining pressure by turning the knob to Venting.
When the pin in the lid drops, it is safe to open the lid.
Open and take out game hen with tongs and place in a bowl.
Turn on the Sauté function again.
Stir the soup. Taste and adjust salt, if needed.
Add the remaining 1 cup of water and the noodles to the pot and the cook for 5-8 minutes, or until noodles are done.
Meanwhile, debone the game hen and use a fork to break apart the meat or shred it. Set aside.
When noodles are cooked, cancel the Sauté function and add the game hen meat to back into the soup and stir.
Serve with some warm, crusty bread!
*You could also use half of a small chicken, or a 2 pound or less chicken.
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