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. Mali says:

    I have an electric pressure cooker wich is essentially an insta pot. I don’t have the “soup” button just time and low or high pressure. What do you think it would covert to time wise? Also, just bought your air fryer and have done tons of stuff in it. I love it!!! More recipes please! ????

    1. juli says:

      you know, i’ve only ever used an instant pot so it’s hard for me to say. i’m wondering if 10 min on high pressure on your electric one would work? i just can’t say for sure. and i definitely have more air fryer recipes coming your way in the future!

  2. Val says:

    hi, do you think that can I use same quantities but with fresh tomatoes, fresh cauliflower, fresh basil, fresh garlic, etc? And a regular pot? I don´t have the not fresh ingredients! TYVM
    I think I´m going to enjoy that!

    1. juli says:


  3. Mary says:

    Hi Juli! Do you drain the tomatoes or just throw em all in there?

    Making today. 🙂

    1. juli says:

      throw it all in there!

  4. Marissa says:

    Hi! Made this recipe the poor man way (slow cooker + regular blender) and it turned out FABULOUS. Little bit more time consuming this way but the end result was delicious!! Used the slow cooker on 4hrs on high for anyone else looking to try it that way!

    1. juli says:

      hahahah poor man way. thanks for sharing your slow cooker experience. so glad it turned out that way too!

  5. Breanna says:

    This recipe was fantastic!!! You were right, the cauliflower does make it really creamy! And the best part, it was so easy to make!! My husband loved it as well and he had no idea there was cauliflower in it. Thank you for the wonderful recipe, this will be a staple this winter.

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! so glad to hear you liked it Breanna!

  6. Allison says:

    It’s official….you’ve ruined all other tomato soup. So freaking easy with the simplest ingredients. And pesto?! Never in my life thought to add pesto to tomato soup. You evil genius, you. So. Damn. Delicious.

    1. juli says:

      haha so glad you liked it Allison!

  7. Rachel lord says:

    This soup is fantastic! I LOVE tomato soup. It’s my absolute favorite and I had been really craving some but had been wishing for a lighter version of every recipe out there. The addition of the cauliflower is perfect. This soup will be going into the regular rotation from now on. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! so glad you loved it Rachel!

  8. Jamie says:

    I made this yesterday for a a group of 10 women. It was a hit! I have some frozen cauliflower packets that are 12 ounces each. I initially added the suggested 16 ounces but wanted my soup thicker so I added more cauliflower for a total of 2 entire packs. It was perfect consistency for me. I also added one extra tablespoon of pesto for a more robust kick.

    I also bought an air fryer, and it is a game-changer. You have never led me wrong!

    Thank you, Juli!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! glad you liked the recipe!! more pesto is never a back thing! and i’ll definitely have more air fryer recipes coming!

  9. Emily says:

    This was the best tomato soup recipe I’ve ever made !! I also sautéed some onions and garlic with olive oil before I put in all of the ingredients and it gave it some nice flavor . Thanks for sharing !!!!! I will 100% be making this my go to tomato soup recipe.

    1. juli says:

      yayyyyy!! so glad you loved the recipe Emily!

  10. Rebecca says:

    Made this for my family as part of our festive Halloween dinner. Didn’t vary from the recipe at all. Loved it! My husband and I agreed it reminded us of Panera Bread’s tomato soup. Thanks so much! The cauliflower in it is brilliant!

    1. juli says:

      yay!! glad you loved it Rebecca!