Turkey and Cabbage Soup in the Instant Pot

Fall is here!!!  I can’t even explain how happy that makes me.  Fall means scarves, boots, sweatshirts, fire pits, and pumpkin everything.  Fall is hands down my favorite season.

Along with the cold weather comes my rekindled love of soup.  Well, let’s be real, I eat soup pretty much year round, especially my One Pot Chicken and Vegetable Soup, but the soup-o-meter gets cranked up another few notches when the weather drops.

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My latest soup obsession, is this super simple and very flavorful Turkey and Cabbage Soup.  I made it the first few times the old-fashioned way (ie. using a pot on the stove and then a crockpot), but now that I have my Instant Pot I’ll probably never make soup that way again because, let’s face it, I’m the most impatient person in the world and the Instant Pot is so fast and easy.  So if you don’t have an instant pot, don’t worry, you can still make this recipe, it will just take you several more hours.  Or you can treat yo’ self to an Instant Pot (heads up – affiliate link) and prepare to bask gleefully in the warp speed awesomeness. If you want to read more about my love for my Instant Pot, check out my Products I Love page or my Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe.

You guys know me – I’m all about things that are super easy when it comes to cooking and food prep.  This soup recipe really could not be easier.  Here are the only ingredients you need:

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You start off by sauteeing the ground turkey with some minced garlic (and yes, even this can be done all in the Instant Pot, which I LOVE because it means less dishes I have to wash)…

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Then you toss in all your other ingredients, and add the chopped head of cabbage on top, which fills your pot up nicely…

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And then you simply lock the lid and set the pot timer and go do something else while your pot makes the magic happen.  Then you open your pot up and find your soup just waiting for you…

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You get all the flavor and ease of the crock pot, but in a fraction of the time.  What’s not to love?

Here’s the recipe:

Turkey and Cabbage Soup (Instant Pot)

Turkey and Cabbage Soup (Instant Pot)


  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or butter, or other oil)
  • 1 lb ground turkey (I prefer 94/6 but whatever you like is fine)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 bag frozen diced onion
  • 1 (25oz) jar of marinara sauce
  • 4 cups broth (chicken, beef, or whatever you like) + 2 cups water
  • 1 head of green cabbage, chopped


  1. Set your Instant Pot (IP) to saute and add the tbsp of oil.
  2. Add the ground turkey and use a spoon to break it up into nice little chunks.
  3. Add the minced garlic. Saute the ground meat and garlic until the meat is all browned (usually only takes me like five minutes in the IP).
  4. Remove the meat from the IP and hit the "cancel" button on the IP to turn it off. Set the meat aside.
  5. To the IP, add the bag of cauliflower, bag of onions, marinara sauce, broth, water, and then the chopped cabbage on top. Be careful not to fill the pot above the "max fill" line.
  6. Lock the lid into place and make sure the vent valve is set to "sealed". Push the "soup" button, and adjust the time so that it's set for 6 minutes. After a few seconds the IP will beep and say "on". Now you are done for a bit!
  7. Let the IP release the pressure naturally (just let it sit after the timer goes off until the little metal pin falls down).
  8. Open the lid, add the turkey back in and stir. You're done!


*If you don't have an instant pot, saute the meat and garlic in a pan on the stove, then transfer to the crock pot. Add all the remaining ingredients in the order listed in the recipe above. Then let everything cook on high for about 4 hours.


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Doesn’t that just look so warm and comforting?? That’s because it is 🙂

This recipe is so easy and it makes a ton of soup, which I love because I always put half in the fridge to eat for the week and then the other half in the freezer for later.  This soup has a ton of flavor, but of course I always add some salt and pepper before I serve it.  This soup is a great way to have a very filling meal that is packed with great nutrition – it’s got a good amount of protein, tons of veggies, and it’s very low carb.

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What do you think?  Will this soup be making an appearance in your kitchen this fall?

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7 comments on “Turkey and Cabbage Soup in the Instant Pot

    1. You’re welcome! Let me know if you try it! It’s become a staple go-to recipe for me 🙂

  1. So do you sautee the meat yourself or close the lid on the Insta pot and let it sautee the meat….sorry first time user….

    1. Hi Allison!
      So there is a “saute” button on the instant pot and I just push that button, add a little coconut oil or whatever fat I’m using (butter, olive oil, etc) and then add in the ground turkey. Then I just saute it like i would normally on the stove. You don’t put the lid on to use the saute function. (Though they do make a glass lid you can use for the saute and slow cook functions but I don’t have that yet). I love sauteing the meat in the instant pot because it gets it done really quickly and evenly and just seems to work better than browning the meat on the stove. I hope that cleared things up for you. Thanks for visiting my site!!!

  2. Thanks for the quick response! I am excited about making the soup this afternoon! Thanks for clearing up my question.

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