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This Lebanese lentil soup is a beautiful sunny color thanks to red lentils. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of aleppo pepper, if desired.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
5 mins
55 mins
25 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat olive oil in the pot. Add onion, potato, carrot, tomato, celery, and garlic; cook and stir until starting to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle salt, cumin, cinnamon, and allspice over the vegetables and stir until fragrant.

  • Pour in stock, water, and lentils. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Meanwhile, spread pita squares on a lined baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and season with salt.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until toasted, about 8 minutes.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Puree soup using an immersion blender. Stir in juice of 1 lemon.

  • Divide soup among bowls and scatter a handful of pita chips over each. Cut the second lemon into wedges and serve alongside.

Cook's Note:

This soup tends to thicken as it sits. You can thin leftovers with some water when reheating.

Nutrition Facts

456 calories; protein 23.2g; carbohydrates 76.7g; fat 8.9g; sodium 1139.3mg. Full Nutrition