Pressure Cooker Italian Chicken Soup
This recipe was given to me by my mom, but I've also tweaked it. I can't guarantee that it isn't from a cookbook somewhere--mom can't remember where it came from--but it's an old family favorite and a great soup for a fall day. Made in a pressure cooker, it takes approximately 20 minutes for a full, hearty meal. This soup also freezes beautifully.
Servings per recipe: 8
Calories per serving: 245
Preparation time: 25m
Total cooking time: 50m
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 1 cup green lentils
- 1 bone-in chicken breast half, skin removed
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
- 1 (16 ounce) bag fresh spinach leaves, chopped
- 1 cup mild salsa
- 1 heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Add sausage meat, and cook until browned, breaking it into crumbles. Remove sausage to a plate and drain oil. Add another 1 teaspoon of olive oil to pressure cooker; cook onion and garlic until onion is transparent. Add barley and stir 1 minute. Return sausage to pressure cooker. Add lentils, chicken, parsley, and chicken stock to cooker, adding enough stock to completely cover chicken. Close cover securely; place pressure regulator on vent pipe. Bring pressure cooker to full pressure over high heat (this may take 15 minutes). Reduce heat to medium high; cook for 9 minutes. Pressure regulator should maintain a slow steady rocking motion; adjust heat if necessary.
- 2 Remove pressure cooker from heat; use quick-release following manufacturer's instructions or allow pressure to drop on its own. Open cooker and remove chicken; shred meat and return to soup. Add garbanzo beans, spinach and salsa; stir to blend and heat through before serving.