Smoky Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Friday, September 24, 2021
15 Minutes - 6 Servings - 330 Calories


6 slices bacon, thick-cut and roughly-chopped
1 Onion, chopped
1 Cup Carrots, chopped
1 Cup celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 Teaspoon tomato paste
4 Cup reduced-sodium beef broth
2 Cup water
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups lentils (about 13 oz), sorted and rinsed


  • Prep: 25 Minutes
  • Cook: 15 Minutes
  • Press the "Saute" button on the Instant Pot. Once heated, add chopped bacon and saute until the bacon is fully cooked, moving the bacon around the pan occasionally.
  • Once cooked, remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to let it drain. Discard all but 1 tbsp or so of the bacon fat, then add chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Cook for 3-4 minutes, and then add the minced garlic.
  • Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then add the Add the salt, smoked paprika, pepper, coriander, and chili powder.. Add the tomato paste and stir it into the vegetables and let it saute for 1-2 minutes. 
  • With the Instant Pot still on "Saute", pour in about 1/3 cup of the beef broth and scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add in the remaining beef broth, water, diced tomatoes, lentils, and about half of the cooked bacon and give everything a stir.
  • Press the "Keep Warm/Cancel" button to shut the Saute function off. Close and lock the lid on the Instant Pot, ensuring the pressure release valve is set to "sealing".
  • Press the "Manual" button (which I believe became "Pressure Cook" on newer IP models) and adjust the time using the "+" or "-" buttons to 15 minutes. The Instant Pot will take 10-15 minutes to pressurize, during which time you may hear hissing. "15" minutes will appear on the display when it's pressurized and cooking begins.
  • Once the cook time is through, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, and then carefully switch the valve to "venting", taking care not to burn yourself on the steam as the rest of the pressure releases. You can also let it naturally release entirely if you prefer. Garnish with reserved bacon for serving.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.3g | Protein: 23.8g | Fat: 5.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 1094mg | Potassium: 800mg | Fiber: 21.5g | Sugar: 5.4g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5.6mg


Total recipe time does not include the time necessary for the Instant Pot to come to pressure (it can vary), or natural pressure release time.


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