Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is a delicious, easy, and, most importantly, FAST way to make a hearty, nutritious, stick-to-ribs soup. As with most bean soups, a good broth is they key to flavor, so use your own homemade, or a good quality brand that is sold a carton, not canned! I like Pacific Foods mushroom broth for a good, meaty flavor. If you like spinach and appreciate an extra kick of iron, pick up a bag of prewashed baby spinach, or else buy regular spinach and clean and stem it while the soup cooks.
- 1⁄2 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup dry lentils, rinsed and picked
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 ounces fresh spinach (optional)
- salt and pepper
- In your pressure cooker, sweat the onions and garlic in the olive oil until the onions are translucent.
- Add the carrots and celery and saute for a minute or two.
- Add the ground cumin and stir well.
- Add the vegetable broth, lentils, and bay leaves, close the pressure cooker, and bring up to pressure.
- Cook for 20 minutes.
- Open the pressure cooker via the quick release method (see your cooker's owner's manual!) or let the pressure come down on its own.
- Remove the bay leaves.
- If desired, stir in the spinach, and stir until it wilts. (Additional heat is not necessary.).
- Season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
This was delicious! Before closing up the pot, I added some chopped fresh tomatoes, 2x the cumin, and salt. I added the spinach after I took off the lid and added some letover cooked basmati rice. Really yummy. Thank you for sharing this super easy, quick and delicious recipe.
I'm not a great lover of lentil soup, but I wanted to make it because it's so healthy. This recipe made me LOVE lentil soup. My entire family loves it. I think it's the cumin that gives it such a unique twist.
I just got a pressure cooker and while looking for my first recipe to try I found this one and realized I had everything to make it in the house.<br/>I made it exactly as written except I used low-sodium vegetable broth. The flavor was absolutely delicious and the lentils were perfectly cooked in the specified time. Now I'm feeling pretty confident to try more recipes!