We received a pressure cooker as a wedding gift many years ago, and it’s been put to good use. I tend to go through phases where I use it a lot, and then it sits in the cupboard for months on end collecting dust.
What I love about pressure cookers is that it makes a tough cut of meat tender, in no time at all. It also cooks soups in minutes.
Here is one recipe that I make quite often with my pressure cooker. I always tend to make it for house guests when I am unsure of their arrival time. So if you’re from out of town, and you decide to visit me, chances are there will be a steaming pot of broccoli soup awaiting you at the dinner table. If broccoli soup is really not your thing, let me know ahead of time and I will bake you a cake instead.
- half an onion
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 stalks celery
- 3 stalks of broccoli
- 2 tsp soya sauce
- ground pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp samba olek ( for those that like it spicy )
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup cream ( optional )
Sautee onion, garlic, and celery in olive oil. Clean and chop broccoli and add to pot. Cover with chicken stock, add soya sauce , pepper, bay leaf and samba olek. Fasten lid tightly on pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes.
When pressure has been released, remove lid, take out bay leaf and puree soup. Thicken with about 2 tbsp flour mixed with 1/4 cup cream. Bring to a boil, finish off parmesan cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper if neccesary.