Closer look of the 2 crocks of instant pot lentil soup with a plate of small pita rounds and the big bowl of lentil soup in the background

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

This delightful soup can be on your table in less than 30 minutes.

Course Soup
Cuisine Soup
Keyword instant pot lentil soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 207 kcal
Author Elaine Benoit


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion chopped
  • 1 purple onion chopped
  • 4 carrots chopped into little chunks
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper a few shakes is fine
  • 3 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 32 ounces beef broth use vegetable broth for vegetarian version
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 7 shakes
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils rinsed and picked over for rocks, green or which ever you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups water


Make it!

  1. Turn your Instant Pot on to sauté - normal
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. Add onions and sauté for 4 minutes
  4. Add carrots, celery, garlic, salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes
  5. Add lentils, broth, water, cumin, chili powder, red pepper shakes, thyme, bay leaves, tomato paste

  6. Seal Instant Pot and push the soup/broth button - which should be on a 20 minute timer
  7. Once the IP beeps, slowly release pressure by turning the knob, being careful not to burn your hand.  It takes about 5 minutes to release all the steam
  8. Open IP
  9. Transfer Instant Pot lentil soup into a container to serve at the table or ladle soup into crocks or bowls

  10. Eat
  11. Smile
  12. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

Tips for making IP lentil soup:

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 785mg34%
Potassium 655mg19%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 5310IU106%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.