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Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

It is cold here, really, really cold.  This tomato spinach soup made in the Instant Pot is a good way to help warm you up. I saw these little grilled cheese croutons on Food Network one day and decided I had to try that.  Just make a regular grilled cheese and cut into cute little cubes.  I love grilled cheese sandwiches, and I like to make lots of different variations, see my Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese recipe when you are in the mood to experiment.  To go with tomato soup, I stuck to the basic white bread and American cheese for this sandwich.

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

 

Saute the onions, then add everything except the milk and spinach. Set the cooking time for 15 minutes on high pressure.  When the pressure is reached and the 15 minutes of cooking time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes.  Release any remaining pressure by turning the nozzle to release.

 

 

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

 

Add the 5 ounce can of evaporated milk to the tomatoes, then stir to incorporate. Gently stir in the spinach.  Make sure the soup is heated through before serving.

 

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

I enjoy eating comforting soup in the winter, but I am certainly ready for some spring weather!

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup:

 

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Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
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6 servings 5 minutes
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20 minutes 10 minutes
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6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
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20 minutes 10 minutes
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6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Grilled Cheese Croutons
Servings: servings
Instructions
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
  1. Gather and Prep all of your ingredients. Dice Onion and grate your carrot.
  2. Turn your Instant Pot on the Saute mode and add olive oil. When it is hot, add the onion and the carrot and saute for a couple of minutes or until softened, stirring often. Add garlic and saute for another minute or less.
  3. Add tomatoes, broth, basil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes into the Instant Pot. Turn off Saute mode. Secure lid and turn the nozzle to Sealing, and set High Pressure Cooking to 15 minutes. After pressure is reached, the 15 minute cook time will begin to count down.
  4. Once 15 minute cooking time has elapsed, let pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes, then turn nozzle to Venting to release any additional pressure. (During the 10 minute time that the pressure is releasing, make your grilled cheese sandwiches)
  5. Remove lid after pressure has completely released. Carefully stir in the evaporated milk, then the spinach. Let soup completely heat thru on the warm setting before spooning into bowls.
Grilled Cheese Croutons
  1. Spread a thin layer of butter on each slice of bread. Place butter side of bread down in a large non-stick skillet. Add cheese on top of bread and cover with additional slice of bread, butter side up. Heat skillet to medium. Let grilled cheese cook slowly to achieve a golden brown color on each side. When both sides are cooked to perfection and cheese is melted, remove to let cool slightly.
  2. When cooled slightly, cut the grilled cheese sandwich into small cubes and serve on top of soup.
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Homemade Italian Seasoning

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Italian Seasoning is by far my favorite seasoning blend, so I figured why not make my own.  There are a lot of good Italian Seasoning blends that you can buy.  I took the best of all the Italian Seasonings that I have bought over the years and came up with my own mixture. It took me a while, and several tries but my final result is terrific!

Homemade Italian Seasoning

I recently made an order from my favorite spice company, Whole Spice.  Here is just a few of the herbs and spices that I ordered that will go in my Homemade Italian Seasoning. Red Pepper Flakes are a must for my perfect blend.

Homemade Italian Seasoning

Mix with a good olive oil and dip a big chunk of bread, YUM!  This is a great way to enjoy this Italian Seasoning blend.  One of my favorite Italian restaurants, Ricatoni’s, serves their own seasoning blend with fresh warm bread. That is always a terrific start to a wonderful meal. Now I can have my own version at home any time I want, once I find the perfect bread recipe it will be complete.

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Homemade Italian Seasoning
Homemade Italian Seasoning
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2 cups (approx) 10 minutes
Homemade Italian Seasoning
Homemade Italian Seasoning
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a glass jar with lid and shake to mix thoroughly.
  2. Store in a cool dry place for at least several months. You can also divide into several small containers and share with family and friends. Use for any recipe that calls for Italian Seasoning or serve with olive oil for a superb bread dip.
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Easy Tomato Sauce

Easy Tomato Sauce

Easy Tomato Sauce

This is a super easy, super versatile tomato sauce.  The sauce is a ruby-red color, it’s thick and pulpy in texture and tastes delicious!  My son went to Italy with a college class last year.  After they got back, his professor had the students over to her house and cooked this sauce.  My son brought me the recipe since he knew I would love it.  I like a little heat, so I did add some red pepper flakes to the original recipe.

Easy Tomato Sauce

Don’t get me wrong, I use jarred tomato sauce all the time, but when I have time to make this great sauce, it’s well worth it.  Use this Mix ‘N Chop from Pampered Chef to easily break up the tomatoes. Get all of the ingredients in the pot, then just let it simmer.  It does need to simmer for at least an hour, so it’s something I do on a weekend when I have plenty of time.

Easy Tomato Sauce

Using good quality ingredients in this sauce will give you great results.  I opted for dried basil and parsley since I just got a shipment of herbs and spices from Whole Spice, but you can certainly use fresh if you have those available.

Easy Tomato Sauce

What could be more perfect than a simple pasta meal?  Next time I think I will drag that pasta maker out of the cabinet and make homemade pasta to go with this sauce.

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this recipe:

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Easy Tomato Sauce
Easy Tomato Sauce
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8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Easy Tomato Sauce
Easy Tomato Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large dutch oven and saute onion until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute about another 30 seconds, stirring well.
  2. Add tomatoes**, tomato paste, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, mix well and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and simmer slowly for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Recipe Notes

** you can break up tomatoes with your hands before you put them in the pot, or after you get them in the pot, you can use the back of a spoon or this Mix 'N Chop.

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Creamy Potato Soup

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Creamy Potato Soup is a real comfort food for me. This slow cooker soup is super simple, it turns out creamy, delicious and satisfying.  You can add as much or as little cheese as you want, but I like cheese, so I always add it to the final product.

Potato Soup4I like to sauté my onions, but you can certainly put them in the crock pot raw if you prefer, or if you are running short on time.

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Cut all of the potatoes close to same size.  I usually cut the carrots a little smaller since they take slightly longer to cook.

Potato Soup

Everything in the crock pot and ready to start cooking!

Creamy Potato Soup
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6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Creamy Potato Soup
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6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook, covered on high setting for at least 4 hours or until vegetables are tender. I usually cook longer, it will depend on your slow cooker, just make sure your vegetables are thoroughly cooked.
  3. After soup has cooked, in a small bowl, stir together the flour and half-and-half and then stir into soup. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes or until completely heated through. Serve with shredded cheese on top if desired, and I normally like a little extra black pepper.
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