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Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 5



  1. 1. PREPARE THE VEGETABLES: Dice carrots, onion, celery, potato. Shortcut: Cut vegetables into large chunks, put in food processor and pulse until roughly chopped
  2. 2. SAUTE VEGETABLES, GARLIC: In a medium-large or large pot, heat oil to medium high. Add vegetables and saute until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and saute another minute or two.
  3. 3. ADD SEASONINGS AND OTHER INGREDIENTS: Add tomato paste, cumin or curry powder, salt and pepper (and optional seasonings if using). Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in broth, water and lentils.
  4. 4. COOK: Set instapot on manual for 30 minutes
  5. • FINISH THE SOUP AND SERVE: Add lemon juice, zest and parsley (or cilantro). Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with a drizzle of good olive oil on top and additional lemon wedges if desired.


Other variations

  • Add 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Add 1 Tbs ginger
  • Alter the seasonings to your taste
  • Add more broth to make it a thinner soup
  • Puree all or part of the soup with an immersion blender for a creamy soup