Instant Pot Tomato Basil Parmesan Tortellini Soup

  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups of soup 1x


A creamy tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini that is made quickly in your electric pressure cooker.  



  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced celery (3 ribs)
  • 1 cup diced carrots (1 large carrot)
  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (or 4 cups water + 4 tsp better than bouillon chicken base*)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 (19 oz) bag frozen cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups half and half (or heavy cream or evaporated milk)
  • 1 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the oil. Swirl the oil around. Add in the onion and saute for 3 minutes. Add in the carrots and celery and saute for 1 minute.
  2. Add in the broth, tomatoes, basil, oregano, bay leaf, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes. Once the time is up let the pot sit there for an additional 5 minutes (display will say L0:05) then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  4. Turn the pot back to the saute setting. Pour in the frozen tortellini. They will cook in about 2-4 minutes.
  5. Warm up the dairy in the microwave for about 90 seconds. Then stir a ladleful of soup into the dairy. This will prevent curdling. Then stir the dairy/soup mixture into the Instant Pot. Stir until it is incorporated. Then sprinkle in the parmesan cheese and stir.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls and serve.


I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.

Half and half is half cream and half whole milk. You can find it next to the heavy cream at your grocery store.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup of soup
  • Calories: 251
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 656 mg
  • Fat: 34 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Protein: 7 g

Keywords: soup