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. 


Easy One Pan Pasta Primaversa (Vegan)

Have you ever tried cooking your pasta in a really big frying pan? It's easy. It works. And it makes sauteing the pasta and veg in some oil really simple.

1/2 16 ounce box pasta
5 cloves garlic minced
1/2 medium yellow onion sliced
1/3 cup frozzen green peas
1/2 cup frozen multi color bell peppers
1/2 cup frozen broccoli
2-4 tbls oilive oil
1 tsp margarine
salt, pepper, garlic poweder and rosemary

fill a really big, high sides skillet about 1/3 full with water. cover and set on high heat to bring to a boil.

when nearly boiling add 1 tsp salt and your pasta.

bring back to a boil and cook pasta uncovered according to package directions. adding more water during cooking if neccesary. 1/3 pan full of water is for 7 minute pasta. adjust quantity of water for longer cooking times.

when done remove pasta from pan and store in heat safe container. Use a container which is big enough to hold your completed dish.

Add hot pan back to hot burner. Add onions. Cook on medium for three minutes. Add 1 tsp olive oil. Add broccoli if large. 1 tsp salt. saute covered for 5 minutes.

Add frozen pepper. broccoli if small. Cover and saute 2 minutes longer.

Add garlic, cooked pasta, margarine and 1 tsp more olive oil. stir and cook uncoverd for at least five minutes.

Add rosemary, garlic powder and more salt and pepper to taste as well as frozen green peas. stir to combine and cook about three minutes more to heat peas through.

decrease heat to low. Taste and add more spices and 1-2 more tsps olive oil if desired. Stirring to combine and let sit at least one minute more before serving if more spices are added.

sprinkle portions with 1-2 tsps nurtitional yeast and a little additional drizzle of olive if you wish.

a light and sweet and olive oily good pasta dish anyone can enjoy, including vegans.