Pressure Cooker Sausage Minestrone

We added Italian sausage to this popular vegetable soup. The cooking time is cut short in the pressure cooker making this soup a great choice for a weeknight meal.


Yield: Serves 10

Pressure Cooker Sausage Minestrone


  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) mild Italian sausage meat
  • 5 cups no-salt-added chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup macaroni or small shell pasta
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Sauté sausage in an 8 quart pressure cooker over medium heat, stirring to break up sausage meat, until browned and completely cooked, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add 1 cup broth and cook, scraping to loosen browned bits.
  3. Add remaining 4 cups broth, onions, zucchini, carrots, celery, tomatoes, beans, macaroni, garlic, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Cover with lid and lock it in place. Bring to high pressure over high heat.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, adjusting heat as needed to maintain high pressure.
  5. Carefully remove from heat and allow steam to release naturally for up to 15 minutes. Keeping a safe distance or using a wooden spoon, quickly release remainder of pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Wearing oven mitts, carefully open lid away from yourself to protect from steam. Stir in basil and parsley.
Nutritional analysis per serving: 316 calories, 17.1 g fat, 15.6 g protein, 26.1 g carbohydrate, 5.1 g fibre, 889 mg sodium
Tip: A pressure cooker is a pot with a special locking lid that allows foods to be cooked quickly at a high temperature under steam pressure. It is ideal for cooking soups, stews and tougher cuts of meat. Look for pressure cookers in department stores and specialty kitchen stores. Most pressure cookers are designed to be used on the stovetop. As pressure cookers vary, always use them according to the manufacturer's instructions.