Instant Pot Lentil Soup has bright delicious flavors packed in a light, yet hearty soup! Greek Lentil Soup is a vegetarian soup made with few ingredients and finished with red wine vinegar to give it a little pizzaz! It’s ready in a snap, made in the pressure cooker or on the stove top!
Have you been enjoying soup month? I hope so! I’ve been sharing some of my favorites soups; Beef Noodle Soup and Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup and wonderful stews. And then there are the chowders; Clam Chowder and Turkey Corn Chowder and big flavorful meals like Instant Pot Chili Recipe and Lamb Stew.
Today I thought I’d change it up and share a light vegetarian soup that is SO GOOD! Plus, I realized it’s been a while since I’ve shared an Instant Pot recipe. So this easy soup is made in your pressure cooker!
But don’t worry, no pressure cooker? No problem! Stove top directions are below as well.
The inspiration for this soup comes from our frequent visits to a Greek Restaurant. It serves up kabobs, sandwiches, salads and of course soup! All of their soups are homemade and they are just delicious!
So…. I just had to figure out that yummy recipe so I could share it with you!
It took me a while to figure out what gives this soup the perfect zing and I finally nailed it. A drizzle of olive oil and a bit of red wine vinegar gives it just the right pop of flavor!
Grocery list for Lentil Soup Instant Pot
- vegetable stock
- stalks celery
- tomato paste
- bay leaves
- salt and pepper
- red wine vinegar
- olive oil
A few lentil facts – brown and green lentil are the most common. They hold their shape well in cooking because they haven’t been hulled. Red or yellow split or sprouted lentils are perfect for soup because they have a tendency to disintegrate during the cooking process.
How long do you cook lentils in an instant pot?
The different kinds of lentils cook at different times. This recipe calls for sprouted or split lentils and only takes 4 minutes. Can’t find that variety? No problem, substitute with green or brown lentils! Just increase the time in your pressure cooker to ten minutes.
How long does lentil soup keep for?
Lentil soup will keep no longer than 5 days refrigerated. Allow the soup to cool completely, then store in a container in the refrigerator. The good news is if you don’t eat this right away, the best option is to tuck it into the freezer.
What makes this Greek Lentil Soup?
Traditionally, Greek Lentil Soup is a light soup with vegetables and herbs. It’s a vegetarian soup usually with few ingredients and will be finished with an acid, like lemon or red wine vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil. For more tips and tricks to make the BEST Soups and Stew – Homemade Soup: A Complete Guide.
Steps to make Instant Pot Lentil Soup
- Prepare the vegetables. Dice the onion, slice the carrot and celery, mince the garlic.
- Set the pressure cooker to saute. Add the olive oil and vegetables and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the tomato paste, seasonings and garlic. Saute for another minute.
- Add the lentils and vegetable stock. Set the IP on manual and timer to four minutes. Add the lid and seal, close the valve.
- Quick release and allow the steam to escape. Remove the lid and stir. Add two tablespoons of red wine vinegar to finish the soup. Don’t skip this part!
Stove Top Directions for Greek Lentil Soup
- Prepare the vegetables as stated above.
- Put a large stockpot over medium heat on the stove. When hot, add the olive oil and next the vegetables. Saute for 5 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and seasoning. Also, add the minced garlic and saute another minute.
- Pour in the vegetable stock and the lentils. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low bubble and simmer until the lentils are tender, stirring occasionally – about 15-20 minutes if you’re using brown or green lentils. 5-10 minutes if you’re using split lentils.
- Remove from the heat and be sure to finish with the red wine vinegar!
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There are several pressure cookers available, some cost less – some cost more! Here is the one I recommend – Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Lentil Soup
- 1 cup lentils
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 carrots peeled and sliced into coins
- 1 onion peeled and diced
- 2 stalks celery sliced
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Peel the onion and dice. Peel the carrot and slice into coins, slice the celery, mince the garlic.
- Turn the Instant Pot to saute. When hot add two tablespoons olive oil. Add the onions, carrots and celery and saute for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the tomato paste, bay leaves, salt, pepper and garlic. Saute for another minute.
- Add the lentils and vegetable stock. Change the setting to manual and set the timer to four minutes. Add the lid and seal. Ensure the valve is set to seal also.
- When the timer goes off, quick release and allow all the steam to escape. Remove the lid and stir. Add two tablespoons of red wine vinegar and stir. Don't skip this part!
- If desired top each bowl with an extra drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of minced parsley - amazing!!!