Instant Pot Veggie Orzo Soup

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recipe by Michelle Fagone

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based on 2 ratings

Although garnishing this dish with your basic Parmesan cheese will do the trick, try buying a brick of Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano in the fancy section of your supermarket. Use a thicker grate (instead of the fine side) to top this soup. The cheese will hold up longer as you dive into this beautiful dish. And don’t forget to buy the gluten-free orzo! WHAT IF ORZO IS UNAVAILABLE? Orzo, also known as risoni, is simply a rice-shaped pasta. If you can’t find orzo in the store or online, simply replace it with a short-grain white rice.

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recipe updated Jul 1, 2020


  • Celery stalk icon
    Celery stalk
    2 (about 90 g)
  • Carrot icon
    1 (about 50 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    2 (about 12 g)
  • Zucchini icon
    1 (about 195 g)
  • Vegetable broth icon
    Vegetable broth
    5 cups (about 1.105 kg)
  • Onion icon
    1 (about 140 g)
  • Gluten-free orzo icon
    Gluten-free orzo
    ½ cup (about 120 g)
  • Canned diced tomatoes icon
    Canned diced tomatoes
    15 fl oz (about 450 g)
  • Potato icon
    1 (about 173 g)
  • Dried thyme icon
    Dried thyme
    2 tsp (about 3.7 g)
  • Dried oregano icon
    Dried oregano
    2 tsp (about 1.4 g)
  • Salt icon
    1 tsp (about 6 g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    1 tsp (about 2.15 g)
  • Baby spinach icon
    Baby spinach
    3 cups (about 93.6 g)
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    ¼ cup (about 37.8 g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Inner pot

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  1. Add vegetable broth, celery stalk, carrot, onion, garlic clove, gluten-free orzo, canned diced tomatoes, potato, zucchini, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt and black pepper to the inner pot
  2. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  3. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 10 min
  4. Release pressure -
  5. Then add baby spinach to the soup
  6. Stir until wilted
  7. Transfer soup to 4 medium bowls
  8. Garnish with parmesan cheese
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