A delicious and creamy Instant Pot red lentil soup that is easy to make and loaded with wonderful flavors. With simple seasonings and just a touch of fresh ginger, this hearty and vibrant soup is perfect for any time of the year. This is one of my favorite Instant Pot soup recipes and i’m excited to share it with everyone.
What Are Red Lentils?
Red Lentils don’t get enough credit in the legume world. They have a wonderful, delicate, slightly sweet flavor and provide a wonderful texture when cooked into a soup. They readily take on the flavors that are added to it, while providing a heartiness all their own. Red lentil soup shares some of the texture and consistency of split pea soup, while being a bit on the lighter side.
A Simple Mirepoix Base, Seasonings and Ginger
This recipe starts with onion, celery and carrots, when diced and sauteed in a little butter. This is called a mirepoix. It’s the base for many popular soups. The aroma will have everyone asking “what smells so delicious?” After the vegetables are sauteed, we add a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. I’m a huge fan of fire roasted tomatoes and they further accentuate the heartiness of this soup with rich, deep flavors. Then we add a half teaspoon each of cumin and turmeric. Both seasoning will further deepen the flavor profile and the ginger will add just a bit of vibrance.
Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth?
Both chicken broth and vegetable broth provide the liquid base for the soup in similar ways, but I find that a good chicken broth fills out the flavor profile the best.
Blend to Desired Consistency
Once our soup is done cooking in the Instant Pot, it’s time to blend it. An immersion blender is a great tool for soup recipes. Just place it directly into the pot and blend for about 20 seconds to leave the soup with a little bit of a thick and chunky texture.Print