Lentil Soup…YUM!

My mom had a pressure cooker…I always wanted one.  Then after reading Judy’s blog at Patchwork Times and hearing her rant about how much she loves her pressure cooker, I finally relented and bought one.  I didn’t purchase an expensive as I was unsure about how much I would use it.  I just have one similar to this Presto 8-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker.  It turns out, I use it ALL the time.  I love it.

Soup and beans are SO simple and easy….Here’s how I made this totally amazing Lentil Soup.  I’m so sorry about the picture, there just isn’t a way to make lentils look yummy but trust me this soup is great.


When we were butchering hogs last week, I saved out some pork bones that were hard to get the meat cut off of.  I threw four bones in the pressure cooker.  I put in a package of lentils, two carrots that were peeled and sliced into coins.  I added a half of chopped onion and two tablespoons of ham soup base.  I filled the kettle so that it was half full of water, locked the cover and set the burner on high.  After it started whistling, I turned the burner to medium heat and let it cook for 20 minutes.  I did a quick release method to let out the steam.  After it cooled I took the meat off the bones and put it in the kettle…Soup finished….and of course it had to be taste tested….YUMMY!  I like hearty food and this fits the bill.

Oh it’s good….hubby loves it…even the teenage daughter said, “oh, it’s actually pretty good.”

3 thoughts on “Lentil Soup…YUM!”

  1. There are 2 rules to always follow 1. do not let it “boil” dry/overfill with liquid 2. do not open before the pressure is off. I think it is best & fast way to cook a lot of different foods. I’ve never ‘soaked’ beans overnight-use my ‘precious’ cooker.

  2. We’ve got three pressure cookers – one like yours and two of the big ones. And even though I know how to use them, and know how unlikely they are to blow up, I still go back to Mom’s and Grandma’s childhood warnings and memories of staying far far from the kitchen whenever a pressure cooker was in use, so I never do use them. That’s my husband’s domain.

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