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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
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
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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Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf

Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf

Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf

This meatloaf is by far the best I have ever made!  I have used this same recipe several times, but it came out much better tonight.  I wrote down everything I did this time, so I could share these wonderful results with you.

Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf

Mix all of the ingredients just until combined.  You don’t want to overwork the meat. I’ll say that again – don’t overwork your meatloaf!  Mix with your hands until ingredients are just combined.  Form into a loaf, and it does not have to be a perfect shape.

Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf

Layer your bacon on top of the meatloaf.  It can be any pattern that you choose.  Doing the criss-cross does have one drawback, and that is that the parts of the bacon that are under another piece is not as cooked through.  I like my bacon crispy so that bothers me a little.  But I sacrificed this time just so the meatloaf would look it’s best.

Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf

Not only does this meatloaf look terrific, it tastes wonderful!  My husband commented several times about how much he liked this meatloaf. It was just as good the next day too.

Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf

This meatloaf helps you sneak an extra serving of vegetables into our meal.  You can see the little carrot shreds, but no one will really be able to taste them.  Gather all of the ingredients for this meatloaf and give it a try.  I know your family will love it!

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf:

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Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf
Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf
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6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf
Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf
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6 people 10 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
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60 minutes
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Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet, add carrot and onion and cook until tender. Add the garlic for the last 30 seconds or so. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except Bacon and mix until just combined well. It works best just to mix with your hands. (for a moist meatloaf, don't over mix)
  4. Form into a loaf, place in a baking dish and lay the bacon strips on top in a criss-cross pattern or lengthwise, if desired.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour. If you want the bacon crispier, turn oven to broil for the last 5 minutes. (watch constantly if you do this or your bacon will burn)
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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
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1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Easy Tomato Sauce
Easy Tomato Sauce
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8 people 5 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 5 minutes
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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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Turkey Orzo Soup

Turkey Orzo Soup

Turkey Orzo Soup

This soup is a wonderful use of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!  It is warm, comforting and oh so delicious.  Lately, my experimenting in the kitchen has not been going as great as I like it to.  There have been several recipes that just didn’t taste as great as I wanted, so of course they didn’t make the blog.  This recipe, however, was even better than I anticipated.  It is definitely one of my new favorite soups.

Turkey Orzo Soup

The soup starts off with onion, mushrooms, carrots and garlic.

Turkey Orzo Soup

Everything in this soup just blends so well together.  None of the ingredients overtook the other ingredients.  You can certainly substitute some rotisserie chicken for the turkey.  I actually used some turkey that I had frozen from the last time I cooked a turkey breast and it worked perfectly.

Turkey Orzo Soup

This soup would also make a great replacement for the standard chicken noodle when you are feeling a little under the weather.  I really just can’t say it enough, this soup was wonderful!!  I am just so pleased at how it turned out and I think you and your family will be pleased too.

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

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Turkey Orzo Soup
Turkey Orzo Soup
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4 large servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 large servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Turkey Orzo Soup
Turkey Orzo Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 large servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: large servings
Instructions
  1. Add canola oil to a large pot or dutch oven, and heat over medium high.
  2. Add onion when oil is hot and cook for about 3 minutes or until softened, stirring often.
  3. Add mushrooms and carrots and cook for about another 5 minutes, add garlic for the last minute. Also add about another tablespoon of oil if all of your oil has absorbed.
  4. Add flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring most of the time.
  5. Add the chicken stock, marjoram, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, then bring to simmer. Turn heat to medium low and cook about 20 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  6. Add turkey and orzo, and cook another 10 minutes. **
  7. Stir in half and half and bring back up to heat and you are ready to enjoy!
Recipe Notes

**After you add your orzo and it begins to absorb your liquid, if your soup is too thick, just add a little water or even more chicken stock.  I had to add even more water to my leftovers to thin it out a bit.

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Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast

Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast

Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast

This Pot Roast is absolutely incredible!!  It is super tender, which is the only way a truly great post roast should be, at least in my opinion.  Because no matter how great the flavor, if the meat is tough, it’s just not something I want to eat. My roast was 3 1/2 pounds so it was enough for lots of left overs, since I am only cooking for 2 these days.  An open-face roast beef sandwich is a super easy and perfect meal after working all day.

Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, any pressure cooker should work, just adjust the instructions for your machine.  I like starting off by browning the roast, it adds to the flavor.  If your roast is more than 3 1/2 pounds you will probably want to add some time to ensure it is fall-apart tender.  The tenderness of your roast will also depend on your cut of meat.  Buy the cut of meat that you like, or that is on sale (mine was on BOGO at Publix), but just remember to adjust your cooking time if you have a tougher cut of meat.

Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast

You can certainly add some potatoes in with the carrots, and I usually do that.  This time, I had decided to serve mine over mashed potatoes and that was delicious. You can also thicken your gravy by adding a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch dissolved in some water) into the existing gravy and continuing to heat on the saute setting of the Instant Pot.

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Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast
Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast
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1 1/2 hours 20 minutes
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8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 1/2 hours 20 minutes
Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast
Instant Pot Incredible Pot Roast
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1 1/2 hours 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 1/2 hours 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add canola oil to your Instant Pot and set on Saute mode. When heated, add your roast and brown on each side. (it won't be easy to turn the roast over, but with the help of some good tongs you can do it)
  2. Remove roast when browned and add onion to the Instant Pot, continuing on the Saute mode. If you need to, you can add a little more oil. Stirring often, let the onion cook to the stage of becoming translucent, and add the garlic. Let the garlic cook for about 30 seconds while continuing to stir.
  3. Add the red wine to the Instant Pot, and try to scrape any bits that have stuck to the bottom with a large spoon or spatula. Turn the Saute mode off and stir in the tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, and thyme.
  4. Carefully, add the roast back to the Instant Pot, then add the beef broth.
  5. Put lid on Instant Pot and set the valve to Sealing. Turn on the Manual Pressure and set to 70 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to get up to pressure, then the time will begin to count down.
  6. Once the 70 minute cook time is complete, let the pressure release naturally for at least 5 minutes, then turn the valve to Venting and allow the remaining pressure to release. After all pressure has released, remove the lid. At this point, check the tenderness of your roast and make sure it is tender. (if it feels tough, you may want to cook another 10 minutes before adding carrots, but that is up to you, not everyone wants their meat as tender as I do)
  7. Add your carrots on top of the roast, put lid back on and set valve to Sealing again. Turn on the Manual Pressure and set to 10 minutes (or 6-8 minutes if your carrots are cut small). It will again take approximately 10 minutes to reach pressure, then your cook time will begin.
  8. Once the cook time has completed, you can let the pressure release on its own or go ahead and turn the valve to Venting and allow pressure to release immediately. Remove lid and you are ready to serve.
  9. ***If you want your gravy to be thicker, remove your roast and carrots and turn the Saute mode back on the Instant Pot. Mix together about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cool or room temperature water and once the gravy has reach a nice simmer, add the cornstarch slurry and stir as it thickens. Once it has thickened, ladle over your roast.
Recipe Notes

** if you don't have red wine or don't want to use wine, you can just increase the beef broth.

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