Pressure Cooker Creamy Garden Tomato Soup is a delicious recipe made in your Instant Pot with ripe tomatoes from the garden along with Parmesan, balsamic vinegar and pesto for amazing flavor!
Pressure Cooker Creamy Garden Tomato Soup
Are you still enjoying the fruits of your labor in the garden? Tomatoes are nearing the end of their season here in the Midwest, but there are still some ripe ones for the picking. Hopefully you still have some garden tomatoes left to make this amazingly delicious Pressure Cooker Creamy Garden Tomato Soup in your Instant Pot or a fresh batch of Garden Salsa. This soup is bursting with fresh bright flavors from pesto, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese. Store bought canned tomato soup is no comparison to this recipe!
If tomatoes are out of season for you, you can certainly used canned tomatoes as a substitute. Honestly that is a better option than the hard woody tomatoes you find in the grocery store in the middle of the winter. They have so little flavor that they don’t contribute much to a dish, whereas canned tomatoes are usually preserved at their peak freshness. None of those can come close to ripe garden tomatoes though!
After you have made all the BLTs a person can eat in the summer with those amazingly sweet tomatoes, give this Pressure Cooker Creamy Garden Tomato Soup a try for something different. All tomato soup goes great with a grilled cheese and this one is no exception. Slather some fresh bread with butter and pile it high with your favorite cheese, like Havarti and grill up a quick sandwich to pair with this soup. It’s a stellar combination that can’t be beat!
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 c. small yellow onion
- 6 cloves garlic, diced
- 3 lb. garden tomatoes OR 3 (14.5-ounce) cans fire-roasted tomatoes
- 3 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 c. chicken stock
- 2 tsp. granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp. basil pesto
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 1 bay leaf
- ¾ cup Half & Half
- ½ c. grated Parmesan
- fresh basil for garnish - optional
- Add your tomatoes to a large bowl and pour boiling water over them. After a few minutes, using dishwashing gloves to protect your hands from the heat, peel and core the tomatoes.
- Turn your electric pressure cooker to saute and add the butter. When the butter is melted add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Turn off the saute function.
- Add the remaining ingredients except the Half & Half & Parmesan. Set the pressure cooker for 5 minutes on high pressure and turn the valve to seal.
- When the time is up, release the pressure using the valve and carefully remove the bay leaf.
- Add the Parmesan and Half & Half to the pot and transfer the soup in batches to your blender. Blend the soup until it is smooth. Serve topped with fresh basil or homemade croutons.
- (If you don't have a blender, you can use an immersion blender in the pressure cooker to blend it, but it won't be as smooth.)