Instant Pot Vegan Red Lentil Soup

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This Instant Pot Vegan Red Lentil Soup is so easy to prepare. It is hearty, comforting and so easy to prepare! Made with red lentils, carrots, onion, garlic, celery, herbs, and gluten-free pasta.

Instant Pot Vegan Red Lentil Soup

This Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup is vegan and gluten-free. The soup is made with red lentils which are a variety of lentils with a salmon color.

I love making soups for dinner when the weather is cold, I get to use up lots of vegetables and they are so warming and filling! Making soups in the electric pressure cooker makes like so much easier.

They are so easy to prepare and cook in minutes, other varieties are brown, green, yellow and black lentils. 

The pasta was added for a heartier soup, you can leave it out if you prefer.

Instant pot red lentil soup with pasta and carrots overlay, in a white bowl with a spoon

What Kind Of Pasta Do You Use In Red Lentil Soup?

We used dried gluten-free elbow pasta that is cooked directly in the soup. Make sure to get a sturdy pasta that cooks for at least 5 minutes on the stovetop.

If you are in doubt that the texture of your pasta will hold up?

You can cook the pasta separately according to the package directions and add it to the finished soup. This will prevent you from having overly soft or mushy cooked pasta.

Are Lentils Good For You?

Lentils are packed with nutrients, they are healthy and filled with dietary fibers which are both soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fibers are great for a bowel movement, they prevent constipation.

Lentils contain a great source of magnesium, iron, zinc, and folate. They are a good source of protein and complex carbohydrates.

What Do I Need to Make My Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup?

  • Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Red Lentils
  • Pasta
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper

How to make instant pot red lentil soup step by step

How To Make Instant Pot Vegan Red Lentil Soup?

  1. Press saute mode on a 6-quart instant pot. Add oil for one minute until hot. Saute onion until soft, about two minutes, then add garlic, celery, carrot, Italian seasoning and cook for one minute.
  2. Add the red lentils, pasta, water, vegetable broth, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Press Cancel/Off then close the lid. Turn the valve to Sealing. Press Manual/Pressure Cook and set for 6 minutes.
  4. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure safely. Open the lid and stir, season with salt if needed, garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

Can I Make This Soup On The Stove Top?

Absolutely, saute the onion, garlic, celery, carrot with oil in a pot over medium-high heat. 

Add the lentils, water, vegetable broth, salt, and cayenne pepper. 

Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Add the pasta and cook until tender. 

Pro Tips For Making Red Lentil Soup

  1. You can substitute the Italian seasoning for your favorite herb blend, herbs like oregano, thyme, basil, and parsley are great.
  2. Substitute the vegetable broth for 2 vegan bouillon plus 6 cups water. 

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Nutrition

Energy:
212 kcal / 886 kJ
Fat:
4 g
Protein:
13 g
Carbs:
31 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
6 min
Ready in:
31 min
For:
6 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Press saute mode on a 6-quart Instant Pot. Add oil for one minute until hot. Saute onion until soft, about two minutes, then add garlic, celery, carrot, Italian seasoning and cook for one minute.
  2. Add the red lentils, uncooked pasta, water, vegetable broth, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Press Cancel/Off then close the lid. Press Manual/Pressure Cook and set for 6 minutes.
  4. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure safely. Open the lid and stir, season with salt if needed, garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

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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6 Comments
  1. Irene
    February 8, 2020

    I made this and it was very delicious! Could I substitute with another variety of lentils?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      February 8, 2020

      Irene, I’m happy you enjoyed it. No, i wouldn’t recommend you substitute with another lentil using the recipe because red lentils cook faster than brown, green or black lentils. The cooking time and amount of liquid would need adjustment, the pasta would end up being overcooked. However, I do have an Instant Pot Lentil Soup https://healthiersteps.com/recipe/instant-pot-vegan-lentil-soup/ recipe using the other varieties of lentils.

  2. Charlene K.
    January 17, 2020

    This soup is so delicious!! I love your recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Penny Graepel
    January 13, 2020

    This is the first ‘Healthier Steps’ recipe I’ve tried – excellent!