Instant Pot Turkey Soup
With Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes & Spinach
I'm not sure what's gotten into me lately, but I am currently mildly obsessed with ground turkey. I find myself actively looking for new ways to use it. That's pretty much how this recipe was born. I used to make this soup (that I love and should post a recipe for) with sausage, kale and pumpkin. Well, one day last week, I decided to change it a few ways: cook it in my Instant Pot and make it a little healthier. This Instant Pot turkey soup with mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and spinach is the result!
Wow, sweet potatoes are versatile!
Sweet potatoes are kinda magical. They're always in season and can be used in more ways than just about any other vegetable. I've always heard that they are great used as a thickener of sauces, but I've never tried it myself. That's kinda how we use them in this Instant Pot turkey soup. We cook them until they're very soft, then break them up. It took an otherwise broth-y soup and gave it substantial body!
And this is the AMAZING Result...
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Instant Pot Turkey Soup with Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes & Spinach
- 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms roughly chopped
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil divided
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 1 ½ tsp. sea salt divided
- ⅓ cup yellow onions diced
- 1 tsp. fennel seeds
- 1 tsp. dried sage
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb. sweet potatoes roughly chopped
- ½ cup whole milk
- 6 oz. baby spinach
- Using sauté setting – add 1 tablespoon olive oil and mushrooms. DO NOT add any salt at this point (something you’ll rarely hear me say, since you should season as you go). We want to brown the mushrooms and if we add salt now they will sweat. Add thyme leaves and cook them for a few minutes before touching them, allowing them begin to caramelize slightly. Once they have browned slightly on all sides, hit them with a ¼ teaspoon of salt and remove right away. Set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pot, along with onions and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are soft and translucent.
- Add fennel seeds and sage. Mix well and allow to toast for a a minute or two, stirring frequently. You want them to become fragrant and begin to release their oils (they've been sitting in a jar for who knows how long).
- Add turkey to pot, season with salt and pepper, and break up as much as possible. Then leave it be for a few minutes to begin the browning process. Stir occasionally. Once turkey is fully broken up and nearly fully cooked, add garlic, mix well, and cook for another minute or two.
- Return mushrooms to pot, along with chicken broth and sweet potatoes. Lock lid and cook for 4 minutes at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure.
- Using a potato masher, gently mash sweet potatoes to break them up. Add milk and mix well. Finally, add spinach and continue mixing until wilted. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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