Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup

Total Time
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In your pressure cooker, sweat the onions and garlic in the olive oil until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the carrots and celery and saute for a minute or two.
  3. Add the ground cumin and stir well.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, lentils, and bay leaves, close the pressure cooker, and bring up to pressure.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. Remove the bay leaves.
  8. If desired, stir in the spinach, and stir until it wilts. (Additional heat is not necessary.).
  9. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.


Most Helpful

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.

GardenKat October 29, 2012

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.

a.remedios June 07, 2009

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!

sandrak61 November 07, 2014

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