This is one of our favorite lentil soup recipes. I picked a bad day to make it because it was so hot out. We still sucked it down. I use my pressure cooker to make this. I'm not sure of what the timing would be without it. My guess would be around 45 minutes on a simmer.
1 tbl. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, sliced (sometimes I use more)
4 cups broth
1 cup lentils
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. thyme
2 bay leaves
salt to taste
Heat the oil in your pressure cooker over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and saute for five minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring up to high pressure for 14 minutes. You can quick release or slow release.
That's it. Dinner ready in under 30 minutes. Serve it with a nice salad and whole grain bread.