Instant Pot Spring Soup with Chicken Ricotta Meatballs

Bowl of asparagus, carrot, pea soup with pasta and meatballs

Bright, light soup perfect for spring made in 1 pressure cooker pot



For the Ricotta Chicken Meatballs

For the Soup


For the Ricotta Chicken Meatballs

  1. Place the breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl, allow to soak for 1-2 minutes until the crumbs are moist.
  2. Add ricotta, ground chicken, egg, parmesan cheese, chives, parsley, salt, and pepper.  Use hands or a spatula to evenly combine the mixture.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoon scoop) to make small meatballs and place them on the baking sheet.  Place the baking sheet in the freezer.  It’s best if they can freeze for at least an hour prior to cooking.

For the Soup

  1. Preheat the pressure cooker by selecting saute.  Add the butter and olive oil.
  2. When butter is melted and bubbling slightly, add carrots, onions, and leeks; saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 1 quart of chicken broth, salt, pepper, parmesan rind, and pasta; stir.
  4. Arrange the frozen meatballs on top in a circular pattern, staying in a single layer as much as possible.
  5. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at high pressure for 2 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, place asparagus in a microwave safe bowl with about 1/2 cup water.  Microwave 2-3 minutes until crisp-tender.  Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  7. When pressure cooking is complete, use a quick release.  If pasta foam sprays from the valve, flip the knob to a sealed position for 5 minutes, then release the pressure.
  8. Remove and discard the parmesan rind.
  9. Select saute; add the asparagus, frozen peas, spinach, herbs, and zest and juice of 1 lemon.  Add up to 1 quart of chicken broth, depending on how soup like you want it.  Heat until warmed through and the spinach is wilted.
  10. Season with extra salt and pepper as needed.
  11. Serve hot with lemon wedges and shaved parmesan.

Freezer Meal Instructions:  

  1. The meatballs could easily be made in advance and stored in the freezer until ready to make the soup.  I haven’t tried it, but I don’t believe the soup would freeze well because of the pasta.


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