Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup {Instant Pot option}




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Paleo Minestrone Soup Recipe

If you’ve ever had a classic minestrone soup, you probably noticed the addition of noodles, orzo, or rice to the base vegetable soup. Minestrone is one of those recipes that traditionally doesn’t have an exact set of ingredients, as it’s usually made with whatever vegetables and ingredients are readily on hand. But the base is always a broth, vegetables, beans, and some sort of starch.

Slowcooker Paleo Minestrone Soup {grain-free | dairy-free | whole30 | vegan option}

Whole30 Minestrone Soup

Given that paleo food is made without legumes and grains, this cuts out about half of minestrone ingredients. Fortunately, the flavor of this minestrone soup (which can be prepared in either a slowcooker or a pressure cooker) makes up for the fact that there are no beans or noodles. This is a hearty, flavorful, paleo vegetable minestrone soup (though we like to add meat)… and the leftovers can feed your family for days.

Slowcooker Paleo Minestrone Soup {grain-free | dairy-free | whole30 | vegan option}

A Paleo Vegetable Soup Recipe

We have enjoyed this soup both with and without the addition of the pork sausage, so it is both Whole30 and vegan friendly. This minestrone soup tastes even better than the endless soup from a certain chain restaurant, and you can make your own endless salad to go along with it.

Traditional Cooking Methods

With classic minestrone, there’s no fixed (or official) recipe. This means that Minestrone will vary widely across the world depending on traditional cooking methods, ingredients, and season (what veggies are in season). Minestrone sometimes ranges from a thick and dense consistency with boiled-down vegetables, to a more broth heavy soup with large quantities of diced and lightly cooked vegetables. Our version is meant to be a delicious mix of broth and diced veggies with meat.

A Substantial Soup

In modern Italian there are three words corresponding to the English word ‘soup’: zuppa, which is used in the sense of tomato soup, or fish soup; minestra, which is used in the sense of a more substantial soup such as a vegetable soup, and also for ‘dry’ soups, namely pasta dishes; and minestrone, which means a very substantial or large soup or stew, though the meaning has now come to be associated with this particular dish.

Paleo Minestrone Soup {grain-free | dairy-free | whole30 | vegan option}
Slowcooker Minestrone Soup

Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup

Cook Time varies depending on if you use the slowcooker (6-8 hours) method or the Instant Pot (35 minutes).
Course Main Course
Servings 12
Calories 254kcal
Author Kendra Benson


  • 2 Tbsp Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Sweet Potato diced
  • 1 cup Carrots diced
  • 2 Celery Stalks diced
  • 2 Zucchini Squash diced
  • 2 Shallots diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 28 oz Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Spinach (no need to thaw) -or- 1 cup packed Fresh Spinach chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1-1/2 lb Ground Pork Sausage leave out for vegan option, cooked and crumbled


Instant Pot (Electric Pressure Cooker) Method

  • Place the olive oil in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the prepared sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, shallots, and garlic to the crock pot. Pour in the chicken/vegetable broth.
  • Add the entire can of diced tomatoes, oregano, basil, parsley, cayenne, salt, and crumbled pork.
  • Stir everything together and add the bay leaves. Put the lid on and turn to lock it in place, moving the vent to the "Sealing" position. Press the "Soup/Stew" button (it will start on it's own). When the cycle is complete, manually release the pressure. When all the pressure is released, carefully open the lid away from your face.
  • Add the spinach to the hot soup and let it wilt. Remove bay leaves before serving.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week or freeze in individual portions for up to 6 months.

Crockpot (Slowcooker) Method

  • Place the olive oil in the bottom of a crock pot. Add the prepared sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, shallots, and garlic to the crock pot. Pour in the chicken/vegetable broth.
  • Add the entire can of diced tomatoes, oregano, basil, parsley, cayenne, salt, and crumbled pork.
  • Stir everything together, add the bay leaves, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours (we prefer 8 hours). Add the spinach to the hot soup and let it wilt. Remove bay leaves before serving.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week or freeze in individual portions for up to 6 months.
This paleo minestrone soup has all the flavor of your favorite Italian restaurant version but without all the added sugars and grains. It's Whole30-friendly, dairy-free, and even has a vegan option. #paleo #whole30



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Last Updated 08/10/2019

42 Responses to “Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup {Instant Pot option}”

  1. This is delicious and so easy! I waited to put add the zucchini with the sausage so it wouldn’t get too soggy.

    • 5 stars
      5 *****! Couldn’t figure out how to review this so I hit reply under another commenter. I made this today & was nervous simply because I didn’t have the exact ingredients but it was DELICIOUS! I made it on top of the stove! I sauteed the veggies in olive oil ( no shallots so used an onion), Also sauteed Jennie-O Italian turkey links in separate pan, (removed casing) since I didn’t have pork. And I went ahead & dumped the whole 32 oz. chicken broth even though it calls for 28 ounces. Boiled 5 minutes, simmered a few hours…Mama Mia that is some delish Minestrone! Thanks for sharing…

  2. Could you just throw everything in at once if you don’t have time to brown the sausage?

    • Shouldn’t be a problem, though I have never personally done that, so I couldn’t say for sure.

  3. I’ve made this 3 times now, but have used different flavors of chicken or turkey sausage. Tastes great and freezes well too. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  4. You may want to watch out for Pacific broths. I have had to switch brands since they add sugar.

    • Their Vegetable Broth is the only one I’ve found that does not contain sugar. The chicken broth does, which is why I stick to their veggie broth.

  5. Do I have to do this in a crockpot? Can I do it over the stove and save time?

  6. WOW! This turned out awesome! Whole family enjoyed this great meal and left just two helpings for lunch the next couple of days. 5 out of 5 stars!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, minus the parsley; substituted chili powder for cayenne & green onions for shallots. Turned out great! We used Italian sausage for the meat. O-m-g!

  8. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight. I am a college student trying to eat paleo. It’s hard when you’re short on time and money! But this turned out excellent! I have lots of extra to freeze. I used 2 lbs of grass fed beef instead of pork.
    I will be making again!

  9. Absolutely incredible, are it three nights in a row and started planning to make it again. Did it stovetop because I didn’t have all day to wait, holding the zucchini out to put in the end so it didn’t overcook. Used chipotle instead of cayenne … Drool-worthy

    • Not sure why my rating didn’t come through, but 11 stars all the way!!!

    • Looove this! I wait till I put the sausage in (about 3 hours before done) to put the sweet potato and zucchini in. When I put them in at the beginning they get too mushy in my opinion.

  10. 4 stars
    This was a great recipe! My husband and I loved it and I look forward to making it again.

  11. What do you mean by prepared sweet potato? Do you blanch it to get the skin off and then cut it up? Or something different?

    • I just peel the sweet potato and cut it up, no need to blanch.

  12. 5 stars
    I just made this yesterday and it was AMAZING. I used the vegetable broth and skipped the meat. My kid wouldn’t eat the veggies, but said the soup broth was incredible!

  13. If I got this put together too late for the 8 hr cook time on low how can modify this for high heat? How many hours? (To make my question more specific :))

    • You could probably get away with 3-4 hours. The veggies might have a bit more bite to it, but it should still be good. Do you have a pressure cooker? We have the Instant Pot and it only takes about an hour to make this soup in that.

  14. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe. I make it all the time and both with-and-without the pork it is always a huge hit. Thank you so much for posting this!

  15. Which setting and for how long do you cook this for in your instant pot?

  16. What’s the nutrition facts on this soup?

  17. Delicious Kendra! Perfect for when it’s cold outside and you are wanting something to warm you up and fill you up! Thanks for sharing:)

  18. This is the best crockpot soup recipe I’ve ever made, I made it as directed with the pork – used a mix of sweet and mild Italian sausage. Fantastic, thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    Do you think I could throw all the ingredients in a freezer bag and freeze this to crockpot later? We do a freezer meal swap once a month and I’d love to make this for everyone. It’s SO GOOD!!!

    • I don’t see why not. I keep meaning to try it but haven’t yet. If you do, I’d love to hear how it turns out.

  20. Thanks so much for the recipes and meal plans! So helpful. Just wanted to point out that the instructions for the crock pot seem to indicate two different times to toss the spinach in. Hope it doesn’t matter much.

    • Thanks for letting me know. I prefer to add it at the end so it doesn’t get too mushy and fixed the directions to indicate that.

  21. WITH the instant pot recipe, are you supposed to brown the sausage first, then add it?


    • Yes.

    • How long do you cook it in the Instant Pot?

    • I run it on the pre-programmed “Soup” setting, which I believe is either 30 minutes once it comes to pressure.

    • Do you brown the meat using the “sauté” setting on instant pot first then add everything else?

    • Yes.

    • 5 stars
      Thank you:)

  22. 2 stars
    Cooking the pork should be listed as Step 1. Otherwise it’s too easy a step to miss. Even more egregious is the step to add the pork doesn’t even refer to it as cooked pork, which would serve as an additional catch. This is a poorly written recipe due to this error.

    • 5 stars
      @Sara, if you read the ingredient list it says “cooked and crumbled” next to the sausage. It’s not Kendra’s fault that people are too lazy to read.

      I made the crock pot version in January and it was amazing. I am going to use the Instant Pot this time around and can’t wait to see how it turns out!! My only question for others who have used the IP: did any of the veggies turn out too mushy?

  23. Minestrone soup is one of the recipes that don’t have set of ingredients. It is usually made of whatever vegetables and ingredients you have in hand.

  24. 5 stars
    Always love your recipes and ideas! Thanks so much! Been following and cooking a lot with OPL this past year!

  25. What is the serving size of this soup?

  26. This is sooooo yummy! I skipped the zucchini and the sausage and added green beans (just because I had them). My husband and I had this for lunch a couple times this week, I just put some pulled pork on the bottom, poured the soup over and reheated. Best soup ever, according to my hubby and I have to agree with him on this one! 🙂


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