Under Pressure
Under Pressure
September 15, 2010 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

Between homework, shuttling to afterschool activities and playdates, dinner seems to be an elusive task this time of year. Frankly, finding time to cook isn’t just a parenting issue anymore either. A good friend who has no children and works in finance seems to have a never ending workday. So what’s a busy person to do when they want home-cooking to be a regular part of their routine? The answer is as easy as investing in a pressure cooker.

Brisket in under an hour? No problem. Lentil soup in ten minutes? Been there, done that. During my catering and personal cheffing years, I relied on pressure cooking when short on time. Now as a mother and career woman, it gives new meaning to the phrase “time is on my side.”

Lentil Soup
Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium carrots (5 ounces), diced
1 onion (3.5 ounces), diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup (225 ml) crushed or pureed tomatoes
2 cups (450 ml) water
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup (7 ounces) lentils
1 bay leaf
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to garnish

  1. Preheat pressure cooker to saute setting. Add carrots, onions and garlic. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the tomatoes and water; season with salt and pepper. Add the lentils and bay leaf.
  3. Set the cooker to high pressure for 8 minutes. When done, let the pressure release naturally.
  4. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

January 2, 2011 5:07 PM
Dose anyone know if you can can with the electric pressure cooker? - Elita
January 12, 2011 2:02 PM
I love my Cuisinart electronic pressure cooker. The only thing I was wondering: I made a soup in it with cumin and other spices and the sealant ring still smelled like it after I washed it. Anyone know a way to make it fresh again? - JenniferT
July 8, 2012 9:31 AM
I would love to know this as well. After losing everything in my freezer for the second time in 4 years due to catastrophic power outages in Ohio, I've decided to give up my freezer and go to canning instead. The ONLY way to go is pressure canning. - SeaGal
February 21, 2013 11:58 AM
Like Elita, I would like to know if you can can with the electric pressure cooker. Thank you for our help. - Sue Ann
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