Vegan Instant Pot Lentil Soup

food by joe recipe vegan vegetarian lentil soup instant pot healthy

This fast & easy vegan instant pot lentil soup is hearty, comforting, delicious and HEALTHY with 12g of protein per cup! Under 30 minutes!


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. green lentils
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 c. low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 c. baby spinach or chopped kale



  1. Place the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, lentils, tomatoes, thyme and Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in the instant pot. Add broth and stir to combine. 
  2. Secure the lid and make sure the vent is set to ‘sealing’. 
  3. Set instant pot to ‘Manual’, ‘High’ and set for 18 minutes. 
  4. Once the 18-minute cycle has finished, CAREFULLY switch the valve to ‘venting’ for quick release. (Recommended: place a folded towel over the valve to prevent steam from burning hands or creating condensation on cabinets)
  5. Once all pressure is released, remove the lid and stir in spinach or kale. 
  6. Optional: serve with fresh herbs, lemon wedges, and parmesan.