Instant Pot Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Based on a recipe from my Aunt Gloria Patterson, this Instant Pot Vegan Red Lentil Soup is a healthy, quick and delicious soup.  Even for those who are not vegan, you will find this soup supremely satisfying.  I never miss the meat!

Check out the mini video tutorial for our Instant Pot Vegan Red Lentil Soup below:



Red Lentil Soup Ingredients

olive oil

diced onions

diced carrots

diced celery

minced garlic

dried, split red lentils

tomato paste

ground red pepper

ground cumin

sea salt

vegetable broth


 Heat oil in instant pot over sauté setting. 

olive oil

Add diced onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Sauté about 3 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir in red lentils, tomato paste, cumin, pepper and broth.

diced carrots celery and onions
Set instant pot to pressure cook for 10 minutes on manual setting. Allow to pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
quick release instant pot
Using an immersion blender, purée until desired consistency. If not enjoying this as a vegan recipe, you can add a tablespoon of plain yogurt to each serving. Serve with a side of chips or wedges of Heavenly Armenian Pita Bread.
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  • The Stuffed Grape Leaf on

    Hi Heather! Great question. Split red lentils are a little bit harder to find than regular ones, but I have seen them in the bulk bins of some grocery stores, and at Trader Joe’s. I try to stock up on them when I see them. You can also add a few minutes of pressure cooking time and use whole red lentils or for a different taste, a more common variety of lentils.

    But these are my favorite.

  • Heather RIce on

    This looks delicious! I would love to try it. I’ve never even seen dried split red lentils! Can you find them in any grocery store? I’m excited to try this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  • Jackie Jenkins on

    Yum, looks delicious and healthy!! Definitely want to make it!

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