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Instant Pot Ham and Macaroni Soup

Loaded with cubed ham, pasta and vegetables this Instant Pot Ham and Macaroni Soup is the perfect comfort food for winter. This Asian-style soup is so easy to make in the pressure cooker. Creamy and tasty soup done in no time!

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword easy instant pot macaroni soup, Filipino soup, ham and macaroni soup, ham soup, instant pot ham and macaroni soup, leftover ham soup, macaroni sopas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil of choice
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 cups cooked ham, cubed
  • 2 medium-size carrots, sliced diagonally (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced diagonally (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni pasta
  • 32 oz low-sodium Chicken broth
  • 1 (12) oz can of evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (or soy sauce)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • extra scallions or green onions, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Using the saute setting in your instant pot, heat the oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until aromatic and the onions become translucent roughly about 3-4 minutes. Add the cubed ham and saute for another minute or 2.

  2. Add the celery and carrots, uncooked macaroni, and chicken broth. Cover and ensure that the pressure release valve is in a sealing position. Press MANUAL (High Pressure) and set to 5 minutes.  When the time’s up, shift from sealing to venting and allow quick release. Immediately uncover once the pressure has been released and all the steam has escaped.

  3. Pour the evaporated milk and fish sauce and shift back to saute setting and cook just until the milk is fully heated through (about 1 minute or so). Don't let it cook too long or the macaroni may become too mushy. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle into bowls and top with green onions. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The fish sauce gives this soup its delicious umami flavor so use it if you can. Available at the Asian section of your grocery.