Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Hearty, warm and inviting, this Instant Pot Lentil Soup is the absolute perfect winter meal. This vegetarian soup is flavored with tomatoes, fresh herbs and a hint of spice that make this soup not only feel-good-food but just plain delicious. It’s made easily in the Instant Pot (or in your Slow Cooker) for a hands-off meal destined to make whoever it is served so happy.

vegetarian Instant Pot lentil soup in a bowlInstant Pot Lentil Soup

When the weather is chilly outside, and your body just needs to feel warmed from the inside out, this Lentil Soup is JUST what you need. This hearty soup is packed with lentils, veggies, fresh herbs and spices. It has a deep flavor but is pretty simple to make, especially since we’re using the Instant Pot! But don’t worry, we’ve included instructions for the slow cooker as well. This vegan soup is pure comfort food in a bowl.

Ingredients Needed

  • Lentils (Green or Brown)
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Coconut Aminos (this is optional but nice because it adds depth of flavor)
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Veggie Broth
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Bay Leaves
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Instant pot lentil soup being partially pureed with a hand blender

How to Make Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot

We love being able to make this in the Instant Pot! It truly makes this an easy one pot meal that you don’t have to worry about checking on!

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Cook the onion, carrots, celery using the saute mode until very softened.
  2. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and coconut aminos and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, lentils, broth. Tie the thyme sprigs and bay leaves together with kitchen twine (so they can easily be removed later) then add to the Instant Pot.
  3. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Once the timer has gone off, allow the pressure to release for 15 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  4. Open the lid and remove thyme and bay leaf. If desired, puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Instructions

Don’t have an Instant Pot? This works well in the slow cooker as well!

  1. Create an herb bundle by tying up the fresh herb with butchers twine so it can easily be removed from the soup.
  2. Place the herb bundle and all ingredients except the apple cider vinegar inside a large slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours, or until the lentils are tender. 
  4. Puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture, if desired. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lentil Soup made in the instant pot in a bowl

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:35 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:50 Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Using the saute function on a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, heat the oil. Add onion, carrots, celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until very softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and coconut aminos and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, lentils, broth. Tie the thyme sprigs and bay leaves together with kitchen twine and add to the Instant Pot.
  3. Cover and set the steam valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Once done, allow the pressure to release for 15 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  4. Open lid, remove thyme and bay leaf. If desired, puree 1 cup of the soup to create a thicker texture. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

  1. See body of the post for slow cooker directions.
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One comment on “Instant Pot Lentil Soup

  • Just made this soup today. I love it. Delicious and filling, a perfect combination.

    Are this nutritional facts correct for this soup? I dropped the ingredients in MyFitnessPal to log and I got 390 calories for 4 servings (1/4 of the recipe) not 90. The lentils alone have 1140 calories.

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