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Instant Pot Lentil Soup Recipe

This Instant Pot lentil soup recipe has been adapted from the way I used to make it on the stove. Not only is it quick and easy but also it’s delicious and nutritious.

Bowl of lentil soup

Anyone who is a fan of lentil soup knows it’s a delicious dish that can be served with or without meat.

Lentil soup has quite a few nutrients, including protein. For this reason, it’s good for vegetarians if you use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

If you’ve never had lentil soup, you really should try it. You’ll be amazed by how you like it. My daughters loved it, even when they were little.

Back when my children were little, I needed something I could put on the table quickly after church. We tried eating out, but I quickly got tired of the kids’ menus and the noise.

Canned vs. Homemade Lentil Soup

So I discovered the canned lentil soup. It tasted good and seemed to have some nutritious things in it, like carrots and spinach. However, there were a couple of problems.

First, it was way too salty for my taste. Second, it had a couple of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce.

And finally, when I calculated the cost, it was pricy. I knew that for the same price, I could make triple the amount and freeze it.

Armed with the ingredient list from the cans, I purchased everything I needed. Then I came home and started working on perfecting my own version of lentil soup.

It only took a couple of tries to get it exactly the way my family likes it. Now I make my homemade lentil soup in the Instant Pot.

This homemade lentil soup is now on our soup rotation along with my bean soup and this delicious vegetable beef soup.

We also like this creamy tomato soup that is delicious and fun to eat with a grilled pimento cheese sandwich. Another one we like in the Instant Pot is this taco soup.

Some people only eat soup during the cold winter months. However, we eat it year round because we know it’s good for us.

Instant pot filled with cooked lentil soup.

Instant Pot Cooking

I’m a huge fan of the Instant Pot. However, I have to admit that I was slightly intimidated in the beginning.

I sat and stared at it for a couple of days before I finally used it. And now I’m hooked.

Since I’ve learned that I’m not the only person who wasn’t sure about it, I wrote a post on Instant Pot tips.

Check them out before you get started so you’ll have more confidence. If you’re as busy as most people, this handy appliance can be a real lifesaver.

Stovetop vs. Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Although the stovetop version is wonderful, the Instant Pot makes it even better. For one thing, when you make lentil soup on the pressure cooker setting of the Instant Pot, it’s fast.

Another thing I like about it is that the broth thickens on its own without having to mash any of the lentils. I also appreciate how all of the flavors from the ingredients meld into a mouthful of deliciousness.

Do You Have to Soak the Lentils?

When I made lentil soup on the stovetop, I used to soak them for a couple of hours. This hastened the cooking process.

Now that I use the Instant Pot, I don’t have to soak them first. However, I still rinse them.

Are Lentils Good for You?

Since lentils have so many benefits, they are good for you. They are high in soluble fiber, so they help in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. Lentils also contain folate and magnesium, which are good for your heart health.

Lentils are an excellent source of protein. My lentil soup is filling and helps provide energy for hours after eating it.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Lentil Soup

You’ll need lentils, of course. You also need canned chopped spinach, tomato paste, beef broth, and vegetable broth.

Lentils, canned spinach, tomato paste, beef broth, and vegetable broth

Other ingredients I added include onions, carrots, and celery. However, there have been times when I forgot to pick up celery or carrots, and it still turns out great.

Celery, carrots, and onions

How to Make Instant Pot Lentil Soup

When you use your Instant Pot to make this soup, you don’t need any other pots or pans. That makes for easy cleanup.

If you don’t already have one, Amazon offers this Instant Pot at a good price.

Bottle of olive oil

First, drizzle some olive oil into the pot and sauté your onions until they become translucent. That only takes a few minutes.

Saute the onions.

Next, add the celery and carrots. Sauté them for a couple of minutes and then turn off the Instant Pot while you add the other ingredients.

Add the drained chopped spinach, a can of tomato paste, some beef broth, vegetable broth, and some water to the pot. Now add the lentils and give it a quick stir.

Finally, add the seasonings and stir again.

Cook on full pressure for 20 minutes. After that, allow the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes.

Then push the valve to release the remaining pressure before you open the lid.

Set the Instant Pot on 20 minutes to cook the lentil soup.

Vegetarian or Vegan Lentil Soup

If you follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you can unquestionably still make this lentil soup. All you have to do is omit the beef broth and double the vegetable broth. It has a slightly different flavor, but it is still delicious.

What to Serve with Homemade Lentil Soup

My husband and I enjoy eating lentil soup with a little bit of crusty bread—regular for him and gluten-free for me. We either butter it or dip it in olive oil.

You can also serve it with this Mediterranean salad or a delicious chicken salad sandwich. If you’re having a multi-course meal, then this lentil soup can be the first course.

Lentil soup in a bowl

After eating your lentil soup, why not have some dessert? We like these flourless peanut butter cookies.

More Great Recipes

See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck, Full Plate Thursday, and Meal Plan Monday.

Instant Pot lentil soup in a bowl

Instant Pot Lentil Soup Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • One 16-ounce package of dry lentils
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions
  • 1 can of chopped spinach, drained
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. Turn your Instant Pot on sauté. Drizzle the olive oil in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the carrots and celery and sauté for about 2 minutes. Turn off the Instant Pot while you add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour the drained spinach, tomato paste, beef broth, vegetable broth, and 1 cup of water into the pot.
  4. Add the lentils and stir.
  5. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, and black pepper.
  6. Put on the lid and turn the knob to pressure.
  7. Press the “manual” button and press the plus (+) sign until you’re at 20 minutes.
  8. It will take a few minutes to get to full pressure. Once it does, it will cook for 20 minutes. After it beeps, allow it to naturally depressurize for about 10 minutes.
  9. Carefully turn the top knob to vent and allow all of the steam to escape.
  10. Remove the lid, add the second cup of water, and stir. If you prefer it to be a thinner soup, you can add more water until it’s how you like it.
  11. Scoop it into bowls and serve. It is so delicious!


You can make a vegetarian version of this soup by using vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 630mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 8g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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