Wednesday, April 18, 2018

French Lentil Soup Instant Pot

How much do you love your Instant Pot? 
French Lentil Soup can be made in 16 minutes cooking time in my Instant Pot, and it is so good I ate it for breakfast this morning !  

This naturally creamy soup has a rich flavor and lots of healthy ingredients. It's naturally gluten free, high fiber, plant based ( vegan) soup.

Why I try to eat plant based
You know I am always dieting. Despite relatively healthy menus , I still tend to be about 10-15 pounds overweight. The other day I met a beautiful woman named Monica who mentioned that she used to weigh 300 pounds.

She said that she had tried many diets, bypass surgery, and exercise but nothing seemed to work permanently for her until she decided to go on a plant based diet. 

Of course I was intrigued and had to know how she did it.  She said that she ate no meat, chicken, eggs or dairy. She did eat fish very very occasionally. And she assured me that she ate carbs- like potatoes, bread, rice etc. 

She also wrote out a list of books for me that were the ones that inspired and in some cases frightened her to change to a plant based diet.

Two of the books Monica suggested: 

The Cheese Trap The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthyby Neil Bernard, MD

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD

I have also read many books that suggest a plant based diet. Personally, I am a vegetarian but eat many plant based recipes. Today I am sharing a vegan and gluten free delicious French Lentil Soup Recipe. 

I used a handful of Haricot style green beans that I bought at Costco 

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog ( www.realfoodblogger)
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Serves : 8-10 bowls

1 and 1/2 cups of green french lentils , washed and cleaned
1/2 large tomato diced
1/2 red onion diced
4 cloves garlic diced
8 haricot green beans, sliced 
8 cups of good tasting vegetable broth ( I used Whole Foods 365 organic vegetable broth)
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Saute veggies in the instant pot for 4 minutes , turn off the saute feature and then turn to cook 16 minutes - allow to slow release for 5 minutes and then release manually according to directions on your Instant Pot

Another Lentil Instant Pot Soup
If you prefer a lentil vegetable soup in the Instant Pot , try my other easy recipe with lots of chopped veggies.

No Instant Pot? 
Try my easy lentil leek and potato soup that cooks on the stove top!!

My Notes: 
1. 16 minutes cooking time does not take into consideration the heat up time and the release time.
2. I find soup nourishing, delicious, and comforting. Soup is a big part of our diet. 

Linking to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post. 

This post is also linked to Souper Sunday where anyone can share a soup, salad, or sammie recipe. Check out this week's recipes.



  1. I adore healthy and delicious real food like thing I can't do Paleo is that I LOVE legumes so much and beans and lentils are not allowed in this diet. Beautiful soup cup too, Judee.

  2. As a vegetarian, Paleo doesn't work for me. However, I am also trying to eat vegan and I find that it is too restrictive for me especially because we travel and of course I am gluten free as well..

  3. French green lentils are a wonderful food for any diet!

    best... mae at

  4. I love lentil soup! Great recipe here, I cook mostly plant based foods but indulge when I want with a chicken sandwich. Plant based helped us lose lots of weight.

  5. I try to eat healthy food (with the occasional lapse) and I feel very happy with my maintenance of my weight for many years. This recipe looks delicious.

  6. First, I LOVE your mug!!! I adore lentil soup too and will give this version a try. We are 50% vegetarian (one night fish/chicken/meat; next night vegetarian; no meat during the day--usually). BTW: you should make that basil vinaigrette I posted today ... it'd be awesome on potatoes, pasta, sandwiches, grain bowls, salads. I think it's going to be a regular around here.

  7. I'm curious about instant pots - are they pressure cookers in essence? Cheers form Carole's Chatter

  8. I like that we both were into the lentils this week. ;-) Your soup looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.


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