The pressure cooker has always been slightly allusive to me.
It certainly doesn't help that on every competitive cooking show ever, someone always needs to braise something, but only has three minutes and sixteen seconds to do so, so they turn to the pressure cooker, only to ultimately have the lock mechanism malfunction or something ridiculous, and they spend the latter half of their menial time freaking out that their short ribs will never see the light of day or that their face will be melted off by the pressure when they finally rip the thing open.
But after purchasing one on Groupon Goods months upon months ago, I decided to solicit Courtney, my resident foodie friend, what the hell to do with it.
Court has a go-to recipe when she doesn't feel much like cooking that involves limited ingredients and even less preparation: Italian sausage with tomato sauce. Something so simple, she texted me what to do in three SMS messages. Add some fresh pasta or a few sub rolls and you have a thirty minute meal that tastes like it took hours to put together. In honor of this meal, and the fact that I rarely have much time at night to dedicate to a feast, I introduce Minute Mondays. On the worst day of each week, I'll try to share something simple you can make with limited ingredients, effort, time, or (like this) all of the above. In handy dandy photo format!