Instant Pot Broccoli Lentil Soup
A combination of lentil, broccoli, fresh veggies, and spices make up this hearty and healthy Instant Pot Broccoli Lentil Soup. Pair this flavor-packed soup with some homemade bread for a wholesome meal tonight.
If not, PLEASE go get one. “I’m serious, no kidding.”
Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom or a working mom or a chef, you definitely need an Instant Pot in your life. Instant pot has made our life so much easier. Many recipes that used to take a tremendous amount of time can now be left to cook in an Instant Pot at home. It reduces the cooking time significantly and provides hassle-free cooking.
Best part – no need to watch the pot and once the cooking cycle is done (or the timer goes off), Instant Pot will automatically go into the “Keep-Warm” mode. Come back later to check on your delicious meal.
It’s that simple. It’s one of my favorite appliances in the kitchen.
Besides rice and pasta, Instant Pot has made many soups a very feasible choice for dinner, and today, I have just the one for you! A comforting, filling one-pot Instant Pot Broccoli Lentil Soup.
This scrumptious soup is one of the healthiest soups I make for my family. It is made up of simple ingredients and pantry staples. On top of that, this recipe is perfect for all diets, it is:
- vegan, and
It’s the perfect pick for the entire family. As a bonus, if cooked in an Instant Pot, this delicious soup comes together in less than 30 minutes and is one of my current favorites.
WHAT MAKES UP THIS SOUP?
Lentils – Many people consider lentils as dull, tasteless legumes. But trust me, there are so many reasons to love lentils. They –
- cooks up quickly
- rich source of protein, fiber, and iron
- easily digestible
- unlike beans, doesn’t require soaking
- is nutrient-rich and low in calories.
So many reasons to love these earthy flavored legumes. Incorporate them on a regular basis in your weekday meals for a clean-eating dinner.
Broccoli – This super vegetable is a very good source of iron and also contains lots of potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It clears your body of excess heat and can improve your vision too!
Carrots – is a rich source of Vitamin A and can improve your vision. It’s perfect for your eyes. Besides Vit.A, it also provides other vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It aids in digestion and helps to detoxify the body.
Celery – is mainly water but an excellent source of Vitamin K, A, fiber, and folate. This healthy vegetable also helps in lowering blood pressure. So start adding celery to your dishes!
Spices – My lentil soup is seasoned with few of my favorite spices like – crushed red pepper flakes, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, and salt. Spices add flavor and take your soup to a whole new level.
NOW ONTO THE RECIPE! Instant Pot Broccoli Lentil Soup
There are no special steps involved in this soup. It is like a ‘SET-IT’ and ‘FORGET-It’ kind of meal. Begin by sauteeing onion-ginger-garlic in the ‘SAUTE’ mode for a couple of minutes. Toss in your veggies and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Now add lentils, spices, water/broth and watch the Instant Pot create a beautiful meal for you.
Once the timer goes off, wait for 2 minutes and then release the pressure. When you take off the lid, your soup will be thick. Celery, broccoli, and carrots will quickly break down during pressure cooking. Hand-blend the soup with a spoon.
Adjust the consistency as necessary by adding more water, and be sure to adjust the seasonings too. Note that this soup will thicken as it cools. Squeeze a generous amount of lemon for bright, fresh flavor and serve hot.
DON’T HAVE AN INSTANT POT, COOK IT OVER THE COOKTOP!
To make this soup on a cooktop, use a heavy-bottomed pan. Follow the same steps until you have added water and spices. Cover and simmer until the veggies and lentils are soft – about 30 minutes. Add water as needed during the cooking process. Once the vegetables and lentils are cooked, hand-blend them until smooth.
This soup is loaded with essential nutrients and has a very delectable taste. The occasional bits of carrots and broccoli lends a great texture to this soup.
I eat my soup with a baguette on the side, but my kids love to eat by dunking their baguette until it soaks up the soup.
Do give this warm and comforting soup a try and if you happen to make it, then please comment below and leave your feedback. You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @ruchiskitchen (one word) or #ruchiskitchen. I would love to see your creation!
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