More Pressure Cooker 101 – Lentils & Pasta

Hi There!

 

After watching Food, Inc too many times, I am on the verge of becoming a vegetarian. That means coming up with new, exciting ways to cook vegetables, beans, lentils… which can be challenging!

 

Luckily I have my Versonel Pressure Cooker, and lucky for you – you have me to test these recipes to make sure they easy, accurate and yummy. Still need a pressure cooker? Get yours HERE.

 

So this past weekend, I decided to make Lentil Meatballs with Linguini and red sauce for my lunch meal prep for the week.

 

Lentils could not be any easier than with a Versonel Pressure Cooker.

Throw the following items into your pressure cooker:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 small onion diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup lentils (any kind works)
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt / pepper to taste

 

Plug in your pressure cooker, close the lid, push On Demand Pressure, then the “-” key down to 15.

The pressure cooker will take a few minutes to warm up before it starts counting down.

Once it beeps that it is done, don’t touch! Just let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes.

Open your pressure cooker and VOILA – Perfect Lentils!

 

Now – How do you turn that into meatballs? Simple!

 

Add 1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, and salt/pepper/Italian seasoning to taste. Mix and mash together.

 

Heat up a skillet with enough oil to coat the bottom – i use avocado oil. I used a medium sized cookie scoop to shape the balls to make sure they are uniform – made about 18. Fry ’em up until the surface is brown.

 

Onto the Linguini with Red Sauce. This is way too easy.

1 box (16oz) of Linguini. I toss on about 2T of oil on the pasta and make sure they get coated. Something small like penne would have been the easiest choice, but I used what i had 🙂

1 jar of a red sauce of your choice. Toss it in over the pasta.

Fill your jar with water, and throw that on the pasta just until the pasta is submerged. Stir it a bit to make sure sauce and water is mixed and coating the pasta.

Plug in your pressure cooker, close the lid, push On Demand Pressure, then the “-” key down to 5 (or half the time the pasta box tells you to cook the pasta). Once it is done, let it naturally release the pressure for about 10 minutes.

 

Boom. Done. Easy. Lunch for the week! 🙂

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VSLPC60 Basics 101

Hi Everyone!

Our Versonel 6 Quart Programmable 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker VSLPC60 has been selling all over the United States, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! With all these sales brings a lot questions from our consumers about how to properly use the Versonel Pressure Cooker. This blog is to *hopefully* answer all the questions you may have about your new pressure cooker!

 

Preset Buttons:

To use these, simply add your food, plug in your pressure cooker, select the button for what you are cooking and close the lid. That’s it!

Soup/Stew – 55 minutes

Fish/Vegetable – 30 minutes

Meat/Chicken – 45 minutes

Beans/Chili – 40 minutes

(brown) Rice – 60 minutes

Oatmeal – 45 minutes

Steam – 55 minutes

 

You may realize that some of these times could be way under or over what you need depending on the size of your meal. If you want to cook for a time other than these presets, simply:

Plug in your pressure cooker & add your food

Push On Demand Pressure, then the + or – button to adjust your time

That’s it!

 

Here are some examples:

Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese:

Dump in 16oz of uncooked macaroni. Pinch of Kosher Salt. 4 cups of water.

Push On Demand Pressure and “-” until you get to 4 minutes.

After 4 minutes of cooking, do a quick release of steam (it helps to put a towel over the steam release), but keep on Warm function. Once the steam is released, add 2 TBS of butter.

Mix 2 eggs, 12 oz of evaporated mil and seasoning to takes – i like to kick it up with some ground mustard and smokes paprika, salt & pepper and throw it in with the noodles. Mix in 20 oz of shredded cheese. Stir. All Done!

 

Plain White Rice:

1 cup of rinsed rice. 1.25 cups of water. 0.5t of salt. Mix together. On demand pressure for 3 minutes. Natural release the steam (which means do NOT open the steam vent) for 10 minutes. THEN open the vent. Open the lid, fluff with fork. Done.

 

How do I Saute with my pressure cooker?

Very simply! Plug in the pressure cooker, and push Keep Warm/Cancel – This will activate HOT mode, which allows you to saute in the same pan you will cook in. Pretty cool, huh?

 

Since I know a lot of people have been asking, I am going to do my best to continue to post recipes and tips here on this blog. Have a specific question? Ask me! I’ll answer it, I promise! 🙂