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This is a really simple Instant Pot Lentil Soup recipe using just lentils, split peas and a few veggies. We always add some extra Piri-Piri because we like our soup spicier! Use your judgement for the amount of spice you can handle and let us know what worked for you! I have done this same base recipe so many times, using 1 cup celery and 1 cup carrots, without garlic and onion powder and with fresh garlic and onion. We have made it using beef and chicken broth, but I am sure veggie broth would be great as well! We’ve added a cup or two of diced, canned seasoned tomatoes before and have replaced the lentils with both green and yellow split peas with good results. Depending on how you tweak the recipe, it may look different than the photo. All variations we tried were yummy and I am sure there are countless more, if you want to get creative. The kids devoured this soup and I found it is the only other way our daughter will tolerate cabbage, aside from eating it raw. Hopefully you find it to be as delicious as we do!

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
A tasty soup made easily with lentils, split peas and veggies. Customize the amount of spice to your liking, serve with crusty bread!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Passive Time 50 minutes
Servings
10 people
Ingredients
  • 6 cups stock (meat or veggie)
  • 4 cups water (hot is best)
  • 2 cups russett or sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into 1 1/2" chunks)
  • 2 cups carrots (peeled and chopped into 1 1/2" chunks)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup yellow split peas
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or other oil of choice)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp piri piri (or cayenne
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Passive Time 50 minutes
Servings
10 people
Ingredients
  • 6 cups stock (meat or veggie)
  • 4 cups water (hot is best)
  • 2 cups russett or sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into 1 1/2" chunks)
  • 2 cups carrots (peeled and chopped into 1 1/2" chunks)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup yellow split peas
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or other oil of choice)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp piri piri (or cayenne
Instructions
  1. Add liquid to the Instant Pot liner
  2. Add all other ingredients and stir
  3. Close lid, turn vent to seal and set for 13 minutes on "soup"
  4. Allow to release pressure*
  5. Stir and enjoy with crusty sourdough bread!
Recipe Notes

Naturally releasing pressure is the best but lengthiest option for soup. It is referred to commonly as NPR, or natural pressure release, which basically means leave it completely alone until the lid easily opens.

OR carefully try to Quick Release after it has released pressure naturally for about 20 minutes-ONLY if you are comfortable and careful to do this! I have heard of the vent spewing liquid out when quick releasing for soup recipes, we have never had this happen, but it is possible so please use your best judgement. I highly recommend allowing natural release and never releasing pressure immediately after cook time is done.

Always use safe practices with adjusting the knob to release, use a long handled object with an oven mitt or something along those lines.  We take no responsibility for any problems you may have with your Instant Pot by doing anything outside of the manufacturer's recommendations.