Good morning from Charleston, SC!! Mornings are much more challenging coming from Denver where it’s two hours earlier. It’s 8am here which means, if your brain is working and you can do math (unlike me), it’s 6am in Denver. I’m suppose to workout soon before our day gets started, but I’d rather sit here and let my coffee set in. There’s some hard proof that I’m old. When I use to wake up at 6am, I felt like I was ready to conquer the world. Now I wake up and look like I’ve aged 8 years and my face is screaming for an eye mask. Aging is so fun.

Speaking of aging and trying to do it gracefully, I’m getting another profractional done on Thursday. Which means I won’t be able to leave my house until Sunday since my face will be a 1970’s horror film. How fun. When your parents and everyone in your entire life tells you not to pick at your face when you’re younger, YOU NEED TO LISTEN, YOU F*CKING IDIOT. Because it will come back to haunt you at some point and you’ll have to go to drastic measures to turn back time while having no friends because no one can stand to look at your bloody face.

How much does this conversation make you want to eat tomato soup?

PaleOMG Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

This trip to Charleston to visit my girlfriends was much needed. I don’t get to see them very often since we are all over the country. But now that it’s such a short trip, I feel like we aren’t seeing much of Charleston…we’re just eating it. So much eating. Whenever I travel with my husband, we always do things because he can’t sit still. But when I’m with my girlfriends, we pretty much only think about food and working on our computers. I know that sounds suuuuupes lame, because it is, but it’s so fun to hang out with other women who have a similar job to me. I usually just spend most of my time sitting solo in my home with my bloody sketch face. But when I’m with these ladies, we get to brainstorm ideas and encourage each other to keep moving, even through self doubt. Women empowering women are pretty much the best.

But anywho, I need to get back to hanging out with them because I already head home tomorrow. And have to spend a few hours in Baltimore. What’s Baltimore like? More so, what’s the Baltimore airport like? Anything good? Is it sketch? Can I be fed and entertained for a few hours while I’m stuck there? Give me the deets because all I know about Baltimore is that it’s where the crime from season 1 of Serial in the Adnan Syed case occurred. That’s literally all I know about Baltimore. Yes, I know, I suck.

PaleOMG Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

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Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 2 (28 ounce) cans of whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 1 (32 ounce) container of chicken bone broth
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto (I used this dairy-free brand, but you can also make your own) plus extra for garnish
  • 12 teaspoons salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • basil leaves, for garnish


  1. Place all ingredients in an instant pot, secure the lid, close off the pressure valve and press the Soup button and press down to 15 minutes. 
  2. Once it is done cooking, release the pressure valve with a natural release or a quick release. Once you remove the lid, use an immersion blender to blend the soup until completely smooth. Taste to see if the soup needs any extra salt or pepper.
  3. Garnish the soup with extra basil extra and basil leaves!

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  1. Tara says:

    Looking for your review of the instant pot and which one you ended up actually going with.

    1. juli says:

      i have a link to the instant pot i use in this post! and i love it!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I made this last night for the family and it was delicious! If you’re looking for a non dairy but traditional tomato soup, this is it! Thanks Juli for posting a feel good soup!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! so glad you loved it Jennifer!

  3. erika meier says:

    This soup is so F-ing good, OMG! 🙂 Thank you!

    1. juli says:

      yay!! glad you liked it Erika!

  4. Kristy Hartnett says:

    So easy and delicious!!I have made this two times in less than a week! My entire family loved this soup… my family includes 2 lovely but picky kids. Made it for the second time tonight for my husband that just had wisdom teeth removed yesterday! Thank you.

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! glad it hear it kristy!

  5. Matt says:

    What are people pairing with the soup? I’m a hearty protein kind of guy and like tomato soup, but going strict paleo soon and so grilled cheese is out of the question : )

    1. juli says:

      add some meat on top! roasted chicken, seasoned steak or even shrimp!

  6. Denise says:

    I made this yesterday. So so good! You don’t even miss the cream.

    1. juli says:

      glad you liked it Denise!

  7. Cynthia says:

    This was a hit! I added Chong red pepper flakes to give it that Kick! I also used Broth Masters Bone broth. I used a 16oz pack then added some water… it’s pretty thick broth.

    Husband and parents loved it. In fact my mom is making this for her sewing group next week.

    Check Chone out, I found him at a local farmers market. Truly a favorite.

    1. juli says:

      glad you liked the recipe Cynthia!

  8. Sarah says:

    Just made this, exactly as written, for my meal prep lunches this week. SO simple and massively flavorful!!!! Threw in some cooked chicken to make it a meal. Wish I had been making this all winter long, but it will be bookmarked for many future meals. You made magic happen again, Juli!

    I might add more cauliflower next time for a thicker soup, but wouldn’t change anything about the flavor. God I love pesto.

    1. juli says:

      woooohoooo! so glad you liked it Sarah!

  9. Mallory says:

    Made this today. Delicious!

    1. juli says:

      woot woot! glad you liked it Mallory!

  10. Tara says:

    Love the addition of pesto and cauliflower rice! Didn’t tell my family and they didn’t notice. Win!