Tuesday, October 9, 2018

My Lentil Soup Hack

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Sometimes I just don't have the energy, desire, or time to wash, trim, and chop the vegetables for a homemade soup. Yet, I still want a nourishing bowl of soup that is homemade. This is a quick and easy hack to substitute for chopping veggies. Of course I used my Instant Pot- I always do

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I found a trick that works for me when I'm tired and stressed. I keep jars of chunky salsa in my pantry just for this occasion. After all, salsa is made from tomatoes, sweet peppers, garlic, and onions- the very ingredients I like to add to some of my lentil soup recipes.

Once I opened a jar of salsa and just dumped it in my Instant Pot. Next I washed a bag of small green lentils, added vegetable broth and water and pressure cooked for 16 minutes in my Instant Pot.

Instant Pot vegan lentil soup - no prep

The results were amazing and I didn't have to chop any vegetables!! And It made a good size pot of rich tasting lentil soup- enough to fill 3 glass storage containers. Of course leftover  lentil soup will thicken, so you can always mix in additional vegetable broth before serving the next day.

We are it for 2 meals, and I then froze the rest..

lentil soup

I buy thick and chunky organic salsa from Aldi's. which is also marked gluten free, It's a 16 ounce glass jar that  comes in mild, medium, or hot, and is only $1.99- works for me. 

Don't like lentil soup? 
I did the same thing with my spicy sweet potato soup and that was really great too.  

1 16 ouncejar of thick and chunky organic salsa ( mild, medium or hot- your choice)
5 cups vegetable broth
5 cups water
1 bag of lentils ( washed, picked over, and drained)

Add the salsa to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Sautee for 2 minutes. Add the lentils, vegetable broth and water. Secure lid, close pressure valve, and pressure cook for 16 minutes. When done, allow steam to release on its own if you have time or release steam manually according to the manufacturer's directions

My Notes:

1. Tomatoes are very acid. When you buy them in a can, the acidity from the tomatoes eats into the can and mingles with the metal. It sometimes gives a metallic taste and probably isn't good for you. I like salsa from a jar. 

2. Aldi's sells a very reasonable and delicious organic gluten free salsa that comes in mild, medium, or hot for just $1.99  - good deal

3. If you do have the energy to cut up vegetables, you can still add some to the IP. I actually once had an eggplant that I cut up and threw into the pot. It didn't affect the cooking time. 

4. You can probably do this on the stove top as well.. why not? 

www.realfoodblogger lentil soup


  1. Warming, comforting and so delicious!

  2. I love using salsa in soups for the very same reason, Judee! Aldi is not near me but now that I know about their great price on organic salsa, I'll have to make a point of stopping by there so I can stock up. Thanks for the tip and the recipe!


    1. So funny- I thought necessity was the mother of invention here- didn't realize others did this.. well it is easy and makes sense..

  3. This is such a good idea and we love lentil soup - healthy and filling!! My husband loves spicy foods, so I could use a salsa with a kick and take up the spice level. I love making soup in my instant pot. Lentil soup in the instant pot is so wonderful because it's FAST!!!!!! Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Yes, you could add the hot salsa for him at the end and use mild salsa in the cooking . Easy and versatile.

  4. Please tell us where you get your salss at- - or put in a link to it?? Thank youi.

  5. Hi Judee,
    How can something this simple be so delicious, can't wait to have a bowl of this goodness! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen


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