Quick and Easy Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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This Instant Pot chicken noodle soup is one of the easiest and quickest weeknight meals you can make. The soup is made with leftover chicken meat (roast a whole chicken or use the meat from a rotisserie chicken), broth, spaghetti noodles, and a basic veggie mix.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Contributor recipe written by Renee from Raising Generation Nourished

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Video Tutorial

Cooking isn’t anywhere near my college major, yet here I am over a decade later with a real food blog as well as writing for others with food blogs. Ironic isn’t it?

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

I have never taken a cooking class in my life. When I fell into real food it was literally that: I fell into real food. I had my first baby and just wanted her to eat better food than I did as a child. Plain and simple.

The very first thing I learned how to cook on my real food journey was bone broth, and how to use it for soup. I wasn’t a huge fan of just drinking bone broth straight up (remember, my taste buds were not used to any of this!), so soup-making became a love of mine right from the very beginning.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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Why Make Chicken Noodle Soup in the Instant Pot?

Over the last handful of years, I’ve come to learn the art of making flavorful, delicious soup.

A flavorful soup begins with a veggie medley added to a perfectly hot pot with some melted butter. The flavors are sautéed together to create the building blocks for a delicious soup. This is why the sauté feature on the Instant Pot sold me. Sure, I was intrigued by friends making meals in minutes versus hours, but I’ll admit that I was skeptical on how the flavor would turn out. When I learned that I could still layer my flavors and make a fast meal, I was sold.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

As much as I truly adore cooking, there are those days or stretches of weeks where projects are due and I just don’t have the time to be standing by the stove all day. My Instant Pot has made it possible to still put nourishing, real food on the table despite crazy schedules. Today’s recipe uses the Instant Pot to make a nourishing meal in under 15 minutes, from start to finish.

A super quick and easy homemade chicken noodle soup made in the Instant Pot! Love this recipe. 100% real food ingredients, and it's super inexpensive to make. Makes enough for leftovers, too!

How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup in the Instant Pot

The soup starts with a quick sauté of vegetables. Next, add broth, seasonings, chicken, and noodles. And that’s it. The rest of the recipe is completely hands-free, leaving you time to check homework, change that diaper, send that email, or…ahem…make a cup of coffee like I did.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

If you aren’t quite there yet on making your own bone broth, just grab a quality store-bought version. I would rather that you make this fast homemade recipe than grab fast food or an additive-loaded can of soup at the store. If you’re ready to make the leap into making bone broth, your Instant Pot will be your best friend. You can make bone broth in the Instant Pot very quickly.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

A Note About The Chicken in This Recipe

You can cook a whole chicken in your Instant Pot in 25 minutes and have lots of budget-friendly chicken meat for the freezer. You can pull out a cup or two when you want to make your soup and just dump it right in.

If you’re running short on time and don’t have time to cook a whole chicken (or don’t have any chicken in the fridge or freezer), shred a rotisserie chicken and use a portion of the meat.

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

A quick and easy weeknight meal made in under 30 minutes, from prep to bowl. Use leftover chicken, broth, and spaghetti noodles to make a flavorful, from-scratch chicken noodle soup in the Instant Pot.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken noodle soup, Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 253 kcal
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

  • 3 TB butter unsalted is best, or extra virgin olive oil for a dairy-free option
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 8 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken add more if you want meatier soup, or leave it out if you wish for it to have a vegetable-based soup
  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles broken in half
  • 2-3 cups chopped spinach amount depends on your preference
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Special Equipment:

Instructions

  1. Plug your Instant Pot in and push the Sauté button. The screen on the front will read On and the bottom of the pot will get hot to sauté.

  2. Melt the butter in the Instant Pot. Once melted, add the onion, carrot, celery, and a big pinch of salt to bring out their juices. Cook the veggies for about 5 minutes until they're soft and sweet.

  3. Add the garlic, thyme, oregano, and basil. Cook for 1 minute.

  4. Add the broth, chicken, and noodles, and turn off the Instant Pot so the sauté mode turns off. Put the lid on your Instant Pot, turn the vent valve to closed, and push the Soup button. Use the manual buttons (the +/- buttons) to bring the time down to 4 minutes. It will turn on automatically after a few seconds.

  5. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, and then it will count down the 4 minutes. When the 4 minutes is done, quick release your valve (use a towel or oven mitt to turn the valve). It will take 1-2 minutes to release all of the pressure from the pot.

  6. After the pressure releases, take the lid off, stir in your chopped spinach to wilt and more salt and pepper (to your taste). The soup is hot enough to wilt the spinach, so there's no need to add more heat.

  7. Serve warm.

Recipe Video

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe is specifically developed for an Instant Pot (a dual slower cooker and pressure cooker). If you don’t have an Instant Pot and want to make homemade chicken noodle soup, I recommend checking out this stove-top veggie noodle version or this slow cooker version. We LOVE chicken noodle soup around here and there’s no shortage of simple ways to make this classic soup.

 

 

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50 Comments

  • I have never used an instant pot and am intrigued by it. It seems like a convenient tool. However, because I am in such a small home I’m also a bit concerned about the value versus the space. Do you find this to be a tool you use often?

    • Hey Janel, I was a bit skeptical of the Instant Pot at first, mainly because of the size and my small kitchen space. But after using it for a number of months, I’ve found that I don’t use my crock-pot anymore since the Instant Pot doubles as a slow cooker and pressure cooker. The Instant Pot is really tall versus wide, so it takes up less space than my crock-pot, too. I think if you’re a crock-pot kind of person, and need the ability to get a meal on the table really fast (pressure cooker option), then the Instant Pot is a really great option.

    • 5 stars
      I LOVE my Instant Pot and LOVE this recipe! Thank you so much for posting it! I even made it a bit more simple by using two cans of Kirkland brand chicken breast meat. This is a KEEPER!

  • Kristin! Thank you for that answer! I got one on prime day too and have been debating about the use of my crock pot. I hardly ever used the crock pot to begin with and now I’m thinking it’ll become completely obsolete. I have a tiny NYC kitchen so space is essential!

    • Tana, if you have raw chicken cut in pieces i would cook it halfway (maybe four minutes) in saute mode then continue with the recipe as directed. If the chicken in in bite size pieces you really don’t need to cook it for that long, if at all before using it in this recipe.

  • This was excellent, but my egg noddles came out like mush. I’m new to the instant pot and want this to be my go-to chicken noodle recipe. Any thoughts on how to fix the noddle issue? Thanks!

    • Hey Kelly, Here’s what Renee, the author and recipe developer, said, “I haven’t used egg noodles before – they don’t need to cook as long if it was mushy. I would say to half the time and see if that works – some recipes literally only need 1 or 2 minutes or just the pot to come to pressure.”

    • Egg noodles often go mushy when cooked in soups and when reheating soups. That’s why I believe this recipe calls for spaghetti noodles, which hold up better. I use whole grain spaghettini and it’s perfect. But if you prefer egg noodles, it’s always best to cook the egg noodles separately and add in when serving.

  • 5 stars
    This soup….. so yummy! We used leftover turkey broth from thanksgiving and because the turkey had been brined it had so much flavor. I used gf noodles and it was a hit with everyone!
    More instant pot recipes please

    • That’s so great to hear, Bonnie! I’m working on more Instant Pot recipes for 2016. Raising Generation Nourished has a few goodies on her site, too. Also, NomNom Paleo shares lots of yummy real food Instant Pot recipes.

  • Each time we’ve made a soup in the instant pot, we have a huge amount of soup spew out of the steam valve. Any suggestions???

    • I’m new to the Instant Pot and am still learning — but I just read that the contents shouldn’t be more than 3/4 full. That may explain why there’s soup coming out of the steam release valve.

  • 5 stars
    Just made this and it turned out excellent! My 21 year old son says it is the best Chicken noodle soup I have ever made! Thanks so much!

    • Michelle, yay for kids (no matter how old) loving food that’s good for them! ~Rachel, commenting on behalf of Kristin while she’s traveling

  • I making your lovely soup right now and hoping my egg noodles will be OK I didn’t read these comments till after I began. What’s the soup is done is it OK to leave and warm mode from early afternoon till dinner time? Thank you !

    • Hey Renee, Hmmm, I’m not sure about leaving the soup on warm mode. I think the pot and soup would be fine, but the noodles may get a bit mushy. I do this with my slow-cooker quite often, so it’s worth trying.

  • Typo on my comment above. Space spaceIt should read when the soup is done is it OK to leave and warm mode for three or four hours?

  • 5 stars
    I have made this soup numerous times, it’s my favorite! My usual is to make a whole chicken and then use the broth as a base for the liquid. And of course the chicken in the soup. Everyone in my family LOVES it!!

  • 5 stars
    Turned out fantastic! We were short on veges, so I used brocolli and peppers with the carrots instead, it added to the flavor and thickness of the broth!

  • 3 stars
    I’ve been using my Instantpot pretty regularly and this was my least favorite recipe to date. The recipe said to use any noodle, so I used Ramen. There was barely any liquid and the spices are overpowering. No clear golden broth like when I make it from scratch on the stove top

    • Hey Dayna, Thanks for the feedback on the ramen noodles. Ramen is pretty unique in that it isn’t like most noodles–it doesn’t take much to soften/cook them, so I’d recommend adding them to the soup once it’s hot and cooked versus before pressure cooking. Did you use any seasoning with the ramen other than what the recipe called for?

  • This is wonderful Kristin! I think you’ve officially convinced me to the Instant Pot. I have one question, what size pot did you buy, and have you ever found you needed a different size?

    • Hey Nikki, I think you’ll love it! It’s so nice to have it on busy nights/days. I have the standard 6qt pot. I haven’t needed anything larger, even with making broth and soups.

    • Do you mean Reames Homestyle Egg Noodles (that are sold in the freezer section? If so, there would be a big difference between those and ramen noodles. (Do ramen noodles even come frozen?) Just didn’t want you to put the Reames noodles in after the rest is cooked, as I’m sure they wouldn’t not cook quickly like the ramen noodles.

  • 5 stars
    So good! We christened our Instant Pot by cooking a chicken, then making bone broth, then using both for this soup. We used egg noodles and skipped he spinach based on what was in the house. Delicious, warming soup. Hopefully, it will kick this cold to the curb!

  • I just got an Instant Pot for my birthday and had some leftover chicken from cooking a whole chicken in it. I tried out your soup recipe and it was delicious. I added a couple parsnips and a sweet potato and left out the spinach. My family ate it up! Thanks for a great, easy to follow recipe. It’s definitely one for the Instant Pot recipe box.

  • 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe! I use bone broth, extra garlic, and spatzle noodles. I have made it for sick friends and family. It is so nourishing and healing. Thank you so much for sharing it years ago.

  • 5 stars
    I just Pressure Cooked this Soup when I got home from Work , at 9:30pm…
    It was GREAT !!! I was eating by 10:30 pm. as I already had a Chicken Slow Cooked . I used Chicken Broth , but think I will try Bone Broth the next time I SlownCook or Pressure Cook a
    chicken . Thanks !!!

    • Thats wonderful, Mike! So happy you loved it! Thank you for taking the time to comment and rate, means a lot to the LS.

      LS Team.

  • 5 stars
    We love this soup! Make it the night after cooking a whole chicken in the IP using the tasty broth. I use linguine noodles broken in fourths. Served it tonight with a fresh loaf or einkorn sourdough bread….delicious! Thanks for this great recipe!

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