Instant Pot vegetarian cacciatore recipe! This delicious pressure cooker vegan cacciatore is made with white beans and ready in only an hour. AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!
Hello, Rhubarbarians! Today’s recipe is an AWESOME ONE. It’s a flavor packed meat free Instant Pot meal that any carnivore will love: vegetarian cacciatore. You’ll never miss the meat in this one! It’s loaded with meaty and creamy beans, earthy mushrooms, and briny olives. Mmmm…
We’ve been using our Instant Pot more and more these days. It kind of seems like the more we use it, the more we love it. It’s one of those gadgets you really have to practice with, have to know how to use. Ya know what I mean? When I first got it, I was soooo jazzed about Instant Pot baked potatoes. LOL!
But now we are feeling comfy enough to use the Instant Pot for more complex recipes like chilis, soups, and of course this vegan cacciatore. I really want to try making cheesecake!
How to make a flavorful vegetarian cacciatore
This vegan version of chicken cacciatore has all the same flavors that you’d expect from the traditional. Flavor is built by sauteeing lots of mushrooms with onions before cooking them in tomato sauce. Then using fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme. The white beans give you that “meatiness” while keeping it completely plant based.
At the end, we add a splash of red wine for richness and some olives for some salty, briny flavor. Taste and season with as much salt as needed to taste. You will need a LOT of salt! Top it off with fresh parsley and you have made yourself an INCREDIBLE vegetarian cacciatore.
How to make Instant Pot cacciatore
First, you’ll need to soak your white beans. I like to quick soak mine by boiling for 2 minutes and then letting the beans sit in the hot water for an hour. You can also soak the beans overnight. Whichever is easier.
Saute the onions directly in the Instant Pot, then add the rest of the veggies and saute those as well. Add the tomatoes, beans, and herbs to the pot and cook on high pressure. It took 7 minutes for the pot to come to pressure, so not long. When the timer goes off, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then manually release the rest. Total closed lid time is 28 minutes.
Remove the lid and add the wine and the olives. Let this simmer just until it starts to thicken. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or polenta and top with fresh parsley. Enjoy!
Can I use canned beans in this pressure cooker cacciatore recipe?
Of course you can! I recommend the dry beans because they cook perfectly without becoming mushy in the Instant Pot and they absorb all the flavor of the cacciatore.
If you want to use canned beans, you can use cannellini or great northern. Drain and rinse a couple of cans and add 3 cups of beans to the Instant Pot at the same time as the wine and olives. Let them simmer for a few extra minutes to get as much flavor as possible. You don’t want to pressure cook them like you would the soaked dry beans.
Can I make this vegetarian cacciatore on the stove top?
Yep! But it will take quite a bit longer (about 90 minutes cook time) to cook the beans all the way through.
Follow the directions as stated in a dutch oven or soup pot rather than the Instant Pot. Instead of pressure cooking for 15 minutes, you’ll want to cover and simmer everything for about 90 minutes, or until the beans are as tender as you’d like.
If using canned beans, you can make this on the stove top pretty quickly. Using a dutch oven or soup pot, follow step 2 as stated in the recipe, but cover and simmer on the stove top for about 20 minutes. Long enough to let all the flavors meld in the pot. Then follow the rest of the recipe.
Instant Pot vegetarian cacciatore recipe
Instant Pot vegetarian cacciatore recipe! This delicious pressure cooker vegan cacciatore is made with white beans and ready in under an hour. AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!
- 1 cup dried great northern beans*
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 5 cups sliced mushrooms
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- can diced tomatoes 15oz can
- 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves
- 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
- salt and pepper
- 2 Tbsp dry red wine
- 1/2 cup pitted green or black olives
- chopped fresh parsley
Start by quick soaking your beans. Heat them with 3 cups water in a sauce pan until boiling. Rapid boil fo 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Let sit 1 hour. Strain and rinse. Or soak overnight on the counter.
Start the saute function of your Instant Pot on normal and heat the olive oil. Add the onion and saute until starting to brown, 5 minutes. Add the celery, mushrooms, and garlic and saute until softened, stirring often, 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, rosemary, sage, thyme, and soaked beans. Give a good stir and VERY generously season with salt. Season with pepper. Hit cancel on the Instant Pot, put the lid on, and make sure the sealing valve is pointing to "sealing."
Start the pressure cook function at high pressure for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, let naturally release for 5 minutes, then manually release the pressure.
Open the lid and start the saute function on normal again. Add the wine and the olives and saute, stirring often, until thickened, 5-10 minutes.
Turn off the Instant Pot and season to taste with salt and pepper. You may need a lot of salt.
Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or polenta and top with fresh parsley.
*See notes above about using canned beans
The cook time includes the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure and naturally release pressure. In a 6-quart Instant Pot, this takes 7 minutes to come to pressure.
I hope you’ll give this Instant Pot vegetarian cacciatore a try! Snap a pic and give me a shout on social media! #Rhubarbarians
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