Lentil Soup

This has become a favorite meal at my house. I make it every couple of weeks. I’ve made it in both the Instant Pot and on top of the stove. Both sets of instructions are included below. I choose the cooking method based on my mood and my time frame.

Lentils are both very inexpensive and easy to cook. They’re also very good for you.

I’ve made this for other people several times and I’m always asked for the recipe. It’s a winner!

This is a flavorful, filling soup that’s also plant-based. I’ve fed this to many meat-eaters and they’re happy with the meal, so it’s a great one if you’re working with several different diets in one group of people.

Enjoy it with some crusty bread or maybe some cornbread muffins!



Lentil Soup

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Hands on Time 20 minutes


  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3-4 carrots chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • cup lentils
  • 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • balsamic vinegar for serving


Instant Pot Version

  • Add the onions, garlic and oil to the Instant Pot. Use the sauté button to cook until the onions are nearly translucent.
  • Add carrots and celery and cook a few more minutes. 
  • Stir in vegetable stock, lentils, and diced tomatoes with their juice. Seal the lid and set the cook time for 15 minutes.
  • When the cook time is done, do a quick pressure release. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Stovetop Version

  • Sauté the onions and garlic in oil until nearly translucent.
  • Add carrots and celery and cook a few more minutes.
  • Add the stock, lentils, tomatoes salt and pepper and to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 30-40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Serve with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

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