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. 


Asian Carrot Fettuccine

I found myself inspired by all those vegetable versions of noodles and pasta. I think they're silly. Pasta is delicious. Zucchini noodles are not. Carbs are awesome.

Still, ribbons, are a great way to quickly process carrots for easy cooking. It's also pretty.

I don't want to spend time julienning carrots. Sliced take too long to cook. So shaved seemed like a perfect marriage of both aesthetics and function.

Normally, I don't peel carrots. I just wash them and slice. With this method, you do peel, but you just keep peeling the entire carrot right down to the core. Don't discard the outer peels. All of the peels are usable. Besides being great for quick cooking, they're also good for texture as a raw garnish.

When you get down to the carrot cores, reserve them for snacks or stocks.

2 large carrots, shaved into ribbons
1 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch scallions, sliced on the bias
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
7 cloves garlic, microplaned
2 inches fresh ginger, microplaned
1 can garbanzos and can juice
2 1/2 tbls low sodium soy sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 lime, zest and juice
1 tsps fresh black pepper

1 pint orange grape tomatoes, sliced
2 handfuls fresh basil chiffonade

1/4 cup red wine
2 tbls olive oil

2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps celery seed
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp cumin seed
5 whole cloves

Put the first group of ingredients into a large stock pot or deep dish skillet. . Bring up to  medium heat and simmer 2 minutes. Add oil. Stir to coat contents of pot in the oil. Simmer 5 more minutes. Add wine. Cook off wine and scrape pan to deglaze carmelized bits.

Add dry seasoning. Simmer 15 miinutes.

Turn off heat. Stir in tomatoes and basil. Let rest 5 minutes.