Savor the simplicity of our Instant Pot Tomato Gnocchi Soup. With just a handful of ingredients and the magic of the Instant Pot, this recipe delivers a comforting bowl of tomato-infused goodness and pillowy gnocchi.
Quick, easy, and bursting with flavor, it’s the perfect solution for a delicious and satisfying meal. Get ready to enjoy the ease and taste of this Instant Pot creation!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe?
- Savory Delight: The combination of tomato and gnocchi creates a satisfying, flavorful soup.
- Efficient Preparation: Using an Instant Pot significantly reduces cooking time.
- Versatile Dish: Easily adaptable to include your favorite herbs or additional veggies.
- Butter/Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the onion and garlic, it helps to develop their flavors. I used butter.
- Onion & Minced Garlic: Provide a savory base that complements the tomatoes.
- Chicken Broth: Forms the liquid base of the soup, adding a savory richness.
- Stewed Tomatoes & Tomato Sauce: Provide a tangy sweetness that’s central to the flavor of the soup. You can also make your homemade stewed tomatoes with fresh tomatoes.
- Italian Seasoning, Chopped Fresh Basil & Oregano: Infuse the soup with a warm, aromatic Italian flavor profile.
- Brown Sugar, Garlic Salt & Seasoned Pepper: Enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients and add a touch of sweetness.
- Heavy Cream: Adds a creamy texture and rich flavor to the soup.
- Gnocchi: Add a satisfying bite to the soup.
- Parmesan Cheese: Adds a salty, nutty finish when used as a topping.
- Croutons: Add a crunchy contrast to the soup’s creamy texture.
- Crusty Bread: Perfect for dunking, it can absorb the soup’s flavors, enhancing your dining experience.
- Monkey Bread: With its pull-apart nature, it’s a fun and delicious side to pair with the soup.
- French Stick: This crusty bread is another great option for dipping into the soup.
- Crackers: They offer an additional crunch and are a traditional accompaniment to any soup.
How to Make Instant Pot Tomato Gnocchi Soup?
Step 1: Sauté Onions
Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot, and add butter/olive oil. Once it melts, add the onion and sauté until golden brown.
Step 2: Add Garlic
Turn off the sauté setting, and add minced garlic to the pot. Let it sit for 5 minutes. (The garlic will cook as the Instant Pot cools, and it will release a wonderful aroma and a sweet flavor).
Step 3: Add Chicken Broth
Pour in the chicken broth and stir well.
Step 4: Deglaze the Pot
Scrape the bottom of the pot with a spoon to loosen any stuck bits.
Step 5: Add Tomatoes and Seasonings
Add chopped stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, brown sugar, garlic salt, and seasoned pepper. Stir well to blend.
Step 6: Pressure Cook
Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the pressure valve to ‘SEALING’, lock the lid, and set the pot to cook for 30 minutes.
Step 7: Release Pressure
Once cooking is complete, do a quick release by turning the pressure valve from ‘SEALING’ to ‘VENTING’. Wait until the float valve drops down.
Step 8: Add Cream and Gnocchi
Remove the lid, add the heavy cream and gnocchi, and stir into the soup. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the gnocchi is tender.
Step 9: Serve
Pour the soup into bowls, sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese, and serve with your choice of bread or crackers.
- Use Fresh Gnocchi: Fresh Gnocchi from the refrigerated section is recommended over Gnocchi from the Pasta Isle due to its superior taste and faster cooking time.
- Release Pressure Carefully: After cooking, be cautious when releasing pressure from your Instant Pot. Quick release may cause the soup to spray, so it’s best to opt for a natural or gradual release.
- Season to Taste: Remember to season your soup to taste. Begin with a pinch of salt and pepper, then adjust according to your preference. Consider adding parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
- Tomato Gnocchi Soup with Fennel and Mushrooms: A unique twist to the classic, this version incorporates fennel and mushrooms for added depth of flavor.
- Cherry Tomato Gnocchi Soup: This variation uses cherry tomatoes and fresh thyme for a fresh and vibrant flavor profile.
- Instant Pot Tomato Gnocchi Soup with Sweet Onion: This version uses sweet onion and chicken broth for a savory and slightly sweet take on the classic soup.
- Tomato Gnocchi Soup with Butternut Squash: This comforting soup variation is loaded with butternut squash, making it an excellent choice for a filling meal.
Storage & Reheating Instructions
Cool the Soup: First, allow the soup to cool down to room temperature. However, remember not to leave it sitting out for more than two hours to avoid bacterial growth.
Transfer to Containers: Once cooled, transfer the soup into airtight containers, avoiding plastic ones if possible, as they can absorb odors and stains.
Refrigerate: If you’re planning on eating the soup within the next 3-4 days, you can store it in the refrigerator.
Freeze for Longer Storage: If you want to store it for longer, consider freezing your soup. When freezing, remember to leave some space at the top of each container as the soup will expand when frozen.
Reheating: To reheat the soup, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator if it’s frozen. You can then reheat it on the stove or in the microwave until it’s hot throughout.
What to Serve With This Recipe
Here are some great sides that complement Creamy Tomato Gnocchi Soup:
- Cheesy Garlic Bread Pizza: A delightful combination of garlic butter, cheese, and a thin pizzeria-style crust that complements the rich flavors of Tomato Gnocchi Soup.
- Chicken Caesar Salad: A light and refreshing side dish, with crisp lettuce, succulent chicken and a creamy Caesar dressing, it provides a nice contrast to the warm, hearty soup.
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich: The oozy, melted cheese sandwich with a crispy exterior makes for a comforting pairing with the tomato-based soup.
- Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites: These light and refreshing bites, with the crunch of cucumber and flavorful chicken salad, offer a cool contrast to the hot soup.
- Instant Pot Sweet Corn: The sweetness of the corn and its natural creaminess can add another layer of flavor when served alongside Tomato Gnocchi Soup.
Can I Use Canned Tomatoes For Gnocchi Soup?
Yes, you can use canned tomatoes. Both diced and crushed tomatoes work well.
Can I Add Meat To Gnocchi Soup?
Yes, some people like to add cooked chicken, sausage, or other meats to this soup.
Can I Make Tomato Gnocchi Soup Vegan?
Yes, you can make vegan tomato gnocchi soup by using vegan substitutes for cream (like coconut milk or almond milk) and using vegan gnocchi.
Also, you can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Can I Use Milk Instead of Cream?
Yes, you can use milk but the soup will be less creamy and rich.
How Do I Know When the Gnocchi Is Cooked?
Gnocchi is typically cooked when it floats to the top of the soup. It should be soft and slightly chewy.
Can I Add Other Vegetables to the Soup?
Yes, you can add other vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, or zucchini according to your preference.
Can I Make Gnocchi Soup In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can make this soup in a slow cooker, but add the gnocchi towards the end of the cooking process to avoid overcooking.
How Can I Make Gnocchi Soup Thicker?
You can make the soup thicker by adding more cream, using less broth, or by pureeing some of the tomatoes or vegetables in the soup.
Can I Use tomato Paste Instead Of Tomato Sauce?
Sure, you can replace tomato sauce with tomato paste in Tomato Gnocchi Soup. Dilute the paste with equal water or broth.
For 1 cup of sauce, use 1/2 cup paste and 1/2 cup water or broth. Adjust seasonings as needed.
- 2 Tablespoons of butter
- 1 Large Onion
- 2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
- 4 cups of Chicken broth
- 1 28 ounce can of stewed tomatoes – chopped
- 6 ounces of tomato sauce
- 1 Tablespoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon of chopped basil
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon of seasoned pepper
- 1/3 Cup of Heavy Cream
- Store bought Gnocchi, already made.
- Fresh Parmesan cheese – to top soup
- Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot, and add butter. Once it melts, add the onion and sauté until golden brown.
- Turn off the sauté setting, and add minced garlic to the pot. Let it sit for 5 minutes. (The garlic will cook as the Instant Pot cools, and it will release a wonderful aroma and a sweet flavor).
- Pour in the chicken broth and stir well.
- Scrape the bottom of the pot with a spoon to loosen any stuck bits.
- Add chopped stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, brown sugar, garlic salt, and seasoned pepper. Stir well to blend.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the pressure valve to ‘SEALING’, lock the lid, and set the pot to cook for 30 minutes.
- Once cooking is complete, do a quick release by turning the pressure valve from ‘SEALING’ to ‘VENTING.’ Wait until the float valve drops down.
- Remove the lid, add the heavy cream and gnocchi, and stir into the soup. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the gnocchi is tender.
- Pour the soup into bowls, sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese, and serve with your choice of bread or crackers.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 2276mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 9g