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Lentil Miso Soup with Kale

Lentil Miso Soup with Kale

Ready in 15 minutes, this vegan lentil miso soup can be made on the stove or Instant Pot, a simple nourishing vegan dish perfect for a cold day.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Canadian
Servings: 4 bowls
Calories: 265kcal
Cost: $0.57 per serving


  • 1 large potato 250 g
  • 1 can green or brown lentils or 1 cup dried red lentils (200 g)
  • 6 cups water 1450 mL
  • 6 cloves minced garlic 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 tbsp white miso aka "shiro," "sweet," or "mellow" miso
  • 2–3 cups kale 60–90 g
  • handful shredded nori *optional


Instant Pot

  • Add all ingredients except nori to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  • Pressure cook on HIGH for 2 minutes. Quick release immediately.

Stove Top

  • Add all ingredients except nori to a stockpot.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 7–10 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and top with nori strips. Enjoy hot and steaming!

Recipe Notes

lentil miso kale soup in the instant pot or on the stove

You may also use other varieties of lentils. For dried green or brown lentils, or whole red lentils, double the cook time.

Spinach or cabbage can be used in place of kale—add them towards the end of cooking.

That time lentil miso soup restored my health

I was super hungry this afternoon because I’d spent the whole day out. I went to the library to check out a book I wanted to read, only for the librarian to tell me it’d been stolen!! Luckily, he told me where I could go to get it back.

Let me tell you, it was such a pain to find. The book was inside an old building I’d never seen before, and it kinda felt like trespassing to step inside, tbh. It was full of these mages / summoner types, and I could instantly tell I didn’t belong. Luckily, I defeated them with some spells and found a guy there who told me which room the book was in. I met this hooded lady in there with no eyes. She started conjuring frost demons and we had a big fight, but I got her in the end.

Finally took the book back to the library, and they still charged me three days’ worth of late fees ? Anyway, I was super tired and I hadn’t gotten the chance to eat lunch, so I went straight to the nearest inn for some food. The innkeeper handed me this huge bowl of lentil miso soup. Worked like a charm, restored all my HP. One of my most satisfying meals this week!

A high protein twist on a traditional soup

lentil miso soup with kale

Miso soup is a go-to when I’m craving something savoury. It’s usually eaten as an appetizer before a main, but I wanted to make a full meal of it because ain’t nobody got time to cook a three-course meal during exam season. This Instant Pot lentil soup preserves that earthy, umami flavour of miso, and bulks it up with lentil and kale for a boost of vitamins and protein. With 15 g of protein per bowl, you’ll have no problem getting in enough protein for the day!

(Want another delicious, low-cal, and vegan lentil soup recipe? Check out my Savoury Lentil Soup.)

Nutrition, Cost, and Emissions Information for Lentil Miso Soup

Feel free to contact me for sources on the nutritional and carbon emissions information presented here. Note that I am not a nutritionist and guidelines on this page are provided for informational purposes only.

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