Instant Pot Lebanese Lentil and Chard Soup


My mom often makes this Lebanese lentil soup. I adapted it for the Instant Pot. It's a bit easier but just as good as the stovetop version!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 russet potato, cubed

  • 3 ribs celery, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, or more to taste

  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 8 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups brown lentils

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed and leaves sliced into thin ribbons

  • 2 lemons


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Heat olive oil in the pot. Add onion, potato, celery, and garlic; cook and stir until starting to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cilantro, salt, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon on top; stir until fragrant.

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

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in chard; cover soup and let sit until chard wilts, about 5 minutes. Uncover and stir in juice of 1 lemon.

  4. Taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish with remaining cilantro. Cut the second lemon into wedges and serve alongside.


Chop the chard stems and add them for extra crunch, or save them for a stir-fry or vegetable saute.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
4g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 447mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 39mg 196%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 697mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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