Lentil Soup (Instant Pot)

We love soups in this house and one of our favourites is this lentil soup! It’s healthy, delicious and packed with a ton of protein! Soups are a great way to fill up without that heavy feeling. One of the key things I did to lose weight over the course of many months, was to implement soups into my diet at least four times a week. This really helped me curb my craving pangs and focus on my goals.

While the final result of the soup is indeed yellow, I actually used RED lentils for this soup! We did add a bit of turmeric  which has an abundance of health benefits and gives this soup the vibrant yellow shade.

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Here is the complete recipe:


Lentil Soup

I used the Instant Pot for this recipe but you can easily make this on the stove top too.

  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils (Washed & Drained)
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Cloves (or Garlic Powder) (Crushed)
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 4 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Stock
  • 1-2 Bay Leaves
  • Optional: Garnish with Hot Sauce
  1. Chop up the onion and set aside.

  2. Crush the garlic cloves now if you are using fresh garlic.

  3. Plug in the instant pot and hit the Sautee button.

  4. Once the instant pot says “Hot” add in the onion and mix.

  5. Once the onions are golden brown, add in the garlic and mix.

  6. After a minute add in the lentils and mix.

  7. Add in the vegetable stock and the spices now. Mix well.

  8. Hit the cancel/off button on the instant pot.

  9. Put on the lid of the instant pot (making sure the valve is pointed to the centre!).

  10. Hit the multigrain button and reduce the time to 10 minutes.

  11. The instant pot will take 15 minutes to pressurize.

  12. Once the instant pot is done cooking it will beep. 

  13. Carefully turn the nozzle and release the steam.

  14. Open the lid and mix the lentil soup.

  15. Enjoy a healthy and delicious meal! Serve with a crusty bread or with nachos as I did!

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