Instant Pot Cowabunga Pizza Soup

This is a simple and delicious soup that gives you the tastes of a supreme pizza, in a bowl. It will satisfy all the little ninjas in your life.

My girlfriend told me about a pizza soup she gets once in a while at her work cafeteria, but it’s been a really long time since they had it. So I decided to try putting something together that would be similar to what she described. It’s basically a chili but has no beans, and most of the ingredients are things you’d find in a slice of pizza!

Cowabunga Pizza Soup ingredients

It works great in the Instant Pot, but could easily be made in a Crock Pot or slow cooker as well.

Cowabunga Pizza Soup

This soup is a pizza party in a bowl, and everybody is invited!
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 lb ground hot Italian sausage (thawed) (use mild if you don’t like the heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 green pepper (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can sliced black olives (drained)
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms (drained)
  • 1/2 package pepperoni (cut into quarters)
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup mozarella cheese


  • Turn Instant Pot to saute function and brown the sausage.  Drain if needed.  As it nears completion, add the garlic, onions and green pepper to let them cook together for a few moments.  Use a spatula and make sure to scrape up any bits that are sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Stir in oregano, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, black olives, mushrooms, pepperoni and beef broth.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid, and set to high pressure cook for 15 minutes.  
  • After cooking is finished, allow it to naturally release for at least 10 minutes before doing a quick release.  
  • Serve topped with crushed red pepper (if desired) and mozzarella cheese.