Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

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Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

This flavorful Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup is a crowd-pleaser, it cooks in 15 minutes with hearty lentils, carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, and thyme.

Vegan Instant Pot Lentil Soup

After successfully making my Instant Pot Jamaican Rice And Peas, I decided it was time to make this Instant Pot Lentil Soup recipe and it was an amazing win, perfect taste, and texture the first try.

I served it a big bowl of my Kale Salad. I’m in love with my Instant Pot so much that I plan to purchase another one in the near future!

One is just not enough and I love that after it cooks the dish, it keeps it warm for hours, I even reheat my dishes right in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe

I decided to make a Jamaican-style Lentil Soup, so I used thyme, ginger, allspice, and a little coconut milk.

I added just enough coconut milk so as not to have a strong coconut taste, you can add more if you love the flavor.

The flavor was hearty and out of this world. I added some dumplings after I took the photos but didn’t include them in the recipe. In Jamaica, we love dumplings in our soup so I added some for my hubby.

You can check out my Gluten-Free recipe or my new favorite recipe that tastes and have the exact texture of regular white flour Jamaican dumplings is to use Pillsbury gluten-free flour.

 Just add a little salt and water to form a dough, roll into dumplings and cook in the soup, might have to add extra water.

I used water plus 1 vegetable bouillon but you could use all vegetable broth instead and just adjust salt to taste after the soup is done.

If you want you can saute onion, garlic, green onion, ginger

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

How To Make Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

In only 15 minutes in the Instant Pot and my soup was ready to serve, this is amazing!

I added onion, celery, garlic, ginger, and thyme.

Next, I added the carrots, potatoes, and lentils,

Then finally add water, vegetable bouillon, allspice, salt, cayenne.

Set the Instant Pot in the manual setting for 15 minutes.

I used the quick release method and voila, dinner was ready to be served.

Health Benefits Of Lentils

Lentils are healthy and rich in nutrients and should be included as part of the diet: Want to gain muscles while on a vegan diet? Then you should eat more lentils.

They’re high in fiber, protein, and folate. The fact is they can help you live longer, and they’re pretty much the perfect food. The little legumes have 250g of spermidine.

1 cup of cooked lentils contains:

  1. 226 calories
  2. 39 grams carbohydrates
  3. 18 grams of protein
  4. 16 grams of fiber
  5. 3.6 grams of sugar
  6. 0.8-grams fat

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

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Nutrition

(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 257 kcal / 1074 kJ
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Carbs: 43 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
For: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Plug Instant Pot in power, press Saute mode, and heat oil or liquid if oil-free. Saute onion, garlic, green onion, celery, ginger and cook for about 3 minutes stirring constantly.
  2. Add thyme, allspice, carrots, potatoes, cayenne pepper, salt, lentil, water, vegetable bouillon and coconut milk. Stir.
  3. Cover Instant Pot and set at manual setting for 15 minutes making sure the valve is on 'Sealing'
  4. Use quick release to let the steam out (be careful steam burns) and serve.
  5. Note: if using stove top, follow instructions above and cook for 25-30 minutes on medium-high heat in a large pot.

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Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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36 Comments
  1. Monica H.
    September 11, 2020

    After trying Michelle’s lentil meatballs and falling in love I was on the hunt for more of her lentil recipes. Since this was already adapted for an Instantpot it was an easy pick for a last minute dinner. I didn’t have any ginger on hand but it still turned out so tasty. It kind of reminds me of a gumbo flavor, so we put it over rice and loved it!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      September 11, 2020

      Monica, I’m so excited that you enjoyed this lentil soup. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback.

  2. Michelle
    January 17, 2020

    I love love love this soup recipe. My children who dont enjoy soups or veggies request this every time I ask them what to make for dinner. Thank you so much for adding the Jamaican flavors which I find really hard to find in instant pot recipes. Perfection!!!!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 17, 2020

      Michelle that’s awesome to read, I’m so happy you and your children enjoy this soup. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us.

  3. Carolyn
    August 18, 2019

    Hi Michelle, I made this tonight, it was fabulous! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I followed the recipe to the “T”, and added a couple of pieces of corn on the cob, and it was a great addition…so good! I made enough for lunch tomorrow, can’t wait!!

    -Carolyn

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 18, 2019

      Carolyn, that’s wonderful to read. I’m so happy it turned out great for you and you and your husband enjoyed it. Love how you added corn on the cob. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  4. Grace
    June 29, 2019

    Tried this today and it was a hit in a house of picky eaters. It was flavorful and simply divine! Perfect healthy, comfort food for a rainy Saturday afternoon. I added spinners of course ‘cause that’s what Jamaicans do😉). I am GF and have been struggling to find creative, easy, flavorful and healthy recipes. I am feeling inspired. Michelle, Thank you so much!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 29, 2019

      That’s wonderful to hear Grace that you enjoyed my lentil soup recipe, I love the idea of adding spinners. I’m happy that you find my recipes inspiring and you took the time to share with us your feedback.

  5. David Bacon
    January 17, 2019

    Question. I’m making this stew twice this week. First time I didn’t have fresh ginger so it didn’t matter but now I have fresh ginger and the recipe states to add the ginger twice. Do I add it to sauté or when I add the remaining ingredients?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 17, 2019

      David, it is definitely a typo, only once. Thank you very much on letting me know. I hope you enjoy!

  6. Charnele Mardner
    December 12, 2018

    Amazing!!! I used scotch bonnet pepper instead of Cayenne, and butternut squash instead of sweet potato. I added dumplings too. I also didn’t use an instant pot, but I still loved. I guess it’s safe to say that I will be enjoying your soup recipes all winter long.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 13, 2018

      Thank you for your feedback Charnele, loving your adjustments and I’m so happy it turned out great, I plan to share more soup recipes.

  7. Anne
    May 3, 2018

    My family voted this the best soup I ever made. Thank you so much!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 3, 2018

      That’s wonderful, thank you very much Anne for your feedback. so happy your family enjoyed it.

  8. Annemarie Phelan
    May 3, 2018

    Michelle this is so so good! Mine turned out mushy – but I wasn’t home and so it naturally released the pressure went on “keep warm” for a while before I tried it. So for people who won’t be watching it I’d recommend reducing the cooking time. The flavor is outstanding and we will make this over and over again!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 3, 2018

      Thank you very much for your informative feedback. I’m so happy you enjoyed it and will make it again. That sounds right that you should reduce time since the keep warm cycle will continue to cook the soup.

  9. Joyce
    January 9, 2018

    I don’t have a “manual” button on my Instant Pot model. How much time should I cook it under Pressure Cook?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 9, 2018

      Hi Joyce the Pressure Cook button replaced the Manual button on newer models. Use the same time and level.

  10. Hungry girl
    January 6, 2018

    Are the lentils tinned?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 6, 2018

      No Hungry girl, I used dried brown lentils

  11. marthamadera53@yahoo.com
    January 6, 2018

    Do you have to use coconut milk?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 6, 2018

      No you don’t, I love the flavor and what it does to the soup but not necessary at all

      • Jennifer
        January 7, 2018

        Do you use the canned coconut milk?

        • Michelle Blackwood
          January 7, 2018

          I do Jennifer, I live in North Central Florida so I don’t have a choice, wish I could use fresh can you imagine how better that would be.

      • Alice
        August 5, 2018

        What would you use as a substitute for the coconut milk? Also, can you sub any other kind of oil if the recipe calls for coconut oil?

        Thanks for all of your great recipes!

        • Michelle Blackwood
          August 5, 2018

          Alice you can leave the coconut milk out and just replace it with vegetable broth and you can either leave out the coconut or substitute it for olive. Thank you for your kind compliments, hope you enjoy!

  12. Lana
    January 6, 2018

    This is excellent! Simple, healthy and full of flavor. Even my super picky son cleaned his bowl…twice :) So thankful to have stumbled onto your wonderful site.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 6, 2018

      Thank you Lana for taking the time to give me a feedback, I’m so happy that you and your son loved it!

  13. Lois
    January 1, 2018

    I made this today and the flavor is great but I’ve misinterpreted something. What is the “manual” setting? I used 15 minutes on the pressure cooking setting….which left the lentils and veggies over cooked. I think I have the setting wrong….

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 1, 2018

      Lois, right below the word pressure you should see the word Manual, press the manual then plus or minus to 15, that’s it.Here is what it looks like http://bit.ly/2CB5TwF

  14. Tracy
    December 31, 2017

    Just made this now and it’s absolutely delicious! It was my first ever Instant Pot recipe and it was a success ?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 31, 2017

      Congrats on your success Tracy, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, thank you so much for your feedback.

  15. Shelley
    December 30, 2017

    I wish there was a print button for your recipes!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 30, 2017

      Shelly will be coming in the New Year, can’t wait!

  16. Leah
    December 27, 2017

    This looks wonderful but I’d like some clarification. The text says 15 mins under pressure but the instructions say 22 mins. Which is correct?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 27, 2017

      Oh my thank you, the rice is 22 minutes and my Instant Pot is mostly on 22, 15 minutes is the correct settings.