Looking for an easy to assemble soup for a busy night? Instant Pot kielbasa soup is a hearty meal that comes together quickly. It can be on the table in about 30 minutes!
This kielbasa soup is based on a soup I found a few years back. I had come across a soup online (actually in my Facebook feed) and decided it looked pretty amazing and I had to try it. Fast forward a year later I go to make it again and poof the link to the recipe was a dead link, an error page now and I cannot even find it online.
I could only remember the basic idea of the soup so I am sure it's probably not the same as the one we made the first time, but it surely is delicious still! The original was not written for the Instant Pot tho.
This is how we make it now and we hope you will love it.
We enjoy it with parmesan cheese on top, but I bet mozzarella on it would be amazing too. Cheesy garlic biscuits are always a nice treat to go with it as well.
Do I have to cook the kielbasa first?
We cook the kielbasa first and set it aside until after we release pressure so it keeps it's flavor and texture, but no you do not have to. If you choose, you can add the kielbasa to the broth and cook it on high pressure.
If you do decide to cook it in with the pasta, it will get softer (yes softer then kielbasa already is) and it won't have that salty flavor that we all know it to have. It is a personal preference tho and hey, dump and go is always easier!
How do I deglaze the inner pot?
Please read this through before making this if you are cooking the kielbasa first like we recommend.
This is very important for you to know now before making this. It might sound overwhelming and at the moment it might look overwhelming, but trust me it will work out. I freaked out the first time and want to make sure you do not.
The kielbasa needs to be removed very quickly when it's time. You then have to be prepared with your oil by your Instant Pot to pour in immediately after taking kielbasa out.
Now, you inner pot WILL have burned stuff on the bottom. Do not panic. It's the stuff from the kielbasa combined with no liquid.
The oil being added followed by the onions will help deglaze the inner pot. As the onions cook, you will see the bottom clearing up a bit.
When it is time to add the broth, add a little bit slowly while stirring. You will see the remaining burned stuff come up and the bottom will look clean again. Hit cancel and follow the remaining instructions for making the Instant Pot kielbasa soup.
Can I add canned beans before pressure cooking?
You can, but we don't recommend it. Canned beans are already cooked so they really just need to be heated up. This is done by adding it to the hot soup after it has cooked.
Canned beans are likely to become mush if you put them in before pressure cooking. I never put canned beans in any dish before cooking.
As a note:
Instant Pot kielbasa soup starts out as a soup when you first start to eat it, but the pasta does absorb the liquid quickly. Leftovers will be more like a pasta dish, but the leftovers are still delicious!
Most boxes of vegetable rotini comes in 12 ounces, but if you get one that is 16 ounces you can use it. Just note that there will be a little less liquid. We like to use this one from Ronzoni as it adds a bit more veggies to your dinner. There is a chance your local store will have it cheaper, but link included to see which one we prefer.
Other great dishes:
Instant Pot Kielbasa Soup
- 14 ounces kielbasa
- 2 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 yellow onion medium to large
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 8 cups chicken broth low sodium
- 12 ounces vegetable rotini pasta see notes
- 15.5 ounces can cannellini beans
- 15.5 ounces can pinto beans
- 8 ounces fresh spinach or frozen
- Slice the kielbasa into thin slices and then quarter the slices. Chop the onion and mince your garlic cloves.
- Turn on the Instant Pot to saute. Once hot, add in the kielbasa and cook for about 2 minutes. Quickly remove the kielbasa and set aside. see notes
- Add in olive oil and onion. Cook for about 2 minutes. Now add in the garlic. Stirring constantly, cook for about 1 minute.
- Add just a little bit of the chicken broth while stirring to deglaze your pot. Hit cancel.
- Add in the pasta, thyme, Italian seasoning and the rest of the chicken broth. Stir to mix and place lid on. Turn the vent to seal. Hit pressure cook/manual and set for 4 minutes. Ours takes about 15 minutes to build pressure
- When done, do a manual quick release. It will take about 2 minutes. Once the pin drops, carefully remove lid. Add in the cannellini and pinto beans, juice and all. Also add in the spinach and kielbasa. Stir to combine and put lid back on. Let sit for a couple of minutes to warm everything up.
- Add in the cannellini and pinto beans, juice and all. Also add in the spinach and kielbasa. Stir to combine and put lid back on loosely - do not seal. Let sit for a couple of minutes to warm everything up.Enjoy!