The Instant Pot is a lifesaver. There's no quicker way to whip up dinner than to pop it in your pressure cooker, and preparing meals at home is essential when you're trying to lose weight, especially on a low-carb plan. While the Instant Pot is great for making pasta and rice, there are plenty of other dishes to try, including low-carb soups. They're perfect for Instant Pot beginners, and while some consider soups an appetizer, we're adamant that they can be the whole damn meal. The ones here, ranging from classic French onion to a hearty bean soup with pesto, are filling and flavorful. Get your spoon ready.
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If you love cabbage rolls (and the health benefits that come with this leafy green), you'll love this deconstructed soup.
Get the recipe: unstuffed cabbage roll soup
French onion soup is a classic. Try mixing things up with the cheese if you like (the recipe calls for traditional Gruyère), but skip the baguette to lower the carb count.
Get the recipe: French onion soup
Yes, there are 40 cloves of garlic in this recipe, the equivalent of three whole heads. That may seem like a lot, but it's just the burst of flavor the simple base of this soup needs.
Get the recipe: chicken soup with 40 cloves of garlic
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This recipe destroys any theory that soup isn't hearty enough to be a main dish. Inside you'll find beef, celery, carrots, onion, tomatoes, green beans, corn, and green peas, which will keep you full for hours.
Get the recipe: vegetable beef soup
A soup that takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish? That sounds like the perfect weeknight meal to us. Even better, you probably already have the ingredients on hand.
Get the recipe: coconut curry leek soup
This is one big helping of cheese you can feel good about — the soup is loaded with vegetables including broccoli, zucchini, onion, and carrots.
Get the recipe: broccoli cheddar and zucchini soup
Make the homemade pesto while you wait for the soup to cook, filled to the brim with chickpeas, carrots, onion, and garlic. The whole process takes 45 minutes.
Get the recipe: bean soup with pesto
If there's a keto-lover's paradise, it must be a bowl of this creamy, cheesy, bacon-filled soup.
Get the recipe: cauliflower cheese soup
We love comfort food that won't weigh you down, and this buffalo chicken soup fits the bill. Use as little or as much hot sauce as you like.
Get the recipe: buffalo chicken soup
Ginger is known for its health benefits, and in this recipe — complete with vegetable broth, carrots, and seasonings — it makes for the perfect light dinner.
Get the recipe: vegan carrot ginger soup
What do you get with one pound of peas, seven cups of water, veggies, and spices? Ten servings of this split pea soup — and it's so good, you'll want to share.
Get the recipe: split pea soup
With just five ingredients (not including toppings like cheese and avocado), you can make a low-carb soup you'll want to pack for lunches all week.
Get the recipe: salsa chicken soup
You can't go wrong with a classic tomato soup, right? This one packs a little something extra with carrots, celery, and red onion. It's gluten-free, vegan, and only takes 30 minutes to make.
Get the recipe: tomato soup
Craving a little spice? You'll love the poblano and jalapeño peppers in this recipe — low-carb but never lacking flavor.
Get the recipe: chili verde soup
You better have a sturdy spoon, because this lentil soup is filled with hearty sausage. The carb count might be a little high for some (often the case with plant-based proteins), but with 20 grams of fiber, it's worth the splurge.
Get the recipe: lentil soup with sausage and kale
This isn't your average cream of mushroom soup — it's made with coconut milk and virtuous veggies beyond mushrooms, including carrots and celery.
Get the recipe: vegan mushroom soup