If you watch the video you will see that I use a pressure cooker for this recipe. Pressure cookers are great time savers and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to make fast tasty meals particularly over winter! If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can use a large pot on the stove.
Add all the ingredients in the order above to the pressure cooker/large pot including the option items if chosen. If cooking on the stove you may wish to add another cup or so of water to allow for evaporation.
Stir up the ingredients and then set the pressure cook time for 12 minutes. If cooking on the stove, bring all the ingredients to the boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer for about 45 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
Release the pressure cooker steam, then open and serve!
I like to serve this meal with a crusty fresh bread, and a few fresh basil leaves over the top of the soup.