Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas

We’re loving this quick and easy Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas! Stove-top instructions also available below. Vegetarian + GF

We're loving this quick and easy Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas! Stove-top instructions also available below. Vegetarian + GF

So I totally make all my soups in my Instant Pot now. Like seriously, all of them. It’s glorious because I get slow simmered flavor in a fraction of the time, often with little to no effort on my part. If you’re in the market for one, let me be the annoying friend shouting “DOOOOO IT!!!!” from the rooftops.

Since I know most of you haven’t taken that leap yet, I’m including complete stove top instructions for ya. After all, that’s how I made this tomato soup pre-IP!

No matter which method you use, this soup is good! Creamy tomato soup has to be, hands-down, one of my favorite comfort foods of all time. I usually serve mine up with baked mozzarella balls, grilled cheese, or a cheesy quesadilla but lately I’ve been keeping things light with my crispy parmesan roasted chickpeas on top. LOVE IT SO!

We're loving this quick and easy Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas! Stove-top instructions also available below. Vegetarian + GF

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas

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We're loving this quick and easy Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas! Stove-top instructions also available below. Vegetarian + GF

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Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas




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We’re loving this quick and easy Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas! No pressure cooker? No problem! Stove-top instructions also available in the post below. Vegetarian + GF


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 or 15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) fire roasted tomatoes, + extra as desired
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 TBSP dried basil, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (optional*)
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 3 oz cream cheese or cream, add to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

*note: I add a pinch of sugar to my tomato soup to help cut the natural acidity of the tomatoes (my husband requests this little addition a lot). The carrots and cream cheese also help, so if needed feel free to skip the sugar and add a little extra carrot/cream to the mix, to taste.

crispy parmesan chickpeas

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP finely grated Parmesan cheese (approx. 1/2 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 


Below are the electric pressure cooker instructions. For stove top instructions, see blog post below.

for the soup:

  1. Switch your pressure cooker to the saute funtion and sauté onion in 1 TBSP oil for 3-5 minutes, until edges are golden and brown.
  2. Next add garlic and sauté for a minute more to bring out the flavor.
  3. Add seasoning (salt, oregano, basil, and (optional) sugar) along with carrots, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and broth.
  4. Set to high pressure for 15 minutes and allow to come to pressure, allowing a natural pressure release.
  5. Add your cream cheese and puree using a hand held immersion blender until fabulously smooth and bisque-like. You can also blend the soup, in two batches, in your blender or food processor.
  6. Lastly, give the soup a taste and adjust broth/tomato/seasoning to taste, adding any extra of whatever you prefer to get your ideal thickness and flavor. 
  7. Add all your roasted chickpeas on top (and a sprinkle of parmesan if you're feeling cheesy) and dive in!

for the chickpeas:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F
  2. Drain the chickpeas in a colander or sieve and rinse well.
  3. Pat the chickpeas very dry with a clean dishtowel or paper towels. The drier the chickpeas, the crispier your end result. If you have time, leave them to air-dry for a few minutes, and remove any chickpea skins that come off while drying.
  4. Toss the chickpeas with olive oil and salt until all your little chicka-peas are coated, then arrange in an even layer on a baking sheet.  
  5. Roast on the center rack for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Stir or shake the pan of chickpeas at the 10 minute mark for even crispiness.
  6. While still hot from the oven, toss the chickpeas with the spices and parmesan cheese.


Yields approx. 2-3 large bowls or 4 small bowls.

Crispy Roasted Parmesan Chickpeas

Question: is it weird that I crave chickpeas? I’m talking cah-raaaaave with a capital C. It’s totally a thing right? No?

Anwho! I’m writing this up while a bowl of leftover soup warms on the stovetop right now and I almost can’t fathom eating it without a tray of chickpeas. Since trying the combo last week I am head over heels obsessed with the combo. The lusciously thick and creamy soup topped with crispy-yet-chewy seasoned chickpeas… GAH! I suppose I should pre-heat the oven, eh?


stove-top instructions

No pressure cooker? No problem! This soup cooks up easily on the stove with just a few simple steps.

  1. In a large stainless steel pot or dutch oven, sauté onions in oil until tender.
  2. Once the onions are translucent, add garlic and sauté for a minute more to bring out the flavor.
  3. Season with salt, oregano, basil, and (optional) sugar.
  4. Add carrots, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, cream cheese and broth. Simmer on low for 25 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have shacked up together.
  5. Next, puree using a hand held immersion blender until fabulously smooth and bisque-like. You can also blend the soup, in batches, in your blender or food processor. If using a blender/processor, let the soup cool slightly before blending for safety.
  6. Serve piping hot topped with crispy parmesan chickpeas.

love your leftovers!

The leftovers are phenomenal! Like with most tomato based soups the flavors are somehow even better the next day, which makes prepping grab and go lunches for work or school a total breeze.

Make the chickpeas sans parmesan (you can store a little cup of grated parm in the fridge to take along with your soup if desired) and they will keep in an airtight container on the counter for a few days. The chickpeas are always crunchiest straight off the pan, so expect your leftover garbanzos to be more chewy and tender, but still super flavorful and great with this soup!

Hope y’all LOVE this Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas!

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  • Kim

    I’ve meaning to get to this recipe for a while now. I only had a half a can of diced tomatoes so I doctored this up a bit. Same ingredients, just off on the measurements. Chickpeas were meh. Was hoping they’d be crispier so I could eat them as a snack. Not a fan of cream cheese, I subbed an avacado, was really yummy and better for you to 😉

    • Thanks Kim! Glad the soup worked with the swaps (super interested in trying the avocado sub sometime – sounds fun!) A chickpea tip: a longer bake time will totally crisp them up more; though they’ll always soften by the next day in my experience when you make them without a dehydrator which is what the snack brands use for their packaged crispy chickpeas. Pan-frying is another way to crisp up the chickpeas too! I like them pretty much every which way and any degree of crispiness 😉

  • Paired this delicious soup with grilled cheeses for dinner! It’s so easy to make and full of flavor!

    • Thank you Parita! Grilled cheese sounds like the perfect combo!

  • Anna

    This soup was amazing! I have tried to make something that we like as much as Panera’s tomato soup for years and this was sooo good! I will definitely be making this again!

    • Panera’s tomato soup is one of our favorite restaurant soups – so glad you’re loving this easy peasy homemade version – thank you Anna! 🙂

  • Emily

    Can you double this recipe in a 6qt instant pot?

    • Hey Emily, Happy New Year!! 🙂 The 6qt *should* be able to handle the volume of doubling the soup but I haven’t tested it to make sure it’s below the max fill line. I’d say go for it. As a backup, save one can’s worth of tomato sauce for last when you’re adding everything and if it passes the max by that point (I don’t think it will but, just in case!) you can always add that final can in after once you remove the lid to blend the soup. If that makes sense? Let me know how it goes! xoxo

    • Anna

      I did that and it fit!

  • Tracy

    This soup was fabulous!!! And the chick peas just take it over the top! Thanks so much for the yummy recipe.

  • Dawn DiGangi

    Wonderful recipe thanks for sharing…will be used frequently! So tasty and quick….love everything about that. <3

    • Thank you Dawn! I’m thrilled you’re loving it! 🙂

  • Ann

    I am in LOVE with this soup and really rather obsessed with it. The flavor is outstanding and the chickpeas on top – to die for! And I thought I only liked chickpeas in hummus!! Love it!!

    • So super happy to hear it Ann, thank you! You totally made my day and I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  • Samantha

    Do you put the cream cheese in with the tomatoes (in the IP step 3) before pressuring?

    • Hey Samantha! At the end before blending. Cream and cheeses don’t pressurize well and curdle, so they’re best at the end swirled into the piping hot soup 🙂 Hope you love it as much as we do!

  • I’m obsessed with my Instant Pot. I’ve got to try this soup. It’s gorgeous!!! (Can soups be gorgeous? I think so..)

    • Aw thanks Maryea! 🙂 I’m obsessed with mine too – it’s so handy on busy weeknights!

  • Amy

    Help! I totally bought into the instant pot craze and bought the Powert Pressure Cooker XL at Costco, and everything we have made in it is incredibly bland. Today we made a whole chicken with sage, rosemary, sautéed onions and garlic, etc. and when I opened up the pot it tasted like boiled chicken. Literally no flavor. Do you have any advice? No one else seems to have that problem! We have followed recipes from the instruction manual as well as just flew by the seat of our pants – everything we cook tastes like nothing at all.

    • I’m in an Instant Pot group on Facebook (the official one for the appliance, totally a great one to join no matter which pressure cooker you own!) and I hear this complaint a ton! I’ve heard the issue is that the flavor from spices and aromatics get so completely absorbed that you need to add more than you normally would. Some people add extra to the pot and some just add extra to taste once the dish is complete. I usually do the latter but I’ve found that soups are really good at holding flavor in the PC.

      The best chicken I’ve done in there is poached in a mixture of broth and salsa verde with taco seasonings like chili powder, cumin, and a little cayenne for kick. I let the pressure release naturally (quick releasing it can make meat tough from what I’ve been hearing?) and then shred it up for tacos, salads, quesadillas, stuffed sweet potatoes, etc… For sure try one of my soups. I found this one super duper flavorful and same for my Instant Pot Tortilla Soup Hope this helps Amy! I’m so glad you stopped by 🙂 xoxo