Mom’s sort of taken up Keto. By “sort of,” I mean my nephew’s wife is kickin’ it with keto, so she’s got my mom following suit. So when we went out to visit recently, Mom had whipped up some lovely, carb-friendly Minestrone all ready for lunch. The soup was fantastic, so I took home the recipe.
I made a few changes to suit myself and drop the carbs just a smidge more. Mom’s recipe used a can of Northern beans which, spread out within the whole pot of soup, wasn’t too bad. But I’ve been wanting to try some black soybeans, so I swapped that out and added some crushed red pepper to kick up a little heat.
Really, this would be good with no beans at all if you don’t want. But I like the beans because it makes it a little heartier. So this is (mostly) Mom’s Minestrone, with a few minor tweaks because I can’t leave anything alone. I mean, let’s get real. I’ve made this several times, and each time I put something a little different in it, depending on what I have on hand.
Note: This recipe is for the Instant Pot BUT I have notes for using slow cooker or stovetop. Use what you’ve got, man.
Homemade broth is wonderful in this. Leftover celery or a few cherry tomatoes losing their perk? Plop ’em in! Have canned mushrooms instead of fresh? No worries. It’s soup, man. It’s forgiving as all get-out. Just use a bit of imagination and what you’ve got in your kitchen, and you’ll be rewarded with comfort food at it’s finest, almost as good as Mom made.
Optional: If you are using the soybeans and have the presence of mind to plan ahead, soak overnight the day before, using about 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the water. The internet says it will make them come out a bit better. If you're using canned beans, no beans or just forget, ignore this step.
Heat up your Instant Pot. Once it's hot, put in a little oil and the sausage. Cook until browned.
Make sure there is no sausage stuck to the bottom of your pot. (Otherwise, you may get the dreaded "burn" notice.) Add your black soybeans, all the veggies and seasonings you'll be using. Make sure you don't go over the "Max" fill line for your pot.
Add the broth last, on top of everything else. You can adjust the amount of liquid to suit yourself, adding additional water or broth until you're satisfied.
Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. A very full pot does take longer to come to pressure so be patient. After cooking, let pressure release naturally for another 15 minutes or so. You can then release any remaining pressure manually.
This recipe as-written maxed out my 8-qt Instant Pot, so if you're using a smaller pot, you'll need to scale it down accordingly. Nutritionals are based on the fact that an 8-qt Instant Pot will hold 6 quarts of liquid or 24 cups.You could very easily use your slow cooker or a plain, ol' stockpot for this as well. For a slow cooker, just use low like everything else we cook in those things! And for a stock pot, you'll want to simmer for about 40 minutes. If you're using canned (and hence, pre-cooked beans), just put them in about 20 minutes in.
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 168Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Vitamin A 995IU20%
Vitamin C 14.4mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.