A perfect soup that is a complete meal in itself - beans, loads of veggies and pasta, topped with cheese and a side of bread. This tastes just like the Olive Garden minestrone soup. Vegetarian-friendly and can easily be made gluten-free and vegan.
Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat olive oil in it.
Add diced onions and minced garlic. Stir and Saute for 2 minutes.
Add diced tomatoes and chopped celery, carrots and zucchini. Add in the italian seasoning, salt, pepper and paprika.
Add in the pasta, vegetable broth and white kidney beans. Stir it all up. Make sure the pasta is under the broth.
Press Cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position. Set to SOUP setting (high pressure) for 5 minutes.
When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Then manually release the pressure.
Stir in the chopped spinach and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Garnish with parmesan cheese (optional) and minestrone soup is ready to serve.
Broth: You can use "Better than Bouillon" base if you prefer. I had low sodium veggie broth at hand and used it.Beans: Same for beans, I used white kidney beans, but any beans you have at hand would work. You could also cook the beans in the instant pot. Soak the beans in ample water for 4 hours and cook them for 20 minutes at high pressure in the instant pot. Then use them in this recipe.Veggies: You can vary veggies to your choice. Some options are bell peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale. Add jalapenos for an extra spice kick.Pasta: I used small elbow macaroni pasta in this soup. Any dry pasta works well in this recipe. I like to use dry pasta and cook it directly in the instant pot with the veggies. If you have pre-cooked pasta ready, you can add that to this soup after pressure cooking along with the spinach and simmer for a few minutes. Vegan Variation: Skip the Parmesan cheese at the end.Gluten Free Variation: Skip the pasta or use a gluten-free pasta.Note: The cook time has been lowered in this recipe to 5 minutes, as that has worked well too. Originally it was 10-20 minutes.