Since this was my first time using the Fagor Lux Multi-Cooker (Instant Pot is a brand name...read Joan’s post about this) I looked for an easy recipe that asked for ingredients I had on hand. This Easy Lentil & Sausage Soup (from mylifecookbook.com) fit the bill. I made a few adjustments in ingredients but followed the directions carefully as this was my inaugural “instant pot” experience and I didn’t want to screw it up 🙂 The result was a delicious, hearty and satisfying (and HEALTHY) soup and took about 45 minutes to make. As you can see in the photo below, none of the vegetables or the lentils got mushy or colorless (or tasteless) as I was afraid they might.
My take: The Fagor cooker is easy to use and comes with clear instructions. It functions as a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker and yogurt maker. I like the saute program so you can actually brown things. I already own a Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker, a big slow cooker and a LeCreuset French oven and this multi-cooker certainly won’t replace them but it is a convenient way to have all 3 in one versatile package. I’m guessing people with a small kitchen or not much storage might want to opt for this all-in-one Fagor.
Easy Lentil & Sausage Soup (Instant Pot)
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 onion roughly chopped
- 1 large stalk of celery roughly chopped
- 1 large carrot roughly chopped
- 5 large mushrooms chopped (I didn’t have mushrooms on hand)
- 4 cups beef broth or stock (I used chicken broth)
- 1/2 lb Italian sausage casings removed (I used sweet Italian chicken sausage with kale)
- 1 cup lentils green or brown (I used green French lentils)
- 1 teaspoon garlic crushed (I used more :))
- 15 oz can of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted diced tomatoes)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup spinach (I used baby kale leaves)
Press SAUTE button on the Instant Pot and get nice and hot.
Add the oil and then the onion, carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes.
Add the sausage and brown for about 5 minutes.
Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir. (Yep…you put the dried lentils right in the pot!)
Put on the lid and turn the lever on the top to PRESSURE COOK
Press the PRESSURE COOK button and set the timer for 25 minutes and START
When time is up, use quick release (watch out for escaping steam) or let the pressure come down naturally.