All winter long I find myself on a major soup binge. Like this Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage, or this hearty Black Bean Soup, or the non- Instant Pot version of today’s soup, Sausage and Lentil. Clearly I find it comforting and warming this time of year. My favorite soups usually involve some combo of hearty veggies, tomato, chicken or beef broth base, and Italian sausage. Today I was looking for something filling and healthy, but FAST. As much as I love the tenderness that comes from slow cooking, it takes all day and you have to plan your dinner pretty early on in the morning. When I want fast, I flock towards my Instant Pot, knowing I’ll have a complete meal on my plate in under 30 minutes. This lentil and sausage soup requires a few minutes of prep work to chop up some celery, carrots, onion, and anything else you want to throw in, but the rest all comes together in the Instant Pot. That means no extra skillets or dishes to clean up.
As far as the lentils go, I used a whole can. Pick up a can of your favorite brown or green lentils, rinse and drain them, and add them in to the beef broth. I love how filling (and cheap!) they are. I also used about 1/2 a pound of lean Italian chicken sausage. If you’re looking for what to do with the other 1/2 pound, I have some ideas here and here. Top each bowlful of this soup with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and a side of bread for dipping.
Double the batch and freeze half for later!
I used my Instant Pot in this recipe because of the handy-dandy saute function. No need to use a separate skillet to brown the meat and veggies, the Instant Pot does it all for you. Use the saute function on your Instant Pot to heat up the chopped onion, celery and carrots. Add in some Italian flavored chicken sausage and brown for about 5 minutes.
Add in the remaining ingredients- beef broth, garlic, a can of your favorite lentils, a can of diced tomatoes, a big heap of baby spinach, and salt and pepper. Stir everything together, seal the lid, and hit the manual button to pressure cook for 25 minutes.
Use the quick release valve to release all that pressure, then open the lid and serve. I like to top my soup with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.