• Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup

Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup

Oh this was such a surprise! The result of being freezing cold, hungry and fed up of looking at the bag of carrots and parsnips in the veg drawer of my fridge. The resultant soup really satisfied my needs that day – to warm me up and fill me up and of course, deliver big flavours to keep my tastebuds satisfied enough that they don’t send me to the baking supplies cupboard looking for “spare” chocolate to munch after lunch ;).  It might look like a bowlful of any other vegetable soup you care to name but I promise, the taste is so much more than it’s sunshine yellow colour. Let’s look at what else went into my Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup.

Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup

Parsnip is one of my all time favourite veg – I adore it roasted with thyme and a little maple syrup. What I love about it is how it is both sweet and also has an inherent spiciness of it’s own. As I was looking around my kitchen furtively for other ingredients to add, a nugget of root ginger and my tub of red lentils caught my eye.


Both of them have their own brand of spiciness which work oh so well against the parsnip. Momentarily, I hovered over my masala dabba (Indian spice box) and was about to turn this into a curried soup but my pretty tin of smoked paprika entered my peripheral vision and I put the garam masala and turmeric back this time.

Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup

I did, however, return to the cupboard for one final ingredient which would unite the various spicy tastes and the smokiness of the paprika. Crossing my fingers and hoping I wasn’t about to ruin my lunch, I dolloped in a little mango chutney (which you can make in a flash in your Instant Pot too!).

15 minutes of pressure cooking later and a quick blitz and boom! I was so happy! The heat and smokiness were counterbalanced by the mango chutney which lent a very subtle fruity sweetness. It’s one of those apparently odd additions which really, is the little bit of magic that falls into secret ingredient territory. Except now you know the secret! And I hope you love this soup :D

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Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup
Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup

Hot and spicy root veg and lentil soup made in the Instant Pot. A bowl of hot, yellow sunshine on a cold dark day! 

: Soup
Servings: 4 people
: 163 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into 1.5 inch chunks
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and chopped into 1.5 inch chunks (about 500g worth)
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smacked with a knife and peeled
  • 1 green chilli, destalked and chopped (leave seeds in if you like it hot)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2-3 tsp mango chutney
  • 750 ml hot vegetable stock
  • 100 g red lentils, very well washed in a sieve under running water (about 1/2 cup)
  1. Set the Instant Pot on to Sauté and when hot, add in the oil.

  2. Sauté the carrots, parsnips, ginger and garlic until lightly coloured (just a few minutes) then add in the chilli and spices. Add in the mango chutney - the sweetness balances the spice nicely so don't leave it out!

  3. Stir well then add in the stock and lentils. Put the lid on, close the vent and set the IP to Manual High for 15 minutes. Allow a QPR if you have the time, if not, a NPR will do. 

  4. Blend the soup with a stick/immersion blender and if you want it thinner, add more stock at this point. Test for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Spicy Roots Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 833mg 35%
Potassium 468mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 7g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 216.7%
Vitamin C 9.6%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 12.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Daria 03/05/2017 at 06:38 - Reply

    I love all kinds of soup! They’re perfect especially when I can’t decide what to eat. In fact, I just made minestrone yesterday. :)
    But this sounds like an interesting soup recipe. Can’t wait to try it out.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Just Jo 04/05/2017 at 06:50 - Reply

      You’re very welcome Daria! I hope you enjoy it. I love soups when I just can’t decide what else to do with a fridge full of bits and pieces that otherwise wouldn’t make much of a meal :D

  2. Claire Secker 27/11/2017 at 14:33 - Reply

    I’m about to make this yummy looking soup! Just a quick question…on step 3 it states..Allow a QPR if you have the time, if not, a NPR will do. Are the QPR and the NPR reversed?
    Thanks, Claire

    • Just Jo 27/11/2017 at 18:02 - Reply

      Lol oopsie well sported Claire! I’ll edit that to the correct way around. Thanks for letting me know and enjoy your soup!

  3. Brent 16/03/2018 at 17:03 - Reply

    I have not Chutney, should I hold off until I get some?

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