Lentil and Bacon Soup {just 15 minutes in a pressure cooker}

What quick and nutritious meals can you rustle up in just 15 minutes — from scratch? Scrambled eggs? Cheese on toast? How about a delicious lentil and bacon soup?

Ordinarily, lentils take an age to cook but with the help of our trusty pressure cooker, we can whip up the most amazing, thick and delicious soup in just 15 minutes.

Pressure cookers used to be considered a really old fashioned way to cook, didn’t they?

My mum’s one would scare us all half to death; the little pressure valve on the top would rattle around like a thing possessed and steam would shoot out of the top.

And it was SO noisy!

The new breed of pressure cookers are so different. Our Prestige Smart Plus 6L stainless steel pressure cooker is quiet, easy to use and — best of all — it’s super-quick.

Lentil and Bacon Soup
This easy peasy lentil and bacon soup makes a wholesome and filling meal

No Pressure Cooking

A pressure cooker is almost the antithesis of a slow-cooker. With a slow cooker, you throw everything into the pot in the morning, then it’s ready in time for your evening meal.

The pressure cooker gives you the same kind of result, but in a fraction of the time. You can cook curries, risottos, casseroles, or tagines in just minutes.

Plus, in numerous studies, it’s been noted that pressure cooking has been found to preserve the nutrients in food better than any other method. The vitamin retention is even higher than steaming; which means that, as well as being super quick, food prepared in a pressure cooker is really healthy too.

It locks in all the nutrients, as it cooks food in a shorter amount of time.

For busy families, it’s a godsend.

Keep your microwave — pressure cooking is definitely where it’s at.

It’s the best way to create a healthy and nutritious meal — from scratch — in record time.

Perfect for Autumn

Now autumn is here, I thought I’d share one of my favourite recipes with you; 15 Minute Pressure Cooker Lentil and Bacon Soup.

A firm favourite with my three boys and me, it’s something that I can whip up in next to no time.

And — even though it’s a soup — similar to the spiced pumpkin soup I make, it’s so filling and tasty that we regularly have it for supper.

Served with crusty bread, it’s a brilliant and quick meal.

The twins love it — and I love the fact that I know exactly what’s in the food that I’m putting on the table.

15 Minute Pressure Cooker Lentil and Bacon Soup

Serves 6

For this easy lentil and bacon soup recipe you will need:

2 tbsp olive oil
4 small, finely diced carrots (about 240g)
2 diced onions
4 finely chopped garlic cloves
2 packs bacon lardons (around 250g in total)
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin
3 chicken stock pots
500g red lentils

Quick and easy lentil and bacon soup recipe

Method:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.

Quick and easy 15 minute pressure cooker lentil and bacon soup recipe

2. Add the bacon, followed by the onion, garlic and carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat until the onions are soft.

3. Add the cumin and turmeric, then cook for a further 1–2 minutes until the mixture is coated in the spices and the aromas have been released.

4. Add the lentils to the pot — then pour over 2.5 litres of boiling water, mixed with the chicken stock.

Simple and quick recipe for Lentil and Bacon Soup
Simple and quick recipe for Lentil and Bacon Soup

5. Close the lid and set over high heat. When the pressure is reached (the little red indicator will pop up), then reduce the heat to the minimum to maintain pressure and time for 10 minutes.

6. When the time is up, turn off the heat allow the pressure to drop naturally until the pressure indicator has dropped.

7. Serve and enjoy with crusty bread!

Simple and quick recipe for Lentil and Bacon Soup

Et Voila!

So there we have it; prep to plate in just 15 minutes. 

The quickest and easiest way I’ve found to cook lentils — once the pot is at pressure it takes just 10 minutes.

That’s quicker than opening a can and heating up the contents.

The difference being, all the ingredients in this soup are totally natural; no preservatives, no extra salt, just lovely wholesome stuff.

Perfect for busy parents and hungry little children. And one very compelling reason to invest in a pressure cooker, if you don’t already have one!

Yield: 6

15 Minute Lentil and Bacon Soup

15 Minute Lentil and Bacon Soup

Want a quick and nutritious lentil and bacon soup that you rustle up in just 15 minutes — from scratch? Ordinarily, lentils take an age to cook but with the help of my trusty pressure cooker, I can whip up the most amazing, thick and delicious soup in just 15 minutes.



Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 small, finely diced carrots (about 240g)
  • 2 diced onions
  • 4 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 packs bacon lardons (around 250g in total)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 chicken stock pots
  • 500g red lentils

Instructions

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
    2. Add the bacon, followed by the onion, garlic and carrot. Cook on a low to medium heat until the onions are soft.
    3. Add the cumin and turmeric, then cook for a further 1–2 minutes until the mixture is coated in the spices and the aromas have been released.
    4. Add the lentils to the pot — then pour over 2.5 litres of boiling water, mixed with the chicken stock.
    5. Close the lid and set over high heat. When the pressure is reached (the little red indicator will pop up), then reduce the heat to the minimum to maintain pressure and time for 10 minutes.
    6. When the time is up, turn off the heat allow the pressure to drop naturally until the pressure indicator has dropped.
    7. Serve and enjoy with crusty bread!

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 220Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 7mgSodium 442mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 7gSugar 5gProtein 13g

Calculations was calculated by Nutritionix and is approximate

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

10 thoughts on “Lentil and Bacon Soup {just 15 minutes in a pressure cooker}

  1. That sounds AMAZING Caro! I’ve always been quite taken with the thought of a slow cooker but as my mornings are just as busy as the evenings the thought of having to prep a meal then put me off investing. The pressure cooker sounds fab though – super quick and I love that it keeps all the nutrients intact too – that’s a huge bonus in my eyes. I think I might add one to my Christmas list this year…

    1. I’ve never had a slow cooker — but we’ve had a pressure cooker for the last 10 years!! It’s THE most brilliant bit of kit. I would highly recommend putting on on your Christmas list Chloe! :)

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