You can make this Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes in the Instant Pot, another electric pressure cooker, or on the stovetop and this tasty soup is also gluten-free, South Beach Diet Phase One and can be Paleo or Whole 30 if you omit the Parmesan.
Years ago I was introduced to the stovetop pressure cooker by a food blogging friend and I experimented with it enough to get a few good Pressure Cooker Recipes on Kalyn's Kitchen. Then my sister Pam and a couple of food blogging friends convinced me I should try the Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker, and I made several favorite recipes that were completely winners using it.
So when people started raving about the Instant Pot, I didn't think I needed one. If you're not familiar with it, the Instant Pot is a multi-function cooking device that can pressure cook, slow cook, saute, brown, steam, cook rice, make yogurt, and keep things warm. And there are probably other features I don't even know about yet! You see where this is going, don't you? After so many of my blogging friends and family members raved about how they loved the Instant Pot, I caved and bought one. So now I'm well-equipped in the pressure cooker department!
And then I asked readers on the Kalyn's Kitchen Facebook Page whether they'd like more pressure cooker or Instant Pot recipes and there was a lot of interest, so last week Kara and I experimented and came up with this delicious Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes. We actually created this out of things we had in the fridge, and were thrilled when it turned out to be a keeper!
If you don't have an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, I'll give suggestions at the end of the recipe for making this on the stove, and no matter which method you use, if you're looking for an easy low-carb soup you can make after work I bet you'll like this as much as we did!
Saute the beef in the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker until it's nicely browned; add the chopped onion, minced garlic, dried thyme, and dried oregano, and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add the petite diced tomatoes and juice and canned beef broth and let it start to heat while you prep the beans.
Serve hot. This is wonderful with freshly grated Parmesan to add at the table, but if you omit the Parmesan it's a Paleo or Whole 30 approved recipe, so take your choice on that!
Instant Pot Low-Carb Soup with Ground Beef, Green Beans, and Tomatoes
(Makes about 6 servings; recipe created by Kalyn and Kara when they were experimenting with the new Instant Pot.)
Although we created this recipe with the Instant Pot, you can definitely make it in a Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker or a stovetop pressure cooker if that's what you have. I'll also give my thoughts about how to make it on the stove at the end of the recipe, just in case you're not ready to try the pressure cooker just yet.
1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 T minced garlic (We used minced garlic from a jar.)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed and cut into short pieces about 1 inch long)
2 cans (14.5 oz. each) petite-diced tomatoes with juice
2 cans (14 oz. each) beef broth (or use 3 1/2 cups homemade beef stock, which will be even better)
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
freshly grated Parmesan for serving (optional but highly recommended unless you are avoiding dairy)
Turn the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker to saute, or turn on heat under the stovetop pressure cooker, add the oil and heat a minute or two, add ground beef and cook the beef until it's nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner as it cooks. When beef is browned, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, dried thyme, and dried oregano and cook about 3 minutes more.
Add the petite-dice tomatoes with juice and the beef broth and let them start to heat in the pressure cooker while you prep the beans. Trim beans on both ends, then cut them into short 1-inch pieces. Add beans to the pressure cooker.
Switch the Instant Pot to the SOUP function. (If you don't change anything, that will cook 30 minutes at LOW PRESSURE.) For another type of pressure cooker, use choose LOW PRESSURE or bring stovetop pressure cooker to LOW PRESSURE and cook 30 minutes. Use the quick release method to release the pressure. Season soup to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan to add at the table if desired.
Stovetop Cooking Instructions:
To cook this recipe on the stove, use a large heavy dutch oven type pot that you can both saute and simmer in. Heat oil in the pot and cook the ground beef as above, using medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the chopped onion, minced garlic, dried thyme, and dried oregano and cook about 3 minutes more.
Add the petite-diced tomatoes with juice, beef broth, and 1/2 can water, turn heat to medium low, and let the soup start to simmer while you prep the beans. Trim both ends of beans, then cut them into 1 inch pieces.
Add beans to the soup, turn to low, and let soup simmer about 45 minutes, or until beans are as soft as you'd like them and the flavors are well blended. (You may need to add more liquid, or even additional beef broth, depending on how hot your stove is on the low setting.) Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan to add at the table if desired.
South Beach Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
This recipe would be a good option for any phase of the South Beach Diet or other low-carb or low-glycemic eating plans, even Keto. The recipe is also gluten-free and if you omit the Parmesan Cheese, it can be Paleo or Whole 30 approved.
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I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. Or if you're a member of Yummly, you can use the Yum button on my site to save the recipe and see the nutritional information there.
More Low-Carb Pressure Cooker Love:
(Recipes from other blogs not always Low-Carb or South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Pressure Cooker Low-Carb Flank Steak Tacos ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Stovetop Jamaican Jerk Pork Roast ~ I Breathe I'm Hungry
Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Teri's Pressure Cooker Sausage and Peppers ~ Pressure Cooking Today
Cauliflower and Mushroom Pressure Cooker Soup with Parmesan ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
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