Chicken Sausage and Bean Soup in the Instant Pot

I seem to be stuck in a soup and stew rut.  It’s just so cold and dreary–soup hits the spot!  And, I’m feeding a crowd these days and a big pot of soup goes a long way!  This one would be super simple and quick done on the stovetop since I used a precooked beans.  I could have made it with dry beans and it wouldn’t have taken much longer.  It is so fast to prepare dry beans in the Instant Pot!   But I had a jar of beans that needed to be used.

I used 2 packages of mild Italian Chicken Sausage.  You could use smoked sausage or regular pork Italian Sausage.

I selected Saute and used the Adjust button to change it to the hottest setting and waited for the display to say “HOT.”  Then I added a couple of Tbl of olive oil and let it get hot.  I sliced the sausage into bit size pieces and threw it into the pot.  I chopped an onion and a stalk of celery and added it into the meat and let them all cook until the onions were see-through.  wp-1484507819357.jpg

Then I poured in 2 cups of chicken broth and scraped up the bits that might have been stuck.  I dumped in the big jar of cooked beans (you could use 4 cans of beans.)  I added 1 Tbl of Tastefully Simple Pizzeria Seasoning and 1 Tbl of Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic.

I gave it a good stir, closed the lid and pressed MANUAL and then used the +/- buttons to change the time to 10 minutes.  wp-1484507819984.jpg

When the pressure cycle was complete, I moved the valve to VENTING and then served it up!  Very filling and satisfying on this cold winter day!wp-1484507819342.jpg

Chicken Sausage and Bean Soup in the Instant Pot

2 packages of 4 mild chicken sausages (1.5 pounds total) or sausage of choice
2 Tbl olive oil
1 med onion chopped
1 stalk celery
1 48 oz jar or 4 cans of Great Northern or Navy beans
2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbl of Tastefully Simple Pizzeria Seasoning
1 Tbl of Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic

Select SAUTE and use the ADJUST button to change it to the hottest setting.  Wait for the display to say HOT and then add the olive oil.  Slice sausage into bite-sized pieces and chop onions and celery into small pieces. Add the sausage, onion and celery to the hot oil.  Let saute until the vegetables are soft.   Select CANCEL and add chicken broth to the pot, scraping the bottom to get off any stuck pieces.  Add beans and seasonings.  Secure lid and be sure the valve is set to SEALED.  Chose MANUAL and use the +/- to adjust the time to 10 minutes.  When pressure cycle is ended, release the pressure or allow it to release naturally.  Stir and serve.

I served this with popovers–one of my FAVORITE breads!  They are so much fun and so easy to make!  Try this recipe from King Arthur Flour –one of my favorite sources of baked good recipes!

 

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