ceci minestrone

Now’s the time to use up those packets of dried beans, stacks of rain-day tuna, archives of pasta and random pieces of frozen stuff in the back of the freezer and veggie drawer.  These recipes will empty your stores giving you the space to spring clean, and refresh your supplies.

Random veggies from the drawer or freezer. Chop them up, and throw them in the pressure cooker with this recipe. You can leave out the carrots and celery (if you don’t already have them) and the onion, too – replace it with a teaspoon of garlic powder!

Minestrone Pasta and Chickpeas
Pasta & Chickpea Minestrone Pressure Cooker Recipe (click image)

Pre-cooked meat. Use it as a base to your own personalized split-pea soup – chicken, pork, even beef will work well here. Leave out the bacon, and saute’ the meat instead.  Leave it in to pressure cook with the split peas.

Creamy Split Bean and Bacon Pressure Cooker Soup (click image)

Un-cooked any kind of meat and scraps & unidentifiable leftovers. Toss it all in the pressure cooker, cover with water and pressure cook the $%&£ out of it.  Then strain and use your surprise stock as a base to a delicious risotto or soup! Tell us what you think the mystery left-over was in the comments.

Pressure Cooker Bone Broth (click image)


Any kind of canned fish. Use like the tuna in this recipe, half in with the pasta, half mixed in before serving.  Enjoy your super-fast one pot meal!

Pressure Cooker Pasta with Tuna and Capers


Pickled this and that. Half-bake some potatoes in the pressure cooker, and serve with yogurt or sour cream and finish up those jars of pickled peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts – whatever.

Pressure Cooker Short-Cut Potato
Pressure Cooker Half-Baked Potato (click on image)

Did I forget anything?  What recipes do you use to clean out your pantry, freezer, and fridge?  Share them in the comments, below!


  1. Hide last summer’s frozen kale (which looks pretty dreadful now) in any kind of soup. Chopped small everyone will think it is parsley!

    1. Niiiice, Jan!!!



  2. Took all bits and pieces of vegetables from wherever even the odd Fresh bits and pieces added a small onion because there were no onion pieces and pressure cooked it on high for 25 or so minutes get the immersion blender to finish the job
    Frozen in packets to use as a soup base really tasty is it even add a few spices when cooking but I didn’t do that at the time ,next time maybe

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