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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