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. 

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Spicy Tomato Sauce

Here's a really simple tomato based sauce that's good for pasta, rice, salad, etc. It's a little spicy, but nothing crazy. It's also really easy and tastes awesome.

1 lb roma tomatoes
2-3 chipotles and 2-3 tbls adobo sauce
1/3 cup chopped raw celery
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
basil, salt, pepper to taste

On a baking sheet roast the tomatoes whole in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes.

The tomatoes take on a really deep flavor from a few minutes in the oven.

Roughly chop and add tomatoes to a blender. You may have to add them in batches to avoid making a mess. Add garlic, chipotles, adobo sauce and oil. Puree. Add celery, spices and remaining tomatoes and buzz again.

Taste and adjust seasoning. Keeping in mind the flavors will intensify after a few hours to rest and marry.

It'll be very liquidy at first, but will thicken up nicely after a rest in fridge.

Enjoy over anything with a neutral flavor. Potatoes, salad, pasta, rice, veggies, beans.

You can achieve an interesting variation by also roasting the celery and garlic.