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This Italian Lentil Soup is your everyday Lentil Soup. A hearty nutritious bowl of plant based powerhouse made with lots of veggies, lentils, herbs and seasonings. Super easy to make & ready in 15 minutes. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free. Meal-Prep and Freezer Meal Option. Instant Pot and Stove top recipe included. Video Recipe.

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Italian Lentil Soup Recipe

Italian Lentil Soup

This Italian Lentil Soup is the easiest soup to make on the planet. It definitely qualifies for a highly nutritious soup as it's loaded with veggies, lentils, herbs and seasonings. Lots of flavors that will make you want more servings. Comfort food at it's best.

Vegetarian/Vegan or not, this soup is a great source of protein and dietary fiber. It's light yet filling and perfect for any palate.  

Spoonful of Lentil Soup

It can be the perfect main or side dish that requires 10 easily available ingredients, 15 minutes and an Instant Pot.I have also shared the stove top recipe in the recipe card below. It is by far one of the easiest lentil soups I've ever had and also the most flavorful.

All you need to do is toss in all the ingredients in the Instant Pot, set it for 15 minutes and go finish some chores. When the timer beeps, come back to enjoy a delicious comforting bowl of soup.

What goes into this Italian Lentil Soup, Lentil Soup Ingredients

Nothing fancy, honestly. Inspired by the classic Minestrone Soup, all I do is toss in everyday ingredients readily available at home and replace the pasta with lentils. You can use whatever veggies you have. I typically use, onions, tomatoes, squash or zucchini & celery. You could even throw in some greens like spinach or kale if you'd like.

Vegan Lentil soup

The Italian herbs and seasonings go very well in this soup. If you'd like to experiment different flavors and variations of this soup, you can tweak the flavors with some curry powder, or some abodo seasoning, or even some zataar spice mix. I also like to add a little garlic as it just takes the soup to the next level.

For the soup base you can either add water or vegetable broth. If you don't mind the extra nutrition go for the vegetable broth. Adding the broth will make the soup towards a brownish color. If you like a bright red color soup, then just stick to the tomatoes and water instead of the broth. 

Lentil Soup Ingredients

Which Lentil to use for lentil soup

You can add any dried lentils to this soup like red, green or brown. I've used dried green lentils for this recipe. You can see the picture below. The only lentils that you don't want to use for this soup are the Black Beluga lentils or the French Puy lentils. These black variety of lentils will not soften like other lentils. 

What's awesome is that you don't even need to soak the dried lentils. Just a couple or rinses and the lentils can be used directly. Dried lentils also give a great texture to the soup from the starch released when cooked. 

Green Lentils

How to make the best Italian Lentil Soup : Recipe

This is the easy part. Just throw in all the ingredients into the Instant Pot and set the timer on High Pressure for 15 minutes.  No sauteing of the onions or soaking of lentils required. 

How to make Lentil Soup

What makes this Instant Pot Italian Lentil Soup so good

Trust me when I say this, you are going to want seconds and thirds of the lentil soup. Try it yourself. The secret ingredient to make this lentil soup yum, is  adding a dash of freshness, freshly squeezed lemon juice just before serving. Sure to tantalize your tastebuds and retains the nice vibrant color of the soup. 

Lentil Soup bowls

Here is why you should try this Instant Pot Italian Lentil Soup

  • Love at first sip, because its seriously delicious
  • Full of flavors
  • Plant based
  • Heart healthy
  • Lots of fiber and protein
  • Super easy to make, ready in 15 minutes.
  • Soon will become your family favorite
  • Vegan + Gluten Free + Oil Free
  • Versatile
  • Budget friendly
  • Meal Prep + Freezer Meal + Make ahead + Lunchbox

Lentil soup served with bread

Can you Meal Prep or make a Freezer Meal

Honestly prepping the ingredients for this soup isn't time consuming. However if you'd still like to meal prep this soup then I'd recommend storing all the chopped veggies, herbs and seasonings in a freezer safe container. When you want to make the soup just toss in the ingredients in the Instant Pot and add the broth or water. 

For a freezer meal, I would make a large batch of this soup and store it in single serve freezer safe mason jars or freezer containers, filling it ¾th. Freeze it with the lid off for the first 24 hours so the glass doesn't break and then cover with the lip after the first 24 hours.  Thaw it by removing it from the freezer the night before consumption. If it's thick for you, water it down with a couple tablespoons of water, heat it and enjoy it warm.

Longevity of this Instant Pot Italian Lentil Soup

This soup will keep in the freezer for 3 months. In the fridge, this soup will keep for 3-4 days depending on the freshness of the ingredients.

Instant Pot Italian Lentil Soup

So I hope you do consider trying this soup as Lentils are good for you. Make it for lunch / dinner or for your next potluck. When you try it and fall in love with this soup, don't forget to come back and leave us a comment, sharing your feedback. We love hearing from you. Or tag us on Instagram @dbellyrulesdmind.

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Lentil Soup Recipe

Italian Lentil Soup

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Italian Lentil Soup is your everyday Lentil Soup. A hearty nutritious bowl of plant based powerhouse made with lots of veggies, lentils, herbs and seasonings. Super easy to make & ready in 15 minutes. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free. Meal-Prep and Freezer Meal Option. Instant Pot and Stove top recipe included.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp Italian herb mix
  • salt to taste
  • Garnishing
  • 1 tbsp cilantro / parsley for garnish
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Toss all ingredients in the Instant Pot, except for the garnish
  • Pressure Cook the Soup on 'High' for 15 mins.
  • Quick Release Pressure when the timer goes off.
  • Garnish with lemon juice and your choice of herb.
  • Serve it warm.

Stove Top Instructions

  • Toss all ingredients in a large pot, except for the garnish
  • Bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Garnish with lemon juice and your choice of herb.
  • Serve it warm
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 110Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 425mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 7gSugar 7gProtein 7g

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Sarita

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

How shall I cook this if I don’t have a pressure cooker? I know I’ll have to cook longer but do I add more liquid and should I simmer away with lid on or off

Carol Havig

Monday 1st of February 2021

I had a couple pics wanted to share, but couldn't find the right way as there was no indication for "adding photos."

Carol Havig

Monday 1st of February 2021

I made the Italian Lentil Soup and it was superb. I did double the recipe so guessed on pressure time. Followed recipe except for using red lentils, doubled the recipe, increased the time from 15 min to 25 min. Added 1 # Italian Mild Sausage. It was fabulous. Although the 25 min was a bit too long for the lentils, the taste and enjoyability were over the top! Loved the flavor. Next time I do a double batch, will only increase from 15 to 20 min. pressure.

Soniya Saluja

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Hi Carol,

Thanks for the feedback. Glad you loved the flavors .

Sharon

Saturday 30th of January 2021

Sad to say, this did not work for us. I followed the recipe exactly and the lentils were still crunchy. So I closed it up and added another 5 minutes. Again...still crunchy. Closed again and cooked for another 15 mins. Veggies were mush and the lentils were still firm. The soup was very flavorful, but it looked nothing like your photos.

Soniya Saluja

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Hi Sharon, Sorry to hear about your experience. I am surprised about the experience you had. What lentils did you use? Sometimes the batch of lentils is really old which has nothing got to do with you but it’s an just old. This is a tried and tested recipes by several of our readers so one can’t go wrong with it. If you look at some of the reviews below you will notice everyone enjoyed the soup. So the only thing i can attribute to is an old batch of lentils

Joe Griffith

Saturday 30th of January 2021

WOW... could you perhaps share your recipe with Panera so that the next time I am with friends or family that want to go there I will find some WFPB no oil soup that is fantastic??

Of course, Panera would think that it has to have oil, or some other ingredient which would make it non-compliant. But it is absolutely delicious just the way it is.

I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I used a small can of diced and omitted the tomato sauce. I didn't use the lemon juice, and I don't like cilantro, but I garnished it with fresh parsley as you suggested. Just a great combination!

Thanks for the recipe. The leftovers will not tarry long in our fridge, and this soup will become a regular part of our meal plans.

Soniya Saluja

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Hi Joe,

Your feedback made my day. Thanks. Glad you made this soup your own and liked it. It’s a family favorite here. Isn’t is a great recipe for the ingredients that go in and how easy and delicious it turns out? Appreciate your feedback.

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