1 Pot Vegan Lentil Soup made in Instant Pot or Saucepan. This Easy Lentil Vegetable Soup is warming, comforting and so filling. 30 Minute Freezer friendly, Everyday Ingredients! Gluten-free, Soyfree, Nutfree Recipe
Start the Instant pot pressure cooker on saute. Add broth and let it heat up. Add onion, garlic, ginger, chili and pinch of salt. Cook until translucent 2-3 mins). Deglaze with a tbsp broth if needed in between.
Add the spices and mix in. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 mins. Mash the larger pieces.
Add the lentils, carrots, water/broth and salt and mix really well to pick up any stuck bits.
Close the lid and Pressure Cook for 12 to 15 mins (depending on preference and lentils used).
Let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid, and mix in the greens. Add some cayenne and lime juice. Taste and adjust salt and flavor. Mash some of the lentils with a spatula or blend a 1/2 cup of the soup and mix in for thicker soup. You can also add a 1/2 cup non dairy cream or coconut milk for creamy soup.
Stovetop: Follow Step 1,2,3 in a saucepan over medium heat. You will need to cook a few mins longer at each step. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and continue to cook for 15 minutes or until the lentils are cooked to preference. Fold in the greens and cook for another 2 mins. Add lemon juice, adjust salt and pepper.
Store the cooled leftover soup in a covered container in the refrigerator for upto 4 days and freeze for upto a month.
Variation: Add other veggies like celery, potatoes, cauliflower, sweet potato, butternut. Add 1/4 cup red lentils with the brown lentils for a creamier soup.Use spice blends of choice like curry powder, berbere, baharat(from Everyday kitchen book)Omit the spices(turmeric, cumin, curry powder), and just add herbs such as thyme, oregano and rosemary. Nutrition is for 1 serve