The Instant Pot is such a great tool for quick easy meals. Just throw the ingredients in and forget about it until it's ready to eat! (Set it and forget it) It's also great if you're feeding multiple people or if you want to have leftovers for the week!
So here I wanted to share with you this delicious immune- boosting soup that is super flavorful and easy to make and is sure to please.
I hope you enjoy it!
1. Chop potatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic cloves. Add them to your instant pot.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is covered with broth.
3. Close the lid and set the vent to "sealing" and pressure cook for 30 mins on the soup/stew setting.
4. Once the pressure cooker beeps after 30 mins, let it sit and naturally release steam for another 15-20 mins.
5. Then turn the pressure valve to "venting" to release any extra steam before opening the lid.
6. Serve warm!
**This soup will thicken up the longer it sets, the pictures I took were a day after I made the soup and it thickened up quite a bit.
**Store in the fridge up to 5 days!
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