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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Red Wine Mushroom Sauce Noodles

This is an uncomplicated pasta  preparation that yields a lot of flavor from a humble array of ingredients. Less is more.

8 ounces mushrooms, your choice, sliced
6 celery stalks, chopped small
1 cup spinach
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 habernero, minced
3 clove garlic, sliced thinly

Cooked noodles, 1 cup water reserved

1/2 cup red wine
2 tbls; 1 tbl olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce

1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
3 tsps salt
2 tsp black pepper

In a large saute pan cook noodles in water with  2 tsp salt. Set noodle asides. Keep 1 cup cooking water in the pan. Add mushrooms, celery, wine and 2 tbls olive oil. Braise over medium heat for 15 minutes.

Add spinach, garlic, poblano, jalapeno, habernero, hot sauce and spices, including the remaining 1 tsp salt. Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Add noodles back to pan and remaining 1 tbl olive oil.  Stir thoroughly to combine everything. Continue simmering over medium heat until noodles have absorbed most of the liquid, are glistening  and only a small amount of liquid remains in the bottom of the pan. Top with your favorite beans.