Sunday, August 16, 2020

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Instant Pot Lentil Soup features garden vegetables and lentils in a flavorful broth. Make this healthy soup recipe in just 25 minutes! 

Instant Pot Lentil Soup in a bowl
Soup makes a wonderfully filling meal either on its own or with a loaf of bread and a salad. If you enjoy making homemade soup, you might want to try a few more of my recipes.

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden copycat recipe) is a favorite pressure cooker soup recipe.

Or, you might want to try my Baked Potato Soup recipe. It comes fully loaded with cheese, bacon, and sour cream! This dinner is utterly life-changing.

If you are looking for a freezer soup, my Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is a wonderful way to use up what's left in the freezer.

Made in just 25 minutes, this easy recipe is bursting with fabulous flavor, tender chunks of chicken and veggies.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup ingredients

Making Instant Pot Lentil Soup

This vegan lentil soup can be on the table in less than thirty minutes. It's a perfectly healthy dinner for your busiest days.

While I've used fresh vegetables when making this soup, you can easily use frozen, canned, or leftover.

Just add them toward the end of the cooking time so they don't get too soft.

Protein options 

Lentils are high in protein on their own. So, there is no need to add any other type of protein to this soup.

But, I know that there are some people who don't consider it to be dinner unless there is meat in the soup.

You can easily add beef, pork, or chicken to your soup if you want to. Or, if you want to keep this as a freezer meal, you can add whatever leftover meat you have stored in the freezer.

Just add the cooked meat at the same time you add the other ingredients and it will cook perfectly.

If you want to keep this as vegan lentil soup, look for frozen protein crumbles at the grocery store. There are several different vegan options that would work well in this soup.

Tools needed
freezer soup in a bag

Frequently asked questions

Crockpot and Instant Pot cooking instructions for Lentil soup:

When using an instant pot:
  • Cooking frozen: 
    • Place frozen contents into the Instant Pot.
    • Pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
    • Set instant pot to pressure cook and cook for 25 minutes with quick release.

  • Cooking fresh:
    • If cooking fresh, place ingredients into the instant pot.
    • Pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
    • Set instant pot to pressure cook and cook for 20 minutes with quick release.
  • When using a Crockpot:
    • Cooking frozen:
      • Add frozen contents to crockpot and pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
      • Cook on LOW for 10 hours or on HIGH for 7-8 hours.

  • Cooking fresh:
    • Add frozen contents to crockpot and pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
    • Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 5-6 hours.

  • Instant Pot Lentil Soup pouring in chicken stock 

    What type of lentils to use

    This recipe is made with brown lentils, but you can use red, black, or green lentils for this as well. Black lentils are one of the healthiest types of lentils. 

    They contain 26 grams of protein and 18 grams of fiber. That makes this Instant Pot Lentil Soup one of the healthiest soups I've tried.

    What to serve with vegan lentil soup

    Lentil soup tastes great when topped with parmesan cheese alongside a garlic bread or naan. 

    Because it’s a dense, yet healthy soup, you may want to consider a lighter side such as a side salad or fresh vegetables.

    Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot 

    How to make the soup vegan 

    This Instant Pot Lentil Soup is already vegan provided you use vegetable broth instead of a chicken broth. If you follow my recipe exactly, you won't need to make any other substitutions.

    How to store freezer soup

    You can store lentil soup for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Make sure to store the soup in an airtight container. 

    This soup also freezes well after it’s been cooked. You can freeze it for up to 6 months for best quality.

    To reheat it, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, place it in a pot on the stove and heat it over low heat until it's warm.

    vegan lentil soup

    Enjoy!

    With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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    Instant Pot Lentil Soup

    Instant Pot Lentil Soup features garden vegetables and lentils in a flavorful broth. Make this healthy soup recipe in just 25 minutes! 
    Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 45 Minutes (Includes 15 minutes to pressurize and 5 minutes to release)

    Ingredients

    • 8 cups chicken stock
    • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
    • 2 large carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
    • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
    • 1 1/2 cups lentils, rinsed
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes

    Instructions

    1. Add all ingredients into the Instant Pot. 
    2. Cover and seal. Set release valve to sealing.
    3. Set Instant Pot on MANUAL and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes. 
    4. When it is done cooking. Allow the steam to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then carefully turn to Quick Release to allow any remaining steam to escape.
    5. Stir to combine, add salt if necessary. Enjoy!  
    DONNA'S NOTES

    To make ahead pour all ingredients (except chicken stock) in a freezer zip top bag and seal. Freeze for up to 6 months.

    When using an instant pot:
    • Cooking frozen: 
      • Place frozen contents into the Instant Pot.
      • Pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
      • Set instant pot to pressure cook and cook for 25 minutes with quick release.
    • Cooking fresh:
      • If cooking fresh, place ingredients into the instant pot.
      • Pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
      • Set instant pot to pressure cook and cook for 20 minutes with quick release.
    When using a Crockpot:
    • Cooking frozen:
      • Add frozen contents to crockpot and pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
      • Cook on LOW for 10 hours or on HIGH for 7-8 hours.
    • Cooking fresh:
      • Add frozen contents to crockpot and pour in water and bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
      • Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 5-6 hours.
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    1 comment:

    1. How come both ways to cook say add frozen vegetables?

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