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Gluten-free Instant Pot Italian Wedding Soup

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

This soup is full of flavor and it's a great way to get some healthy greens and protein! I put a healthy spin on this popular Italian soup without compromising the taste one bit. Made in the instant pot, this soup only takes a total of 30 minutes to make (including prep time). This recipe is also paleo-friendly and can be made dairy and egg-free! It tastes even yummier as leftovers the next day.

Ingredients for meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 lbs organic ground turkey or ground chicken

  • 1/4 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 TBSP dried oregano

  • 1/2 TBSP basil

  • 2 TBSP grated romano or parmesean cheese (or nutritional yeast to make it dairy-free)

Ingredients for the soup:

  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth

  • 4 celery stalks, diced

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 carrots, diced

  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 2 tsp thyme

  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 2 TBSP coconut oil or ghee

  • 2 eggs, beaten (omit if egg-free)


In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix by hand. Scoop with a tablespoon and form into meatballs and set aside.

Plug in the instant pot and press the "saute" button. Add coconut oil or ghee when "hot" and add onion, celery and carrots. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, crushed red pepper, sea salt and black pepper. Stir in kale and add vegetable broth and lemon juice. Cook for 2 more mintues.

Press "cancel/keep warm" and then press "manual. Press the "+" button until it is set on 20 minutes. Attach the lid with the pressure seal closed. Once timer goes off, release the pressure valve (with a thick towel or oven glove) until all the steam is released.

Press "saute" and add beaten eggs while stirring in a circular motion and cook for 2 minutes until eggs are cooked. Turn off the instant pot and ladle the soup into bowls and dig in!!

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