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Pressure Cooker Moroccan Spiced Soup

This Pressure Cooker Moroccan Spiced Soup is full of delicious spices like cumin, cinnamon, paprika, ginger, and allspice. Pair that with lamb meat that melts in your mouth and chickpeas. That my friend is this beautiful soup.

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I love to travel. My hope is to one day travel around the world and eat the authentic cuisine of every single country I visit. Until I’m able to do that….I’ll bring the world into my kitchen.

This Moroccan Spiced Soup has become a regular in our kitchen. It’s so easy and delicious that it has joined a few other soups that make a regular appearance, like this jerk chicken soup and this sausage and lentil soup recipe.

What is Moroccan Soup?

Moroccan Soup, also known as Harira, is made with either chickpeas and/or lentils, tomatoes, and meat. A lot of recipes you will find will leave the meat out.

I’m a lover of meat and discovered that a traditional Moroccan Spice Soup will often contain lamb. So I made sure my soup recipe had it.

You should be able to find lamb at your local grocer. I usually buy a leg of lamb and chop it into 1 inch pieces. I have the butcher remove the bone.

The addition of lamb is perfect for this pressure cooker soup because each bite of lamb literally melts in your mouth. That’s why the pressure cooker is amazing. It’s perfect for cooking lamb and goat and getting them perfectly tender.

How to make Moroccan Spiced Soup in your Pressure Cooker

an instant pot

I make this soup (and almost all soups) in my Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

First, set your pressure cooker to the high sauté setting and wait for your display to say “Hot.” Once it does, add your oil and then your chopped lamb meat. You’ll want to brown the meat for 4-5 minutes.

lamb meat in pressure cooker

Next, you’ll want to add your onions and garlic and sauté until your onions have softened a bit, about 3 minutes. The moisture from the onion should provide enough liquid to get some of those brown bits at the bottom of the Instant Pot up as well.

Removing those brown bits from the bottom of your Instant Pot is extremely important. It should always be done after browning meats to allow you food to pressure cook properly. I recommend using a wooden spoon for this.

lamb and onions and garlic in instant pot

Then add your spices and stir for about 1 minute.

lamb and onions and garlic with spices in pressure cooker

Next, add your chicken broth. Once you add your chicken broth, grab your wooden spoon and deglaze once more, making sure that all brown bits are removed from the bottom of the pot.

Then you’ll add your drained chickpeas and diced tomatoes. Do not stir at this time. Rumor is that tomatos and tomatoes based producs could cause some Instant Pots to give off that dreaded burn signal. A way to avoid that is to layer tomato products on top and stir once the pressure cook cycle is complete.

chicken broth with tomatoes on top of pressure cooker moroccan spiced soup

Cover and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. It will take your pressure cooker about 10-15 minutes to reach pressure. Once the cook cycle is complete, allow the moroccan spiced soup to natural release for 10 minutes, then you may release the rest of the pressure.

Once all your pressure is released, open the lid and smell the aroma…it’s delightful. Stir in your spinach until all the spinach is fully submerged in the soup.

Enjoy 🙂

finished moroccan spiced soup with added spinach

If you’re new to the Instant Pot and are looking for a recipe perfect for beginners with step by step photos and instructions, try this Instant Pot Shrimp Paella.

Looking for other Instant Pot Soup Recipes? Try these out:

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Pressure Cooker Moroccan Spiced Soup

This Pressure Cooker Moroccan Spiced Soup is delicious, healthy, and a breeze to make in your Pressure Cooker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Keyword moroccan spiced soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
rise to pressure and natural release 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 283kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 lb lamb cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Press Sauté on your Pressure Cooker. Once Hot, add your vegetable oil. Then add your lamb meat and cook until browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Add onion and garlic and stir until the onion has softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add cumin, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and stir for about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth and use a wooden spoon to ensure that all brown bits are removed from the bottom of the pressure cooker. Add chickpeas and diced tomatoes. Do not stir.
  • Cover Pressure Cooker and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Once pressure cooking cycle is complete, allow soup to natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Stir in spinach and salt and pepper to desired taste.


Have fun with the spices. Taste and adjust to your preference.
You can omit the lamb if you want to make it Vegetarian or Vegan.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3930IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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Sunday 9th of January 2022

Hi! How can I cook this without an instant pot? Thanks!

Rozella Hansen

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I would love to try this but lamb is far too expensive to buy especially for a senior on a limited income,

Whitney M

Sunday 13th of December 2020

I made this for my family, except I substituted the lamb for beef. I also messed up and forgot to bring my instant pot with me to my Mom's. Still, cooking on the stove ended up working out and I can always try cooking it correctly another time. Excited to try more recipes!


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

sounds so good