Friday, February 18, 2022

Instant Pot Ham and Gnocchi Soup


Do you ever get the burning notice on your Instant Pot? I did on this recipe because of two reasons….1. According to the package instructions for the Instant Pot the unit gets too hot for milk recipes, it will scald. 2. When using the sauté method make sure the bottom of the pot is clear of anything stuck to it. (Sometimes deglazing doesn’t work.), before you switch over to cooking under pressure. If you don’t, you will see the “burning” on the display. 

It states in the instructions that the unit will stop cooking once the burning notice is displayed and then continue when it cools down. Well with this recipe, knowing I did both no no’s, once it cooled down I transferred the soup to my Dutch oven. Next time I will use my Dutch oven for the sauté step in the recipe’s directions and add it to my Instant Pot with all the other ingredients. 

I also believe since I used the Instant Pot to sauté it was already very hot when I switched it over to high pressure. Would it if made any difference if I used low pressure? Thoughts? Serves 4-6 Total Time: under 30 minutes 



4 tablespoons butter 

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup chopped onion (1 medium onion)

2 tablespoons minced garlic 

1/2 cup flour 

1 quart half & half

Instant Pot:

1 cup celery, chopped (3-4 stalks)

1 cup carrots, shredded or chopped (whichever you prefer)

2 cups spinach, coarsely chopped 

28 oz chicken broth or vegetable broth 

1 pkg. gnocchi 

2 cups ham, diced (you can also substitute with chicken)

1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes 

1/2 teaspoon thyme 

Salt and pepper, to taste 


To avoid burning in my Instant Pot I’m going to sauté in a Dutch oven. Melt butter on med/high then add onions, cook until translucent. Add in garlic, cook additional minute. Add in flour and stir until flour is completely combined with onion mixture. Add in the half & half and stir until thickens. 

Add onion mixture to Instant Pot with remaining ingredients. Close steam valve, high pressure for 4 minutes, then use the quick release method when done. Enjoy 

PS. If you think the soup is too thick add more broth. 

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