Baby it’s cold outside! I hope my friends who are experiencing arctic cold temps are safe and staying warm. I have been playing around with our Electric pressure cooker which I guess is an Instant pot too. I was able to make this Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon in less than 30 minutes and only using one pan.
Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes & Bacon
I know if you used a dutch oven you would only use one pan as well but it would take twice as long for the lentils to cook and you need to be near by to stir the soup. This soup recipe made a large portion that I ate off of for the week. Full of veggies and protein it hits the spot on a cold winters’ day. I also use low sodium broth.
Saute your bacon right inside the instant pot. Something you can’t do in a crock pot. You can use the saute’ button or for our pressure cooker the meat feature.
Take out the bacon and with some of the reserved bacon grease, saute’ your veggies. I always use more veggies than what a recipe advises as I love robust soups.
Add the lentils and the sweet potato and set your Instant pot to do it’s magic. Lentils cook quickly and don’t have to be soaked overnight which makes this dish a super quick, and even a last weeknight minute meal idea.
Ta da, the soup is done and just top with your crunchy bacon for a great flavor profile.
SOUP TO RUNNY?
If the soup is too thick simply add more broth
Soup to Watery?
Keep the instapot on the saute’ feature with the top off and cook off some of the liquid.
I plan on exploring more and more with our Electric Pressure Cooker and varying the ways we can treat it like an Instant pot. I don’t like that the interior is non-stick so if I get addicted to it, I may have to buy a true Instant Pot.
Grab a warm bowl of this Instant Pot Lentil Soup and enjoy all the different flavors that fill your belly with warm goodness.
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Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Sweet Potato and Bacon
- 8 thick-cut bacon slices, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
- 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
- (1 1⁄2 cups) 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
- (1⁄2 cup) 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- (1 1⁄2 Tbsp.) 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 3⁄4-inch cubes
- 1 1/2 cups dried brown lentils
- 7 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Step 1 Set Instant Pot on Meat or Sauce and Cook bacon pieces until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and set aside. Remove and discard all but 2 Tbsp. drippings from Dutch oven.
Add onion, celery, and garlic to Instant Pot. Continue to Cook stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add cumin, and cook, stirring constantly, until toasted, about 1 minute. Stir in sweet potato, lentils, broth, tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
Cover and seal the Instant Pot, and then set to cook on HIGH pressure for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes of high pressure, allow the cooker to release pressure naturally. This will take about 10 to 15 additional minutes.
Open the lid and stir the soup. If the soup is too thick for your liking, thin with a bit of water or additional stock until you reach your desired consistency
Spoon soup evenly into 6 bowls. Top with reserved bacon pieces, and sprinkle with parsley.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 185Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 22mgSodium 2226mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 13g
Be sure to pin this Instant Pot Recipe for a cold day you are looking for a nutritious and flavorful soup recipe.