Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Simple, nutritious, and made with the press of a button… this Instant Pot Lentil Soup is giving me all the fall feels. Whether you are looking for a simple meal prep idea or making dinner for the family this soup can satisfy in many ways.
If you guys have not heard of the instant pot you are missing out! I got one a couple years ago for Christmas from my mom & I fell in love after the first time I used it. Dried beans in 10 minutes, quinoa or rice in 5 minutes, soups that taste like they have been simmering all night in 15 minutes… I can go on.
The instant pot does the work of a crock pot in a fraction of the time.
All you have to do is add the ingredients to the pot & press a button. The best part is that you have a delicious healthy dinner without having to do any work. I love making instant pot meals in bulk and using them as meal prep for the week. While the instant pot is doing its thing, I can do the laundry, work on a blog, relax, and spend the time elsewhere.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons herbs of Provence
1/2 cup pured tomatoes
6 cups mineral broth
1 bay leaf
2 cups green lentils, picked over and rinsed
3 cups tuscan sliced kale
sea salt to taste
black pepper to taste
Turn the pressure cooker on to the saute setting and add the oil. Saute the onion until translucent stirring constantly. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, and herbs and saute another minute. Turn the saute setting off.
Add the tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, and lentils. Cover the Instant Pot and set it to 6 minutes manual cook time. Always make sure the valve is closed. Let the pot do its thing. After about 10 minutes you will see the 6 minute timer start once the pot has attained the appropriate pressure. Let the pot naturally loose pressure for about 15 minutes before releasing the rest by loosening the valve.
Use tongs to remove the bay leaf. Stir in the kale to wilt and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh avocado or micro greens.