Posts tagged: Soup Ingredients

Spicy Vegteble Soup in the Instant Pot

By , February 5, 2013

Submitted by Ezzie B.

Baby its cold outside!  I really crave soups this time of year!  I made a good amount of this to take to work during the week, and to share with my neighbors.  I prepared the soup and set it to cook, then took off to the gym.  It was so great to come home to such a heart warming soup on a day that didn’t break 30 degrees!    That’s the beauty of my Instant Pot 6-in-1 pressure cooker.

I use two kinds of jalapenos, fresh and pickled, because I like to adjust the heat as I am making the soup.  Two jalapenos would have been too much, but with just one the soup needed to have a bit more heat added to it. You can add as many jalapenos as you like.

I also use two kinds of broth, a low sodium broth by Pacific and 1 quart of broth made from Watkins chicken broth.  The Watkins adds a bit more depth than the Pacific does.  Feel free to use whichever brand you like.

My neighbors, Wayne and Waneta, to whom I delivered a nice serving of the soup, sent me the following email “What a treat to have our supper delivered to us. The soup was really good & also the bread. It really hit the spot. Thanks again.” I had taken them a loaf of my homemade Semolina bread which went perfect with the soup.


Chop the following vegetables:

  • 1 cup celery (with about an inch of green top part)
  • 1/2 c carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 three inch long fresh jalapeno with membrane and seeds removed

Rest of the ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seed
  • 3 big russet potatoes cubed but leave the peels on
  • 2 1/2 to 3 quarts Pacific low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. Watkins chicken broth
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. chopped pickled jalapenos
  • Chopped cilantro to taste (I used half a bunch in this recipe)


  1. Set Instant Pot on Sauté.
  2. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil to pot and let warm up for a minute or so.  Drop in coriander seeds and cumin seeds and heat until the coriander seeds pop. Put in the chopped celery, carrots onion and jalapeno.  Sauté until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3.  Add in the turmeric, cumin and pickled jalapenos. Once those have released some nice aroma, put in the potatoes and chicken broth.
  4.  Change setting to soup and set for 30 minutes.  Let pressure return to normal.
  5.  Right before serving add in the chopped cilantro.
  6.  Serve with good bread.

Hungarian Lazy Woman Soup and Dumplings

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Pamela F.

Hungarian Lazy Woman Soup and Dumplings 300x225 Hungarian Lazy Woman Soup and DumplingsThe Hungarian Soup:


  • 1 ½ pounds – Round Beef Steak (if you prefer, you may use Chicken) Veggies are 1 cup each of fresh: Cauliflower, Broccoli, (you may add others if you wish. Cabbage will take over this broth though.)
  • 3 – large Carrots
  • 1 – Red Pepper (sliced in half)
  • 4 – Celery stalks
  • 1 – Medium Onion
  • 4 – Potatoes
  • ¼ cup – Soy Sauce (our secret ingrediant)
  • 3 tbs – Hungarian Paprika (or any Paprika)
  • 1 – Quart of regular Tomato Juice (not V8)
  • 2 – cups of water (Note: You may add more if the Dumplings makes it to rich.) Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Do not cut up the vegetables. Just throw them all into the Instant pot with the seasonings and Beef Steak.
  2. Put on the lid and set the Instant Pot cook for 35 minutes on the “Meat” setting.
  3. Release steam and carefully take out all vegetables and Beef Steak. You want a smooth soup. You may blend them up if you wish and re-add them. In this soup though, I typically save them for some another soup and freeze them.
  4. Cut up the Beef Steak and add it back in the broth.
  5. Sent the Instant Pot to Sauté and let the broth heat up and simmer.
  6. Add the dumplings. (Directions below)

The Hungarian Dumplings:

While the soup is cooking – you will want to make the dumplings. (You may cut this recipe in half if you wish)


  • 1 – stick of Butter softened
  • 12 – Eggs
  • 1 – softened large Potato (you may use ½ cup of Instant potato too)
  • 3-5 – cps Flour
  • ½ tsp – each – Paprika, Garlic and Onion powder
  • 1 1/2 – tsp – Salt
  • ¼ tsp – Pepper


  1. Whip up the butter until lightly fluffy
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and mix them until a soft dough-ball starts to form. You want your dough to be slightly sticky to the touch so only add enough flour to form a very soft dough. Mix (or knead) until the dough is smooth.
  3. When the finished soup broth is simmering on the Sauté setting, drop the Dumplings into the hot Broth with a teaspoon. I use two of them. One to grab dough, the other to push it off the spoon. Make sure the Soup remains simmering. In other words, don’t drop them to fast or they will stick together and cause the soup to cool.
  4. Once fully cooked, the Dumplings will float. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes to let the soup flavorings absorb into the wonderful Dumplings!

Note: I top my soup with a sprinkle of Parsley and a dollop Sour Cream! You may add cheese too. :-)