Thursday, February 16, 2012

Alphabet Soup {Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe}

I've gotten through almost a whole week of spelt posts without any spelt jokes! Well that's pretty good, if you ask me, but sorry that's going to end right now...

How did the Mom making alphabet soup say "I love you?"

She spelt it out!

Ha ha! Okay, I know that one was pretty cheesy, but I couldn't resist. Especially with valentine's day just barely behind us.

On a more serious note, soup is a great thing to include spelt (or any whole grain) in. It's easy to hide (the kids don't notice) and it adds nutrition and texture. It's really easy to do this when you use a pressure cooker! Here's an alphabet soup recipe that I've added spelt and adapted for the pressure cooker from the prudent homemaker's (non-pressure cooker) version here. This is a wonderful soup for kids because it's so colorful, has a very simple flavor (which is a good thing), but is still interesting enough for adults to enjoy.

Alphabet Soup {Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe}

*Serves 6-8

1 28 oz. can tomatoes
1-1/2 Tbsp. beef base (or 5 tsp. beef bouillon)
2 tsp. dried onion
1 tsp. granulated garlic (or 2 garlic cloves)
2-3 carrots, diced
1/2 Cup uncooked spelt (or barley or brown rice)
1 Quart water (4 cups)

Combine above ingredients in an electric pressure cooker and pressure on high pressure for 12 minutes. Use quick release method. Open up pressure cooker and then add:

1 can green beans
1 can corn
1/2 Cup alphabet pasta

Close the pressure cooker lid again and pressure on high for 3 minutes. Then release pressure (quick or naturally), salt and pepper to taste and enjoy! Very simple meal that the whole family will love. In the pressure cooker it literally takes under 30 minutes from start to finish.

I've also made this recipe in the pressure cooker without adding spelt. It's even faster if you're really in a hurry. Just add ALL the ingredients (including green beans, corn and alphabet pasta) but use only 3 cups of water. You could substitute red or white quinoa for the spelt or just leave it out completely. And pressure it on high for 6 minutes. Very, very simple, very quick and very economical (plus a lot healthier than the store bought variety)! Everything I love in a great recipe!

Recipe Source: Adapted from the prudent homemaker

For more pressure cooker recipes see my pressure cooker recipe page. Or follow my pressure cooker board on pinterest.

Linked To: Tastetastic Thursday, Recipe Linky, Cast Party Wednesday, It's a Keeper Thursday, What's Cooking Thursdays, Full Plate Thursday


Miz Helen said...

I just love your soup recipe. I use my pressure cooker all the time and wonder how some people get along without one. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous week.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

موسوعة الطبخ said...

very nice
thank you so much
have nice day =)

Kristine Abat said...

I am glad I stumbled across this blog; I think this is what I need! I have run out of ideas what food to prepare for my toddler and glad I saw this, will give it a try!

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