Healthy Golden Lentil Soup Recipe With Spinach for the Instant Pot™ Soups Vegan Dinner Lunch Gluten-free Vegetables Vegetarian

Melissa Vickers
4 months ago

Love you some lentils? Lentils are great for soups! Lentils taste great and they add some comfort-food thickness that can’t be beat. This easy golden lentil and spinach soup recipe cooks in the Instant Pot™. You get an easy lunch or dinner that tastes like it took all day to simmer.

This easy lentil soup recipe is on the table in about 45 minutes. Here is your short shopping list for this healthy soup: olive oil, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, ground cumin, turmeric, dried thyme, brown lentils, vegetable broth and fresh baby spinach.

Serve this gluten-free soup for lunch and dinner and enjoy the health benefits of lentils plus the other vegetables in this recipe. You can't go wrong!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for pressure building
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium stalk celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed well in cold water
  • 1 box (32 ounces) vegetable broth (4 cups)
  • 8 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 6 cups)

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Recipe Notes

  • This easy lentil soup recipe keeps in refrigerator about three days.
  • The soup freezes well for busy weeknights.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Hit SAUTE on Instant Pot™. Add oil. When hot, add the onions, carrots and celery. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, turmeric and thyme. Stir constantly for 1 minute. Add lentils and broth. Stir.
  2. Place lid on pot and set release valve for “sealing.” Press MANUAL button and set timer for 12 minutes. The timer will start after the pressure builds. After the 12 minutes is up, do a quick release. Once complete, remove lid and stir in spinach. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 541

Total Fat: 47.5g

Saturated Fat: 6.8g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 461mg

Total Carbohydrate: 26.5g

Dietary Fiber: 5g

Total Sugars: 3.6g

Protein: 8.1g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 95mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 472mg

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Comments (3)

Love a healthy soup recipe like this, just in time for fall weather. 🍁
Elisa Schmitz
My dad is a huge lentil soup fan. I'm going to make this recipe for him, thank you!
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