Pressure Cooker Vegan Lentil Soup

On the myriad cooking shows I watch they often use pressure cookers. I've often wondered to myself if I need one and if I did have one, what exactly I would make with it. 

I never did buy one for myself. I always figured I had the time to wait for the same thing to happen via the stovetop. 

But for some strange reason, my mother bought one. She doesn't even like to cook. Perhaps that factored into her decision. 

When she fell ill, I found myself with the desire to make good use of this appliance on her behalf. It felt therapeutic to create sustenance from this device that she'd bought so soon before she'd become sick. 
Since it's summer and hot, I thought to myself, I can make a complex broth based soup without making the house hot simmering it on the stovetop for a long time. 

My absolute favorite soup meal is lentil soup. It's just the ultimate vegan chicken noodle soup analog. It's the food of memories, childhood and comfort. It will give you a big hug. 


Creamy Vegetarian Pasta

Here's a simple and quick vegetarian recipe. It's lacto-vegetarian. It only uses milk. It tastes really creamy and hearty, is easy to prepare and best of all, very inexpensive.

1 can Campbell's Cream of Asparagus Soup
(or similar vegetarian cream of asparagus soup)
1 soup can worth of low fat animal friendly milk
1/2 a box of pasta
6 cloves roughly chopped garlic
2 tbls spicy mustard
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup frozen carrots
1/3 cup frozen broccoli

Cook pasta according to package directions. Cook til not quite done though. Drain and set aside in a storage container to keep warm. Use a container big enough to store the entire dish in when you're done.

Add pasta pot back to warm burner and set to medium. Add soup and milk and bring to a strong simmer. Add frozen veg and continue to simmer five minutes more. Stirring occasionally.

Add pasta back to soup/veg pot. Adding slowly to thoroughly combine. Also add chopped garlic and olive oil. and simmer on medium high 3 minutes more stirring often.

Add spices. Stir. Remove from heat.

Serve immediately or add to storage container for later.

add your favorite beans for a heartier version. but with all the milk it's already a complete protein. it's also pretty low fat. and tastes great.