This Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup with Sausage Recipe is a delicious and hearty soup with tons of flavor. It’s a quick and easy dinner option when made in your electric pressure cooker.
Easy Lentil Soup with Sausage Recipe
- 1 Easy Lentil Soup with Sausage Recipe
- 1.1 What exactly are lentils?
- 1.2 How long should lentils cook in a pressure cooker?
- 1.3 How to prepare lentils for pressure cooking?
- 1.4 How to Make Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup with Sausage
- 1.5 Step by step photos of Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup with Sausage
- 1.6 Can this Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup be frozen?
- 2 Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup with Sausage
This Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup with Sausage was inspired by one of our favorite soups from one of my favorite Italian restaurants, Carrabba’s. Hubby had been bugging me for months to make a copycat version at home.
For months I blew him off until I finally gave in. I regret not giving in earlier because this soup is amazing and one of my favorites to make in my Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.
What exactly are lentils?
Lentils can be found in your dry bean aisle of the grocery store. They are known as “pulses” which are the edible seeds of legumes. I love to use them in cooking because they are cheap and nutritious. You can find more information about lentils here.
How long should lentils cook in a pressure cooker?
The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker option is a great way to cook dry beans without soaking and lentils comes as no exception. How long you cook lentils in the pressure cooker will depend on the type of lentils you’re cooking with and the dish you are making.
For this soup recipe, I only use brown or green lentils and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. If I’m making lentils to use in a dish other than soup, for example tacos, then I cut the cook time down to 12 minutes.
Red lentils are a bit different as they have much faster cooking time. 12 or 15 minutes in the pressure cooker will turn red lentils into mush so I do not sub them in this recipe.
How to prepare lentils for pressure cooking?
The great thing about lentils is that you do not have to soak them before adding them to the pressure cooker. However, you should rinse them and inspect them to make sure there isn’t any dirt or debris in your lentils. No one wants dirty gritty soup.
How to Make Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup with Sausage
This soup is made by first sautéing your italian sausage, then adding the vegetables and giving it a quick sauté with the meat. You will then add your lentils and chicken broth and layer the diced tomatoes on top without stirring.
Anytime I make a dish in my Pressure Cooker with tomatoes, like pressure cooker turkey chili, I layer the tomatoes on top to avoid the Instant Pot becoming scorched on the bottom. Thick sauces, like diced tomatoes, can cause the Instant Pot to scorch and possibly burn. It’s better just to lay them on the top and stir once the cooking process is complete.
Step by step photos of Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup with Sausage
Select sauté on Instant Pot and brown sausage.
Add onion, celery, carrot, zucchini, and garlic to instant pot. Stir for about 3 minutes until vegetables soften a little.
Add chicken broth, dried herbs, lentils. Layer diced tomatoes on top. Do not stir in diced tomatoes. Cover Instant Pot, making sure valve is set to “sealing” and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
Once timer goes off, allow Instant Pot to natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release remaining pressure by moving the valve over to “venting.” Once all the pressure is released, open the Instant Pot and add fresh parsley.
Give it a stir and serve. Salt and pepper to taste and top with sour cream for the wow factor.
Can this Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup be frozen?
Yes, yes, and yes! I like to freeze this soup in quart sized freezer bags and save it for those really busy days. When I’m ready to reheat, i just remove it from my freezer and add it to my Instant Pot still frozen. I set it on 10 minutes high pressure and walk away.
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