Lentil Soup in 10 Minutes (Pressure Cooker)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

This is a super-fast, filling, healthy, and delicious vegetarian soup. Note: you may add corn kernels when you remove the pressure cooker lid. Remember that this soup is hotter than any soup that you make on the stove so let it cool accordingly. Recipe adapted from "The Veggie Queen" Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, and is on her DVD, "Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots and sauté for another minute. Add the bay leaves, thyme, savory as desired, water or broth, lentils, and potato. Stir well.
  3. Lock the lid in place on the cooker and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat until you achieve high pressure. Reduce the heat to maintain pressure for 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the pressure come down naturally. Remove the lid, tilting it away from you. Remove the bay leaves and thyme stems, and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with grated Parmesan as desired.
Most Helpful

This was excellent I had no savory winter herbs so I used 1/2 Tbsp of parsley and 1/2 tsp oregano. I also added 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 3 stalks of celery chopped and added an extra potato. It was my first time using my pressure cooker and it turned out great.

lbruce March 25, 2011

I made this soup tonight and it was delicious. I do, however think 8 cups of liquids would be better, because otherwise this would be more like a stew rather than a soup. Also for personal preference I added, after I cooled and lifted the lid, one can of rotel tomatoes and a little shredded cabbage. Enjoyed this very much. I cooked it for 6 minutes as recipe directed, more would have made it mush. Maybe thats because I have and electric stove?

roedl November 13, 2015

I stuck to the ingredients and time however the lentils stuck to the bottom of the pressure cooker and was very mushy. I have been pressure ccoking for 20 years and a better alternative would be to use 1/2 cup of red lentils and 1/2 cup of green puy or brown lentils rather than 2 cups in total.

jkhederlian October 27, 2015