Instant Pot ABC Soup: Asparagus Bacon and Cilantro Soup


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This is a new take on one of my favorite soups!  Asparagus, fresh or frozen, is the base of this soup, but a few other ingredients not usually found in many Asparagus Soup recipes sets this one off.  Some chopped celery and a few small gold potatoes are part of this base along with the normal things you’d expect to find in Asparagus Soup:  thyme, onions, chicken stock.  Top it all off with a few unusual garnishes for a blast of flavor: cilantro pesto, crisp bacon and arugula micro greens!  Did I mention this is paleo friendly?

When the afternoon dwindles and there is no time to prepare a big dinner, get out the Instant Pot and MAKE this satisfying soup!


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Instant Pot ABC Soup Asparagus Bacon and Cilantro Soup

Asparagus soup, garnished with bacon and all the fresh veggies and herbs of summer! A drizzle of cilantro pesto finishes it off. Make this soup in the Instant Pot for a wonderful and fast soup!

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 red onion diced

4 stalks celery, diced

3 big cloves garlic minced

1 pound asparagus spears, chopped but reserving some tips for garnish

3 small gold or yellow potatoes, quartered

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped

1 tablespoon cumin

5 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon pepper

1 cup cilantro chopped

cilantro pesto

2 pieces cooked crisp bacon

arugula micro greens, optional


Set Instant Pot to saute and when hot, add the olive oil, onion, celery and garlic.  Cook for 5 minutes.

Add the asparagus and saute 2 minutes more.

Add the potatoes, herbs, seasonings and stock.

Set the Instant Pot to “Soup” and set the timer to 15 minutes.

Release the steam then taste the soup for seasonings.

Add the cilantro and place the soup into a blender and puree.  Serve garnished with asparagus tips, a drizzle of cilantro pesto and maybe a few thyme leaves!


I made this again using arugula micro greens I found at Whole Foods….yum!


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Cilantro Pesto

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