Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

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recipe by Julee Morrison

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Zuppa Toscana translates to “soup in the style of Tuscany,” though the addition of cream makes this an Americanized version. I used to make it over the stove, but seriously, who can wait that long? I don’t regret the time I used to put into it; it’s how I perfected this recipe. This soup is loaded with spicy Italian sausage, fresh kale, and russet potatoes in a creamy broth, and with the Instant Pot®, it’s super easy to make. Everyone loves it, so you’ll want to stock up.

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recipe updated Feb 4, 2020


  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    2 (about 12 g)
  • Russet potato icon
    Russet potato
    2 (about 360 g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 tbsp (about 13.65 g)
  • Onion icon
    1 cup (about 163.2 g)
  • Italian sausage icon
    Italian sausage
    454 g (about 2 cups)
  • Red pepper flakes icon
    Red pepper flakes
    ¼ tsp (about 0.2 g)
  • Low-sodium chicken broth icon
    Low-sodium chicken broth
    397.25 g (about 1 ¾ cups)
  • Water icon
    4 cups (about 960 g)
  • Kale icon
    2 cups (about 41.18 g)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    as needed
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    as needed
  • Heavy cream icon
    Heavy cream
    1 cup (about 240 g)
  • Bacon icon
    6 slices


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  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Add olive oil to the inner pot
  2. Pre-heat until hot - Sauté, Normal
  3. Then add onion and italian sausage to the inner pot
  4. Sauté - 5 min
  5. Stir garlic clove and red pepper flakes into the inner pot
  6. Add low-sodium chicken broth to the inner pot
  7. Deglaze with a wooden spoon
  8. Stir russet potato and water into the inner pot
  9. Scatter kale over the inner pot
  10. Season with sea salt and black pepper
  11. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  12. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 15 min
  13. Release pressure -
  14. Then stir heavy cream into the inner pot
  15. Heat through
  16. Stir bacon into the inner pot
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