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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hobo Soup in the Power Pressure Cooker XL

Here is a soup that is quick, easy, delicious and hearty!  This is the perfect fall soup to get on the table fast especially when you are using your pressure cooker!  Today I am sharing this delicious hamburger and macaroni soup that is chock full of veggies and a rich broth and hamburger that I happened to get on markdown from over $12 to under $3 for a pound of 90% lean burger meat!  Thinking outside the box a little I decided to make this delicious soup.

I am also testing and sharing my opinion with you all about the ever popular Power Pressure Cooker XL.  I have to say, I have seen this all over the TV, the internet and on home shopping television.  You may not know this, but I happen to love the infomercial.  If it is all about a kitchen item I am even more interested.  I want to know if these things actually do everything they say they do or if they fall short.  I can assure you that after trying out this particular machine, it lives up to all the talk!

I browned off the hamburger right in the PC on the chicken and meat setting.  Then I added in all of my veggies, broth and macaroni.  Gave everything a stir and popped the lid on making sure the valve was set to pressure.  I reset the machine to soup and stew and cooked for the default time of ten minutes.  I did a quick release so that the macaroni didn't over cook and I have to tell you this turned out perfect!

I think the next time I make this I will toss in a can of kidney or pinto beans for a great addition to this already hearty soup.  You could also add in cubed potatoes, too if you like.  This really reminded me of a bit of minestroni soup.  You can do what you like!  It's going to be great!

The Power Pressure Cooker XL arrived at my home a little over a month ago and I have cooked in it several times.  Many of the things I have shared with you in the past, pork tenderloin, soup, stew, meatballs, rice, hard cooked eggs, and more.  I have had a great experience with this and I really love this six quart size because the other PC I have, while I LOVE it, it is really large at 10 quarts and when I want to make a small batch of rice or wheat berries, a smaller unit is perfect.  This is super easy and user friendly.  I did not worry about that ever feared explosion that many people think of when they use a pressure cooker.  This is virtually fool proof.  I really believe that every busy home cook should have one of these appliances in their arsenal to make life just a little easier!

I would like to thank the good people at Tristar Products and Fusion Home Brands for sending this machine to me to use, test and review!  If you are interested in learning more you can find that on their website!  http://bit.ly/2cWRiNM

You can also find the Power Pressure Cooker XL on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2cS1lHn

I hope you will give this simple but delicious hamburger and macaroni soup a try and I hope you love it!

Get a printable version of this recipe on my website here:

You can see how I made this in my YouTube Video:

Noreen's Kitchen
 Pressure Cooker
Hamburger Macaroni Soup


1 pound ground beef
4 cups beef stock
1, 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cups sliced Cremini mushrooms
2 cups mixed frozen vegetable blend
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 cups elbow macaroni

Step by Step Instructions

NOTE:  I used a Power Pressure Cooker XL, 6 quart, electric pressure cooker to make this recipe in my video.  The settings described are for that make and model of appliance.  If you have a different brand of electric pressure cooker you will want to refer to the manufacturer’s instruction manual to determine settings and cooking times best suited for your particular machine. 

Pre heat the pressure cooker by selecting the “chicken and meat” button and allowing the vessel to come up to temperature for about 5 minutes.

Brown the ground beef until there is no pink left and no water remains in the bottom of the cooking vessel. 

Add in the rest of the ingredients and give everything a good stir.

Place the lid on the pressure cooker being sure that the release valve is set the pressure setting. 

Clear the display by hitting the Warm/Cancel button and select the soups and stews button.  The default time for this selection will be 10 minutes.  At this amount of time the macaroni will be very soft but not mushy.  If you like your macaroni a bit more “aldente” then you should adjust the cooking time to 6 or 8 minutes.

When the pressure cooker beeps and the cooking time has expired, you will want to quick release the pressure.  This will ensure you do not over cook the macaroni.  Do this by turning the pressure valve from pressure to steam release.  I like to place a towel over the steam to avoid a bunch of condensation on my cabinets. 

When all the steam has released and the pressure has come down, only then will the lid unlock.  Open up the pressure cooker and give your soup as stir.  You may want to let this sit for 10 minutes because it is volcano hot!  

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