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Instant Pot Italian-Style Winter Soup

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  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Italian sausage with rice and spinach in a delicious broth.


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground or links of Italian sausage (if you use links slice them into half inch rounds)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 6 cups chicken broth (or 6 cups water and 6 tsp Better than Bouillon chicken base)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked converted or long grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 5 ounces coarsely chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream, warmed


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the sauté setting and adjust to “more.” Add in the oil. Let the pot heat up for a couple of minutes. Add in the sausage and brown for about 5 minutes. Add in the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add in the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add in the thyme.
  2. Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so nothing is sticking. Add in the rice.
  3. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the SOUP button to 1 minute.
  4. While the pot is coming to pressure chop your spinach and warm up your dairy (I just stuck mine in the microwave for 30 seconds).
  5. When time is up let the pot sit for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, move the valve to venting. Once you can, remove the lid.
  6. Stir in the parmesan cheese, spinach and half and half. Salt and pepper the soup to taste.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls and top with additional parmesan cheese.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker