Lentil Ham Soup ala Pressure Cooker

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For Christmas I received a pressure cooker, I know, I can’t believe I didn’t already have one – big thanks to my Dad!! This is my first recipe in my new pressure cooker.

Ingredients:
1 TBSP olive oil
1 c each chopped: onion, celery, carrot
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
4 c chicken broth
1 c water
1 lb lentils

3 TBSP tomato paste
1 TBSP balsamic
2 c ham, diced

In a pressure cooker on simmer heat oil, add onions, cook 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery and garlic, cook until soft, 4 minutes. Add herbs, broth, water and lentils. Lock lid, set on high pressure, cook 8 minutes. Release as directed. Add remaining ingredient and cook on simmer for 2 minutes.

Remove bay leaf. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 6.