This Instant Pot vegetable beef soup is easy fall comfort food! Directions to make it a dump-and-go Instant Pot freezer meal and it’s great for a weeknight!
You guys, fall is coming! I mean, I’ll be 100% honest – it probably won’t actually feel like full-blown fall here until December because that’s how Tennessee rolls – but in just a few weeks the calendar will say that it is fall.
Fall is officially my favorite. I mean, I love spring, because spring signals that summer is just around the corner. Fall, though, really does something to me. The cool breezes, the leaves changing colors and falling off the trees, the feeling that the only thing to do on a Saturday evening is eat popcorn in front of a horror movie. For many, it’s also the Friday night lights and the roar of the crowd at a college football game.
And then there’s the food. Apples and pears, caramel, tailgating snacks, warm casseroles…and soup.
I eat soup year-round, how about you? I just love soup so much that I really don’t care if it’s 95˚ outside. I get it, though…some people don’t want their dinner to make them sweat even more in the summer (kudos to my AC and ceiling fans!).
Vegetable Beef Soup
Vegetable beef soup will forever and ever make me think of two things: my grandmother and my elementary school cafeteria. It was one of the few foods that I ate at school, and something that I always savored when my grandmother made it.
Her vegetable beef soup was always made with ground beef, not with chunks of beef. It always had potatoes, carrots, corn, peas, green beans, tomatoes…and pasta. Yep, pasta. She would throw in a handful of tiny alphabet pasta shapes, which I always thought made the soup so much fun. Alas, I could not find tiny alphabet pasta shapes, so I skipped the pasta altogether. And, of course, I made it in my Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Freezer Meal!
My Instant Pot vegetable beef soup is also a freezer meal! Lately I have loved have a few dump and go Instant Pot freezer meals in my freezer. You literally unmold the food from the container, sauté it in the Instant Pot to start the thawing process, and pressure cook it as normal.
The assembly process is just as simple. You throw a few ingredients into a round freezable container, lid up, and freeze. No excuse not to make dinner on a weeknight now!
My Instant Pot vegetable beef soup has the following ingredients, and you can even use as many frozen vegetables as you can get your hands on (I used frozen green beans and peas, and would have added frozen corn if I’d had it):
- ground beef
- canned diced tomatoes
- green beans
- green peas
- potatoes (I add these just before pressure cooking)
- Better Than Bouillon (which I keep in the fridge because I so rarely use up a container of beef broth)
- Bay leaf
This freezer meal soup took minimal effort to put together on a weeknight. Serve it with cornbread or a grilled cheese sandwich for comfort food at its finest!