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Instant Pot Sausage Lentil Stew

Instant Pot Sausage Lentil Stew! A cozy, hearty stew made easy in the instant pot. Full of flavor and so satisfying! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 3-4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 29 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups dry lentils rinsed and picked over (preferably French Green Lentils)
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale optional

Instructions

  • Press the SAUTE button on the instant pot and let preheat for 1-2 minutes. Add the olive oil and Italian sausage. Cook, breaking into small pieces with a spoon, until no longer pink.
  • Add the onion, celery and carrot. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and lentils. Stir to combine.
  • Close the instant pot and press MANUAL and set timer for 10 minutes. When the time is up let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the steam.
  • Stir in the chopped kale. Serve topped with parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe makes a larger batch but the leftovers are delicious! Lentils are frequently cross-contaminated with other grains. Be sure to rinse and pick through the lentils before adding them to the soup. I like to use small green French lentils because they are usually very clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1226mg | Potassium: 1345mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6500IU | Vitamin C: 34.4mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 7.1mg