Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana (Sausage and Potato Soup) is hearty and full of flavor. One of my family’s all-time favorites! Very simple to make in your Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana (Sausage Potato Soup)
Bring on the Fall! This Summer has dragged on and on, and I’m ready for boots and sweaters, and pumpkin spice everything! Well, maybe not too much. With all of the fires around us, and the crazy weather all over the country, I’m ready for it all to settle into crisp mornings, and pretty Fall colors on the maple trees! Even some rain, and coming from a Seattle girl…
It was a little cooler today, so I jumped at the chance to make my Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana (Sausage and Potato Soup) and share the recipe with you! I started making this about 3 years ago on the stove in my big Lodge cast iron pot. After getting my Instant Pot, I realized it would be a bit faster to cook and it still tastes every bit as good. And it does taste good!
You can vary from the usual way of making it with kale by using spinach instead. Paul prefers it that way. I use frozen chopped spinach (the kind in the box) thawed, and add it just before the cream. I made this batch with kale because it is a little heartier, and the kale stays fairly firm. Both versions are wonderful!
Another change you can make is by omitting the bacon. WHAT?! I used to make it without the bacon all the time. Then we found a local butcher who smokes his own bacon. I made a batch with a few slices of that smoky bacon, and that was it. Took this already amazing soup right over the top and into the clouds! I recommend it.
Either way you make it, you will end up with a rich, hearty, and very satisfying, rustic Italian inspired Zuppa!
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Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana (Sausage and Potato Soup) is hearty and full of flavor. One of my family's all-time favorites! Very simple to make in your Instant Pot!
- 3 Strips of Thick Cut Smoky Bacon, chopped
- 2 lbs Hot Italian Sausage (use 1 hot and one mild if you don't like much spice)
- 1 Large Onion, chopped
- 1 tsp Oregano, dried
- 5 Cloves of Garlic, pressed or minced
- 4-6 Medium Potatoes, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 6 cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
- 1 Bunch of Kale** chopped, with rib removed
- 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1 Pkg Frozen Chopped Spinach (thawed) or fresh Baby Spinach*
Turn the Instant Pot to Sauté mode, and add the chopped bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon renders out most of its fat. Remove and set aside.
Add the sausage and brown it, stirring a few times. If you can get a good browning on it the flavor will be even better!
Spoon out all but 2 tsp of the fat (enough to cook the onions).
Add the onions, stir them in.
Add the oregano.
When the onions start to look translucent, add the garlic and stir.
Pour in the broth, stirring, and make sure you scrape the bottom of the pot to get up any brown bits (deglaze).
Add the potatoes, and add the bacon back in.
Check to make sure the contents don't go over the Max Fill line marked on the inner liner.
Cancel Sauté mode.
Close the lid, set the steam release knob to Sealing.
Set to Manual (or Pressure Cook), and choose 5 minutes* (High Pressure). The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.
After cooking cycle ends, allow a 10 minute NPR (Natural Pressure Release).
Do a controlled Quick Release for the rest of the steam, and when the pin in the lid drops, open the lid.
Add in the kale, (or thawed spinach, if using) and stir well. Cover and let heat through for 5 minutes or so to soften the kale. If using spinach, just stir it in and proceed to the next step.
Stir in the heavy cream.
*Cook time is time the soup cooks once it is at pressure (and time sautéíng). Full pots of soup can take several minutes to come to pressure.
**You can use spinach in place of the kale. Use fresh baby spinach or thawed frozen chopped spinach.
You shouldn't need to add any salt to this recipe as the meat has plenty in it. Some pepper might be good, but it has a nice little kick of spice if you use hot Italian sausage, and you may not need it.
I was inspired by my visits to the Olive Garden to make this recipe, though I usually use spinach and not kale.
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