Instant Pot Italian Sausage Soup
with Turnip Greens and Butternut Squash
I cook a lot. I mean a LOT!! And every now and then, something completely catches me off guard. I knew I wanted to develop a soup recipe that tasted really good, but it also needed to be Whole30 compliant since we’re starting a round in a few days. Well, I was totally blown away at how delicious this Italian sausage soup turned out. Seriously blown away!
While eating my third bowl, in one sitting, I figured out why. It was hitting all of my favorite palette points. It’s very savory, slightly spicy (if you use a spicy sausage), and slightly sweet (because of the apple cider). It’s a special soup.
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And this is the AMAZING Result…
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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Soup with Turnip Greens and Butternut Squash
This soup hits all the best flavor points: it's savory, slightly spicy, and slightly sweet. Easily made Whole30 compliant.
- 1 Tbsp. ghee or clarified butter
- 1 3/4 tsp. sea salt divided
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 lb. turnip greens chopped
- 1 lb. Italian sausage
- 2.5 lbs. butternut squash 3/4" cubes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb. turnip roots peeled, cut into 1/2" cubes
Using sauté setting – add ghee, leeks, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until leeks soften (but not brown), stirring frequently. Add garlic and vinegar and continue sautéing for one minute.
Add apple cider and turnip greens. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until greens wilt. Transfer greens and leek mixture to a bowl (including liquid) and set aside.
Continuing on the sauté setting – add sausage to pot and brown thoroughly, making sure to break up the meat as much as possible.
Once sausage is brown, add butternut squash, turnip roots, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt to pot. Add chicken broth and mix well.
Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure.
Pour greens and leek mix back into pot and mix well.