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Instant Pot Alphabet Vegetable Soup

How to make ABC Soup?

This dish is super-easy and beyond weeknight-friendly. It is a soup that my kids love, but I also use it as a meal prep dish to make soup jars for my lunches throughout the week. And, with toddlers, who doesn’t love ANY opportunity to reinforce letters. Personally, I love it as my initials are ABC, so it is literally MY SOUP! So let’s break down the steps of ABC Soup.

  • Chop it!: The onion, baby carrots, celery, basil, zucchini and kale.
  • Sauté it!: The carrots, celery, onion and seasonings
  • Pressurize it!: Add in the broth, tomatoes, parmesan rind, and zucchini
  • Release it!: all the pressure ASAP
  • Soak it!: The kale and Pasta
  • Top it!: Extra parmesan, more seasonings, hot sauce, croutons, whatever you love.

Can I make ABC Soup without a Pressure Cooker?


TO Make ABC Soup on the COOK-TOP:

  • Heat the oil on low in a Dutch Oven. Add the carrots, celery, onion and seasonings. Cook, stirring, until softened.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, zucchini, and parmesan rind.
  • Cover and cook on low for around 35 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaves and parmesan rind.
  • Stir in kale and pasta. Replace the lid and let simmer 5-10 minutes.

TO Make ABC Soup in the Slow Cooker:

  • Heat oil in a Dutch Oven over Low. Add carrots, celery, onion and seasonings. Cook, stirring until softened.
  • Transfer mixture to the slow cooker. Add broth, tomatoes, zucchini & parmesan rind.
  • Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves and parmesan rind.
  • Stir in kale and pasta and let sit for around 10 minutes or until kale is wilted and pasta is cooked through.

Can ABC Soup be made Vegetarian or Vegan?

100% YES!!

    • You are in luck! This dish is Vegetarian-Friendly as written, no changes are needed
    • This dish can easily be made vegan with some simple swaps.
    • First, make sure the vegetable broth you are using is Vegan-Friendly
    • The parmesan cheese rind would clearly need to go as would the optional parmesan topping, substitute these with your favorite vegan-friendly alternative.

What to serve with ABC Soup?

Bowl of ABC Soup On white table wrapped in blue white towel

Instant Pot Alphabet Vegetable Soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Pressurizing time 10 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • pressure cooker


  • 32 oz low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 15-20 baby carrots sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 28 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp basil minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley diced
  • 1/2 tsp each, salt & pepper
  • 1 large zucchini peeled & diced
  • 2 cups kale chopped
  • 1.5 cups alphabet pasta
  • parmesan cheese, grated or shredded as desired, to top


  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté. Add the olive oil and allow to warm through. Turn off sauté mode.
  • Add the carrot, celery, onion, garlic powder and seasonings and cook, stirring for 3-5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes and parmesan rind and zucchini.
  • Set to high pressure for 3 minutes. After cooking is done, quick release the pressure. Stir in the pasta and kale and return the lid to the pot. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes until softened.


  • Pressurizing time can vary depending on your unit.  
  • The wait time after cooking for the kale and pasta to soften may vary depending on your pasta.  Check it after 5 minutes but note that it may take up to 10 minutes to be done.
Keyword alphabet, Instant Pot, soup, vegetable soup, Vegetarian


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