Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
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Another Italian recipe, and I like the use of the kidney beans, and I will prepare those from dry beans in my pressure cooker. I will adjust the prep and cook times after I make this. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
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Another Italian recipe, and I like the use of the kidney beans, and I will prepare those from dry beans in my pressure cooker. I will adjust the prep and cook times after I make this. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the beans, you can certainly use canned beans or make from dry. I will use my pressure cooker for these.
  2. Place the fresh thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf in a a herb bag, or just use some cheesecloth tied with some kitchen twine. Set aside.
  3. In a thick walled pot, heat the oil on medium heat. When hot, add the onion, pancetta, and garlic. Saute until the onion is softened, then add the broth, beans, and herb bag. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove and discard the herb bag.
  4. Remove 1 cup of beans and let cool for about 5 minutes, then mash with a potato masher or place in a blender and puree them. Set aside. These are used to thicken the soup.
  5. Add the dry pasta to the soup and bring to a boil and place the lid on, cook for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Add the mashed beans back to the pot and stir in, season the soup with black pepper to taste, and red pepper flakes if desired. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with grated Parmesan for individuals to sprinkle on their own bowls. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pasta Fazul
Pasta Fazul
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From what I understand, this is a classic Italian dish of cannellini beans, tomatoes, and pasta. Sounds good and on my to cook list for sure. I will use dry beans when I make this so I will add a cook time after I have made this.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Pasta Fazul
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From what I understand, this is a classic Italian dish of cannellini beans, tomatoes, and pasta. Sounds good and on my to cook list for sure. I will use dry beans when I make this so I will add a cook time after I have made this.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the beans, feel free to substitute Great Northern if that is all you have available. How you cook the beans is your preference, use canned or cook using dry beans. I will prepare these from dry using a my pressure cooker. You will need 2 cups cooked beans.
  2. Once you have the cooked beans, heat a pot with the oil and when hot, saute the garlic, onion, carrot, parsley, basil, and oregano until the onions are softened and the carrot is near tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes and 1/4 cup of the retained juice and mix in, season with salt and pepper as desired. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Then add the cooked beans, mix in, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, Stirring often.
  5. While that pot is simmering, heat another pot of salted water, when boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender. Drain pasta well and toss with the butter and cheese.
  6. Add the pasta to the pot with the beans and mix in.
  7. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for topping if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Taco Soup
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, when browned and just cooked through, drain most of the fat off, not all, that is flavor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, simmer for at least 30 minutes, but for a great soup, simmer about an hour with the lid at a slight angle.
  3. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost if making the shortcuts. Spend some time and make the shortcuts, the result is a dish you made, not simply heated from canned items.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn, Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Chili Beans, Tomato Sauce.

Variants: These can be anything, think about how you make a taco, make it your own. 1. Use fried corn in place of canned corn. 2. Use Chili Beans in place of kidney beans. 3. Use roasted, seeded, and diced chilies in place of Rotel.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Beef & Bean Casserole
Beef & Bean Casserole
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This sounds like a really good casserole, quick and easy to make. And as a bonus, a cornbread topping. On my to cook list. The time for prep or cook does not include the time to cook the pinto beans. This is a 3 step process, 1. cook beans, 2. prepare other items on stove top in a pot, 3. bake in the oven. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Beef & Bean Casserole
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This sounds like a really good casserole, quick and easy to make. And as a bonus, a cornbread topping. On my to cook list. The time for prep or cook does not include the time to cook the pinto beans. This is a 3 step process, 1. cook beans, 2. prepare other items on stove top in a pot, 3. bake in the oven. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First order of business, need to get those pinto beans cooked, use what ever method you prefer, stove top, slow cooker, or my preferred way is the pressure cooker. Drain and set the beans aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F).
  3. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic, break up the beef as you cook, when browned and cooked through, drain the fat then add the cooked beans, jalapeno, tomato and tomato sauce, and mix together.
  4. Pour mixture into a heat proof baking dish and spread out evenly. I will guess a 7x11 or 9x13, and I will clarify this when I make it.
  5. Mix together the Jiffy mix, egg, and milk, pour over the meat and bean mixture.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cornbread is lightly browned.
  7. Serve. I would serve this with mashed potatoes or a nice green salad.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Pressure Cooked Pinto Beans, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Rajma – Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the kidney beans and remove and bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Cover the bowl and let that sit for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. After 6 to 8 hours, drain and rinse the beans, just leave in the strainer for now.
  3. In your pressure cooking, without using the lid, heat the oil and butter on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, then add in the ginger, cloves, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Cook for a few minutes then add the tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the drained beans and water to just cover the beans then add 1 more cup of water. Stir in the sugar and salt to to taste.
  5. Place the lid on the pot and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing for 8 minutes and turn the heat down to low or medium low to just maintain the jiggler moving and pressure releasing.
  6. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid.
  7. Serve as a side dish or a main dish over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. For a non-vegetarian, add in sliced sausage at Step 4 (this is what I do). 2. Add a spoon or two of lime juice and mix that in before serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Kidney Bean Salad
Kidney Bean Salad
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Excellent salad if you like kidney beans, after I mixed I taste tested, perfect. When chilled, it is excellent. If one does not like that much cilantro, just cut back on that. To make this vegetarian/vegan simply leave out the cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Kidney Bean Salad
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Excellent salad if you like kidney beans, after I mixed I taste tested, perfect. When chilled, it is excellent. If one does not like that much cilantro, just cut back on that. To make this vegetarian/vegan simply leave out the cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add all the salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, add the dressing ingredients and whisk, taste and adjust as needed.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Place in the fridge for a few hours, serve as a side dish. This can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. (I chose to add the Feta cheese after this is chilled, that is why you do not see it in this.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Add halved cherry tomatoes. 2. Use black beans in place of red kidney beans. 3. For vegetarian or vegan, omit the cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a non stick pan, when melted and hot, add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, and jalapeno pepper (if using) and cook and stir for a few minutes, you are not trying to brown them, just heating them all through, remove from heat and pour it all, butter and all, into your slow cooker, there, you just made a mirepoix 🙂
  2. Drain and rinse the beans, add to the slow cooker, then add diced ham, sliced sausage, bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of Creole seasoning.
  3. Here I added the mirepoix after I added beans, ham, and sausage. The order in which you add it does not matter at all.
  4. Add the stock and 4 cups of water, add more water as needed to make sure everything is covered by the liquid, also take into account the beans will expand some during cooking so do not overfill the slow cooker. Stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and cook for 8 to 10 hours for the consistency of beans you prefer.
  6. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the remaining Creole seasoning, serve over cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

I will say Low cost for now based on 8 servings and using homemade sausage (which I will be doing). I did buy some ham to dice up just for this but forgot the price. I will price this when I get accurate numbers.

Shortcut: Creole Seasoning Mix.

Variants: 1. Use a ham hock in place of the diced ham. 2. Sausage can be Andouille, smoked sausage, kielbasa, or any sausage you prefer. 3. For creamier beans, tilt the lid on the slow cooker for the last 1-2 hours. 3. Use Cajun seasoning instead of Creole, they are nearly the same.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Basic Chili II
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can use canned (drained), make from dry by soaking and simmering, or by soaking and using a pressure cooker. If using dry, use 500 grams dry.
  2. In a large pot, add the minced pork or ground beef and chop up with a spatula and brown. Drain off most, not all of the fat, the fat adds flavoring. Pork is just starting to cook at this point.
  3. Add the beans, these were right out of the pressure cooker and drained.
  4. Add the tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, water, spices and mix. Let chili simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Pork mince is about 85 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 42 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Inspired by a packaged chili mix.

Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)
Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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I use a lot of dry beans as canned is just expensive compared to what you get. 500 grams of dry beans cooked, makes a lot of canned beans for sure. And dry beans are so cheap. And since I recently bought a stove top pressure cooker, I decided to cook my kidney beans in that and this is a guide for me regarding the time needed. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times. I have edited the recipe for cooking with soaked beans and dry beans.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 6-8 hours
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 6-8 hours
Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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I use a lot of dry beans as canned is just expensive compared to what you get. 500 grams of dry beans cooked, makes a lot of canned beans for sure. And dry beans are so cheap. And since I recently bought a stove top pressure cooker, I decided to cook my kidney beans in that and this is a guide for me regarding the time needed. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times. I have edited the recipe for cooking with soaked beans and dry beans.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 6-8 hours
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
For Soaked Beans
  1. Rinse the kidney beans and remove and bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and stir that in. Cover the bowl and let that sit for 6 to 8 hours. (These look a bit wrinkly, as I took the photo about an hour after I put them in the water.)
  2. After 6 to 8 hours, drain and rinse the beans and place in your pressure cooker. Add 9 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, this keeps the beans from foaming so do not skip the oil.
  3. Place the lid on the pot, add the weight, and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing this for 8 minutes, and turn the heat down to just maintain the jiggler moving and releasing pressure.
  4. The time to cook these is 8 minutes. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid, use beans as needed in other recipes.
  5. Drained and ready for use in a recipe. (I will be making a pot of chili with these.)
For Dry Beans
  1. Rinse the dry beans and place in your pressure cooker. Add 12 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, this keeps the beans from foaming so do not skip the oil.
  2. Place the lid on the pot, add the weight, and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing this for 27 minutes, and turn the heat down to just maintain the jiggler moving and releasing pressure.
  3. At 27 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid, taste, drain, and use beans as needed in other recipes.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe / pressure cooker guidelines.

Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the rinsed and sorted beans to your pressure cooker, add the 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, the oil is to prevent the beans from foaming. Depending on your size of pressure cooker, do not fill more than halfway.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and lock closed. Place on high heat until the pressure cooker comes to full pressure, meaning the jiggler is moving and making some noise, this is when you start timing. Turn the heat to low but maintain full pressure. Time the beans for 22 to 27 minutes depending on if like them firm or softer. (I time for 25 minutes.)
  3. While the beans are cooking, heat a non stick skillet and cook the ground beef until cooked through, drain the beef well and set aside. Photo shows the beef cooking while the pressure cooker is working on the beans.
  4. Same pan, heat a splash of oil and cook the onion until starting to turn brown, then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes,
  5. Then add the oregano, cumin, and dried cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  6. I added a variant, I used a handful of Shiitake mushrooms, photo shows before I removed the stems and chopped them.
  7. Saute the chopped mushrooms until starting to brown up. Set aside.
  8. After the time is up on the pressure cooker, turn off the heat and move to another unused burned. Allow the cooker to release pressure normally, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. When the pressure is fully released, open and ladle out 1 cup of liquid, set that liquid aside, drain the beans in a colander and rinse well and return the beans and the 1 cup of liquid from the beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes with liquid, the cooked beef, onion mixture, and mushrooms if using, to the cooker.
  10. Close and lock the pressure cooker lid and bring to high pressure and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  11. When it is safe to open, remove the lid and stir in the spring onion and most, not all, of the fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Return to heat without the cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on each bowl for garnish.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Saute a handful of chopped mushrooms and add to the cooker after adding the beef and onion. 2. Use mushroom stock instead of chicken stock. 3. Replace the cilantro with chopped celery tops or parsley.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew is courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen.