Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup

Jo Zimny Recipe

By Jo Zimny EmilyJo

15 Min
30 Min

I love my pressure cooker and it makes such tasty dishes in no time at all. The original recipe cooking time for this was 25 minutes, but since I live at 5,000 ft. above sea level I upped the time to cook this to 30 minutes. I found the lentils were too hard after being cooked for just 25 minutes.
The rule of thumb is for every 1,000 feet above 2,000 ft. above sea level increase the cooking time by 5%. So my increase was 15%.
This recipe is so yummy and I added stinging nettles to mine instead of spinach. The flavor of this soup is really good and gets better over time, so make lots!
We grow a huge patch of it every year, it's a wonderful super food and goes great in this dish. Just make sure you don't touch the nettles if you do use them. Once they are emerged into the hot soup they lose their sting.

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1/2 large
onion chopped medium
4 clove
garlic, pressed
2 Tbsp
grapeseed oil
2 medium
carrots, chopped
2 medium
celery ribs
1 tsp
ground cumin
4 c
chicken or vegetable broth
1 c
dry lentils, rinsed and cleaned
2 medium
bay leaves
5 1/8 oz
fresh spinach or stinging nettles

Directions Step-By-Step

In the pressure cooker, sweat the onion and garlic in grapeseed oil until the onions are translucent.
Add the carrots and celery and saute for a minute or two.
Add the ground cumin and stir well.
Add the broth, lentils and bay leaves. Close the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure.
Cook for about 25 minutes. If you live at a higher elevation then read the description as to how to adjust your cooking time. I had to do mine at least 30 minutes to compensate for the altitude.
Release the steam from the pressure cooker by the quick release method. This means putting it in the sink and running a small stream of water on the lid, but check with your pressure cookers instructions first. You can also let the pressure come down on it's own as well.
Remove the bay leaves. If using the spinach add it to the soup and stir until it wilts, this should take only a few minutes. The heat from the soup will wilt it very easy. Same if you use stinging nettles, it wilts easy also.
Season with salt and pepper if you like.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Soups, Other Soups
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #cooker, #Pressure, #lentils

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Apr 21, 2011 - Jo Zimny shared this recipe with discussion group: Pressure Cooking
Apr 22, 2011 - Jo Zimny shared this recipe with discussion group: High Altitude Cooking
Vickie Dinardi SunflowerVick
May 2, 2011
This is my favorite soup. I make it very much like the recipe shown. I often add a small pasta like ditalini, elbow, or orzo.
Janice Seigler disney4
Jul 27, 2011
Jo, You have me wondering what Stinging Nettles are? The only stinging nettles I am familiar with are the kind growing wild in my yard that causes me to itch when touched!
Rikki H. chispirit
Aug 16, 2011
I make a soup almost identically to this one. My family and I loves it.
cj siewert cjvegas
Aug 3, 2012
always looking for pressure cooker recipes and I love lentils .