Instant Pot Lentil Kale Soup

Instant Pot Lentil Kale Soup is a hearty, satisfying and comforting meal. With Autumn setting in, and Summer on its way out the door, It is one of the best kinds of meal for the fall/winter season. This soup packed with vegetables has a hint of heat from some cumin, cayenne and red pepper flakes – giving it a lovely, warm, spicy flavor. The instant pot is the quickest way to create delicious soups at home. 

Lentils are a staple at my home; makes for a great dinner any night of the week and an Instant Pot pressure cooker makes it easier than ever. Brown lentils hold their shape and retain a very slight bite. If you prefer a softer texture, cook for 15 minutes.

Lentil Kale Soup

Course: MainCuisine: Mediterranean


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Cooking time




  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cups dry brown lentils, washed and drained

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 celery ribs, chopped

  • 1.5 cups kale destemmed, roughly chopped

  • ½ tsp red crushed pepper

  • ½ tsp ground cumin

  • ½ tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • salt & pepper to taste

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water

  • parsley or cilantro for garnish


  • Turn on the Instant Pot in sauté’ mode. Add the olive oil and let it heat for a minute. Then add the garlic, bay leaves, thyme, carrots, onions and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until the vegetables are soft, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add all the dry spices and sauté for another minute.
  • Finally add the lentils, vegetable stock, salt and mix all the ingredients gently. Close the lid and cancel the sauté mode and set pressure cook/manual for 10 minutes, high pressure, on sealing mode.
  • Once the Instant Pot has finished the pressure cooking cycle, hit ‘Cancel’ and perform a quick release of pressure and open the lid of the Instant Pot.
  • Add in the chopped kale and lemon juice and stir to combine. Taste for the seasoning and adjust accordingly. Sprinkle with chopped parsley or cilantro before serving.

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