Carol's Favorite Winter Soup

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"Soup is always a good idea."

I bought myself an Instant Pot sometime last year and I've been experimenting with recipes ever since. My favorite thing to make in the Pot is soup. It's my kind of cooking because it's a matter of dumping everything in, turning the pot on, and letting it do its thing.  It's very convenient because I make up a batch and divide it into individual serving bowls and put them in the freezer for a quick and easy meal on demand. 


The following recipe isn't really a recipe because It's more of a list of ingredients and I mostly wing it. It is a little different each time. I change it up depending on what I have on hand and whether I'm going for the low carb version, which is fairly often.



1  bottle of light beer
2  cut-up salmon patty burgers (I get them at Costco)
1  7 oz can Albacore tuna (with juice)

1  28 oz can of Rotel (I use the Original version but they also have a Mild version)
2  10.5 oz cream of mushroom soup
1  chopped onion
2  12 oz pkgs mixed frozen vegetables
Several dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Spices per personal preference:
Herb and garlic spice (I use about 1/3 cup)
Johnny seasoning (several shakes)
Other spices of choice. My step-daughter likes to ad cumin

Optional ingredients
1 - 2  cups sliced mushrooms
1  large potato (more if you want)
1 15.5 oz can of kidney beans 

I include mushrooms if I have them on hand but rarely use the potatoes or beans because I like to keep the soup low carb AND I have limited space in the Pot. If I include potatoes I don't include beans and vice versa. I have a 6-quart size. I need to get the 8-quart version for all ingredients. 

You can choose any kind of meat you want. I've used chicken and steak too. One of my favorites was when I was able to buy some cheap steaks. That hasn't happened since, so I haven't done steak lately. However, I did try some Montreal steak seasoning with the salmon and tuna and it was a nice addition.  

Also: If you don't want to use beer you can substitute chicken or beef broth depending on your meat selection. The beer just gives it a little bit of extra zip.

When you have all your ingredients in the Pot put the lid on, be sure the release valve is closed.
* Set for 10 minutes at high pressure
It takes about 20 - 25 minutes to come up to pressure
* When the 10 minutes is up, let it do a natural release for 10 minutes then do a quick release. Your soup is done! 

With the prep time, getting up to pressure time, cook time, and release time it takes just over an hour from start to finish. 

Enjoy! 

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Carol Williams
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Hi Sharon Lee 
I sure do enjoy it. Soup is such a great meal because you get the whole meal in a bowl. Love it.

Dec 22, 2020 07:20 AM #12
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Carol Williams
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 
The Soup Nazi. LOL   I've made soups for years but way more often now with the convenience and speed of the Instant Pot.  I love it.

Dec 22, 2020 07:22 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England 
One of my greatest challenges when my husband passed away was adjusting to cooking for one. I find the Instant Pot to be a wonderful way to batch cook and always have a "full meal deal" on hand. 

BTW: If you do get an Instant Pot, don't make the mistake of getting the small one because you're cooking for one. I have the 6 qt which is the second largest and wish I had the 8 quart.  Someday.

Dec 22, 2020 07:25 AM #14
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Carol in my house we call that "Must Go Soup".  Everything that hasn't been eaten that must go ...... LOL

Dec 22, 2020 08:42 AM #15
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Hi George Souto 
That's a good way to put it!

Dec 22, 2020 10:16 AM #16
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Hello Carol, it is my favorite time of year .. and I love making and eating my homemade soups and chili.  Easy peasy - I put it all in a pot or crockpot, and it cooks itself.  It is healthy and fresh and takes less time than waiting for "fast" food. 

Dec 22, 2020 12:10 PM #17
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Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist ,
Honestly, I make soups all year long, but this is definitely the best time of year for soups and chilis.

Dec 22, 2020 02:17 PM #18
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That sounds like a wonderful soup recipe, Carol.  I nearly always use Montreal Steak on my Salmon.  I love it!

Dec 22, 2020 07:38 PM #19
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 
Wow... and I thought I was being so original!  What a happy discovery it was. 

Dec 23, 2020 05:13 AM #20
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Thank you very much, Carol, for sharing your winter soup suggestions.

Take care, be safe and enjoy the holidays.

Dec 23, 2020 06:27 AM #21
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Carol Williams
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You're very welcome, Roy Kelley 
Have a wonderful day!

Dec 23, 2020 07:17 AM #22
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I sent a copy to Chef Dolores on Facebook for her soups file.

Dec 23, 2020 08:39 AM #23
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Carol Williams
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That's great. Thank you, Roy Kelley 
I hope she makes you a batch!  If she does, let me know if you like it.

Dec 24, 2020 03:17 AM #24
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Good morning Carol Williams ,

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley reblogged your post on your favorite winter soup! Looks like a good one that I will have to try!

Dec 25, 2020 05:48 AM #25
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Hello Carol,  I will give one a try but may have to buy a 6 pack of lite beer and I do not drink beer.

 

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Hi Carol:

Thanks for sharing your recipe - sounds excellent, especially for the chillier months. I'd probably have some sourdough bread on the side! I know, not exactly low carb.

Jeff

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Oh yum! I also use beer in soups (and chili) and love the added flavor. And, the only thing I have mastered in my InstaPot is soup too! Isn't that funny - nothing else seems worth the effort but, soups turn out amazing in it. 

Thank you fo rsharing this recipe, Carol - it looks and sounds wonderful!

Dec 27, 2020 09:33 AM #28
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I’m glad I stopped by again to get this recipe again if not for the first time. I can’t quite remember but this is one I have to make!

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Tis the season to have a bowl of soup. It keeps one warm after dinner. 

Thanks

Sam

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We got our instant pot for Christmas 2019 and I can honestly say we haven't made soup in a yet but this looks like a wonderful recipe to try out Carol Williams 

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