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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Whether working, running around, or training in the cold weather, there is nothing better than a bowl of soup to warm you up and thaw you out after your chilly outdoor endeavors. This Instant Pot Lentil Soup is not only healthy, hearty, and meat-free but also delicious. Leftovers reheat well. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in freezer safe mason jars. Reheat gently, adding a little extra water or broth to thin if needed, for a quick lunch or dinner meal.

Instant Pot Lentil Soup
By Joey Mock, RD, LD, CLT

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil½ medium yellow onion, small diced4 medium carrots, peeled and diced3 stalks celery, diced4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and stems discarded1 teaspoon kosher salt¾ teaspoon smoked paprika½ teaspoon black pepper1 ½ cups dried lentils (green or brown), rinsed4 cloves garlic, minced1 (8 ounce) container fresh baby portobello mushrooms, chopped1 can (~26-30 ounces) crushed or finely chopped tomatoes6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth*Chopped…
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