Italian Lentil Soup – Instant Pot and Crock Pot

This filling and flavorful Italian Lentil Soup can be made in either the Instant Pot or Crock-Pot, for a quick and easy soup that will warm you up on a cold day! Vegetarian and Vegan versions available.

Italian Lentil Soup with Cornbread Muffins

Man I love lentils! They’re so crazy versatile and such a hearty vegetarian protein for everything from soups to stews to tacos to salads.

They’re the star of today’s scrumptious soup recipe and I cannot wait for ya’ll to try this one!

As written the recipe is gluten-free and grain-free and can be made either vegetarian or vegan depending on whether or not you want to add parmesan cheese on top.

Looking to add a little carbs in on the fun? It can even be served over fluffy rice if you’d like! (Seriously SO GOOD!)

Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Italian Lentil Soup

This filling and flavorful lentil soup can be made vegan or vegetarian depending on whether or not you decided to add a little cheese on top. The soup is honestly AMAZING both ways!

Crock-Pot + Instant Pot Italian Lentil Soup

You’ll find cooking instructions for both slow cooker and electric pressure cooker methods below.

If you need a stove-top soup let me know! I’m happy to test this recipe again and again if it means I get to spoon more of this lentil soup amazingness into my face!

I scarfed my first bowl straight up with some mini cornbread muffins on the side then added a some fluffy Instant Pot basmati rice and a sprinkling of parm the next day. SO GOOD!

Italian Lentil Soup
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Italian Lentil Soup

This filling and flavorful vegetarian Italian Lentil Soup is healthy and delicious! Instant Pot and Slow Cooker instructions below.

Course Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Italian Lentil Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 180 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 1-2 celery ribs
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1.5 cups dry green or brown lentils
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp dried or fresh rosemary (if using fresh, add extra to taste)
  • 15 oz canned cannelini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups fresh chopped spinach
  • optional fresh parsley to garnish
  • optional freshly grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS (6 QT or 8 QT)

  1. Peel and dice onion and carrots. Finely chop celery. Mince garlic.

  2. Add 6 cups broth to pressure cooker, followed by onion, carrot, celery, garlic, lentils, diced tomatoes (liquid included) and all herbs/spices.

  3. NOTE: Spinach and cannelini beans will be added at the very end after pressure cooking.

  4. Cover and seal Instant Pot lid. Set to MANUAL 15 minutes HIGH pressure.

  5. It should take approx 20-25 minutes to come to pressure, then 15 minutes active cook time. When the timer beeps, carefully quick release the pressure and allow the IP to depressurize. Safely remove the lid and add drained/rinsed cannelini beans and chopped fresh spinach to the hot soup. Mix and ladle soup into bowls. Top with all your favorite toppings and extras!

CROCK-POT SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel and dice onion and carrots. Finely chop celery. Mince garlic. Add all ingredients except for spinach and optional toppings to your slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours, until dried lentils are cooked through and veggies are tender. Add your spinach and toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Feeling a bit extra? Have fun with the toppings here!

You can add grated parmesan cheese as well as a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream, fresh herbs to garnish, and more! Instead of a dairy-based topping, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on top is simply delicious! For serving, fluffy long grain rice makes a tasty addition as does some toasty garlic bread or cornbread.

Leftover bowls of soup may be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days or frozen for up to one month.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on toppings and extras added and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Italian Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.59g1%
Saturated Fat 0.11g1%
Sodium 877.62mg38%
Potassium 657.09mg19%
Carbohydrates 33.35g11%
Fiber 12.21g51%
Sugar 4.28g5%
Protein 11.4g23%
Vitamin A 4028.73IU81%
Vitamin C 8.95mg11%
Calcium 79.25mg8%
Iron 4.21mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this Italian Lentil Soup recipe in the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Lentil Soup Bowl

looking for more lentil recipes?

Totally check out this roundup of 7 Healthy Lentil Recipes when you get a chance. All the recipes are either vegan or vegetarian.

If you’re loving lentils right now you have GOOOOT to try my infamous Lentil Tacos! I also have a smoky chipotle version and a recipe for Instant Pot Lentil Tacos if you need it. They’re fantastic!

One of my most popular lentil recipes to date is this fiesta-worthy Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup, which can be made stove top, in the Instant Pot, and in a slow cooker. Whichever method you choose, it’s sure to be a hit! The recipe has over 170 ★★★★★ rave reviews!

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Comments

  • Jenn

    5 stars
    My husband still doesn’t know that there wasn’t any meat in this dish. This is a very hearty and satisfying dish. Perfect for cold, cold days!

  • Cassie

    5 stars
    This was so good! Can’t wait to make it for family coming to visit on the holidays. It is a great vegan soup and perfect for those cold days when you’re craving a hearty lunch! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks love! So glad you enjoyed the soup!

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