instant pot lentil soup

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is one of those hearty meals you can't resist dipping a toasted piece of bread. Since this one is made in an Instant Pot, it's also a quick and easy soup to throw together for a weeknight dinner.


    • 3 carrots, sliced
    • 3 pieces of celery, chopped
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
    • 2 c. dried green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
    • 8 c. vegetable broth
    • 8 oz. tomato sauce
    • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
    • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 tsp. salt, plus more for serving
    • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more for serving
    • 8 oz. baby spinach, large stems removed
    • Olive oil, for serving 


    1. In the base of a 6-quart instant pot, combine the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, lentils, vegetable broth, tomato sauce, 1 cup of water, cumin, coriander, turmeric, bay leaf, salt and pepper.   
    2. 2Cover the Instant Pot with the lid and lock it into place. Seal the steam release handle. Select HIGH PRESSURE and set the timer for 10 minutes. When the timer is up, let rest for 10 minutes, then manually release the pressure (unseal the steam release handle). Unlock and remove the lid, being careful of any remaining steam. Remove the bay leaf.
    3. 3Stir in the spinach and let it wilt. Season with additional salt. Serve the soup with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of black pepper, if you like.