Instant Pot Spicy Kale and Sausage Soup

Yield 6 servings



  1. Turn on the Sauté setting on the Instant Pot. Add the sausage and break it up. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes, until onion slightly softens.
  3. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes,  crushed fennel seeds, oregano and basil. Cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant (about 1 minute). Don’t let it burn!
  4. Add the bay leaf, celery, carrots, diced tomatoes with juice, and garbanzo beans. Stir.
  5. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, and miso paste if using. Stir.
  6. Cancel the Sauté setting. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
  7. Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure. Set the timer for 3 minutes. The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.
  8. When the cook cycle has finished, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 10 minutes (a 10 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.
  9. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid. Carefully stir the soup. Then taste and adjust salt if needed.
  10. Add the vinegar and kale into the hot soup. Stir and submerge the kale. Put the lid back on the pot. Do not seal it or turn it on. The heat from the soup will wilt the kale. Let sit 5 minutes. Remove the lid and serve with grated Parmesan.


  • To freeze ladle soup into freezer-safe plastic bags or containers. Remove excess air. This soup will keep in the freezer up to six months.

Recipe by Empty Nest Eats at