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A bowl of delicious red lentil soup made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker

Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup

  • Author: Recipe Teacher
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


An absolutely delicious, thick and creamy red lentil soup with a hearty flavor and a perfect zest from the ginger.


  • 1 cup split red lentils
  • 4 cups lower sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (14.5oz)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, fresh grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt to taste (about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon)


  1. Set Instant Pot to “saute” and add butter. When hot add carrot, celery, onion, pepper and saute until softened – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, ginger, turmeric, cumin, pepper, salt, can of diced tomatoes and split red lentils and stir it all together. Secure lid, set vent to the “sealing” position and pressure cook (manual on some Instant Pots) for 10 minutes.
  3. Quick release the pressure. Remove lid and use an immersion for about 20 seconds. Leave some of the soup chunky for the best consistency.


*This recipe has been updated September 2020 to include turmeric, cumin and ginger.