Thursday, February 17, 2011

The best thing that Pressure Cookers do, are Soups!

Soups are the best,  in the Pressure Cooker and it takes more time to prepare the ingredients than to pressure them.
There is nothing better on a cold winter day than Soup! 
Over the next several weeks, I will be posting some of my favorite soups that I have adapted to the Pressure Cooker.  I'm sorry I haven't learned how you can print these recipes off.  I know it is a pain.
Left Over Soup:
This is great for all those left overs in the fridge.
1 cup cooked meat
Any kind of vegetables including garlic and onions.
1 can of tomatoes
1 1/8 cups pasta
Any kind of herbs or seasonings you want.  I love crushed red pepper flakes,
not too much, but gives the soup a hot taste
1 bay leaf
3 cups broth, any kind you like.
Pressure for 6 minutes, natural release. 

Bean and Butternut Squash Soup
1/2 lb. of any kind of meat
2 cups cook beans (anykind)
2 cups butternut squash
2 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
Fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp. dried basil to taste
1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped or use some dried
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth
Brown the meat and garlic in the Pressure Cooker.
Add rest of ingredients and pressure for 6 minutes. Natural release.

This next soup was adapted from a slow cooker recipe which would take 6 hours and in the Pressure Cooker 6 minutes.  See why I love the Pressure Cooker.
Turkey Minestrone Soup
1 medium size onion, chopped (Soup isn't soup unless we put in a onion)
2 small stalk celery with leaves chopped
2 small carrots or parsnips, sliced.  (I would put both in, Parsnips are sweet and give a soup a nice flavor.)
1 large red potato, diced
1 cup cabbage, chopped
1 cup green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small zuccchini,diced
1 cup chopped cooked turkey meat
1 tsp. dried basil or marjoram
Salt and black pepper to taste or red crushed pepper flakes.
1 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup pasta
3 cups broth, any kind
1 14.5 oz can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained and broken up
Pressure 6 minutes, natural release

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