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Instant pot red lentil soup

Perfect one pot easy weeknight dinner idea for when you need something quick and healthy. Delicious red lentil soup recipe made in the instant pot. Full of bright lemon, and earthy spices.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: lebanese
Keyword: easy dinner, instant pot, one pot, red lentils, soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Maria

Equipment

  • instant pot

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb lentils (-make sure to rinse the lentils )
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 small potato (peeled and diced small)
  • 2 small carrots (peeled and diced small)
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 lemons (-juiced)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel and cube your carrots and potatoes. Rinse off your lentils. Dice your onions and mince your garlic.
  • Set your instant pot to saute and add 2 tbsp of oil. Once the pan is hot add in the diced onions and saute for 1 minute or until onions are translucent.
  • Add in the diced carrots, potatoes, garlic, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and garam masala and saute for two minutes.
  • Add in the water and scrape anything that got stuck on the bottom. Add in the rinsed lentils and bouillon cube.
  • Cancel saute and put the lid on, making sure to turn it to seal.
  • Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Let it slow release for 2 minutes then quick release the rest of the way.
  • Squeeze the juice of two lemons into the soup and stir well. Taste and add salt, it will need it. I add 1-2 tsp. I also love adding a tablespoon of soy sauce at this point. It adds a nice depth of flavor to the soup.

Notes

If you'd like a lower fat version, just use water or vegetable broth instead of oil to saute the vegetables. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Instant pot red lentil soup
Amount per Serving
Calories
267
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
111
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
717
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Fiber
 
19
g
79
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
2117
IU
42
%
Vitamin C
 
16
mg
19
%
Calcium
 
57
mg
6
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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