Thursday, 31 January 2013 - , , 31 comments

USEFUL STUFF : Morphy Richards Soup Maker


I was given this Morphy Richards soup maker for Christmas as a gift from my parents. I have to say, at first, I was a little sceptical...soup is so easy to make in a pan, why would I need this device?
Well, after 1 month of using it (almost every day!) I am totally hooked.

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Those of us on a low fat eating plan know that soups are a great filler, especially for our tricky, nibbly times of day....so I always have a pot of something on the go. One of the things I have found, is that I tend to make enormous vats of homemade soups, which I get bored with after a couple of days. So, this is ideal as it makes 4 generous bowlfuls, then I'm onto the next batch! My regular pan also takes up a large space on my hob...and this uses a small section of my work top and is out of the way of other cooking activities.

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So...the soup maker consists of two pieces; a large 'kettle' shaped base and a motor/blender section.


I just pop a variety of vegetables into it along with any seasoning of my choice.
Fill it with water up to the maximum level. This makes 4 generous bowls of soup.


The soup maker has two main settings- smooth and chunky, so you can set these as pre-set options. If you're not sure how you want your finished soup, you can leave it chunky, then blend to your required consistency afterwards.
One of the main surprises I had is the speed at which the soup cooks, especially if you are making a smooth, blended soup.
I can make a finished batch of my Magical Mushroom Soup (Click HERE for recipe) in 20 minutes. The best thing is that I don't have to use my hand blender to blitz the soup after cooking (less washing up!). I can pop the machine on, take the dog for a quick walk around the block, and in 20 minutes I have piping hot (crazily hot!), blended soup. I just have to chop the veggies smaller than I normally would, to save space in the machine.
It's also fab for me because my husband works from home two days a week, and he doesn't cook. So, if I'm going out I can pop a batch on for him and I know he will eat a wholesome, heart-healthy lunch even when I'm not around.


Here are some of the soups I've made in recent weeks using my machine.
The only drawback I have experienced is that you can't reheat your finished soup in the machine so, unless you eat it immediately, you do have to transfer to a pan or microwaveable container for reheating. It's not a big deal, but worth a mention and would be a great feature in future models please Morphy Richards!

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It is hassle-free to clean-
a big plus in my book!
The soup maker retails at around £50, so is quite a major purchase or very generous gift..but well worth considering if you make soup most days, like me.

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The machine can also be used for cold fruit smoothies...so I'll be trying that feature when the weather warms up!

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Super Souper.

31 comments:

Helen Greenwood 12 February 2013 at 09:03

Hi! I found your blog via the Weight Watchers forum and I am happily browsing through all your yummy recipes.

I love the sound of the soup maker, but I've seen a few reviews on Amazon saying that there are only two timer settings, and that you can't open the soup maker to add seasoning/more water once it's started up. Is that true?

Janey 12 February 2013 at 09:12

There are 2 timer settings- one for smooth pureed soups and one for chunky....but then there is a 'blend' one so you can blitz it to the consistency you want if you are not sure when you start. There's also a setting for juices and smoothies. You can stop the machine, but it would start the programme again from the beginning when you restart. If it's very hot when you stop it, you would have to wait for it to cool down a bit before restarting. I season my soup before, then test and 'season up' once it's finished. Can't see that it would be a problem. Hope this helps! x

Leo35 22 October 2013 at 14:00

I think I shall have to treat myself to one of these 'soup makers'. I love the idea of veggies, seasoning & water and the machine does the rest. I usually 'sweat' the ingredients - takes time and my presence! Excellent Janey!

Janey 22 October 2013 at 15:29

Yes it's great as long as you are happy with small quantities ( about 4 bowlfuls) Leo35 xx

Lorraine 30 October 2013 at 17:57

My soup maker arrives tomorrow :)
I like to add red lentils to my soups, can they be used in the soup maker?
Thanks

Janey 30 October 2013 at 18:17

Hi Lorraine-I've just checked in the manual. They have a recipe for Lamb & Lentil Broth and suggest using tinned lentils so the answer is yes! Enjoy yours, I'm sure you will :)

sueb2 18 November 2013 at 17:54

brilliant machine.. I have bought one today and as soon as it was out of the box I was using it... I used a packed of fresh stir fry veg with stock cube and a couple of slices of left over corned beef thrown in for a meaty flavour... absolutely delicious. I can see it being used every day now..

Janey 18 November 2013 at 19:43

Sounds great Sue! And I'm sure you will use it all the time! Enjoy! x

Vicki HERRIOTT 12 December 2013 at 02:10

Hi, we love our soup maker ! My favourite is sweet potato and butternut squash, chop into smallish chunks, add a veg stock cube and fill up to 1.3 litres with water, season with dried chives,black pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper, set on smooth, then when finished add a dash of cream and blend for 20 seconds, Just Lovely! I could live on this lol xx

Sara 2 February 2014 at 13:26

I have the same machine. I've always liked to make soup and its not that hard, but like you I'm amazed at how much I love this machine.
I now make soup at least twice a week and also make batches up specifically to portion up and freeze to take to work etc.
It's great

Garden Hermit 12 September 2014 at 20:54

Hi Janey, I thought I'd post just to show that older posts still get attention and help a lot. I've just found your blog and I am on (my first) major crusade to loose weight (better late then never at 55). So - lots of your blogs still to view and recipes to try. I think the soup maker is great and my wife and I are off to look for one tomorrow. Best Wishes

Janey 13 September 2014 at 09:39

Hi Garden Hermit! That's great! Thanks for your lovely words and good luck on your weight loss quest and with the soup maker! Xx

Aunty T 13 October 2014 at 10:02

I love my machine too. I use it to cook pre-soaked lentils and chick peas (on the chunky soup setting). It works a treat!

Kelly yaxley 6 November 2014 at 20:29

Best kitchen gadget I have ever bought use mine every week

Barbara Musgrove 10 December 2014 at 19:28

Can anyone tell me if butternut squash has to be peeled first please?

Janey 10 December 2014 at 19:30

Hi Barbara - definitely peel butternut squash for soup but you can leave it on if roasting- just wash well first x

Gordon 29 December 2014 at 00:36

Ive tried making chilli tomato and basil soup but keeps over heating and cuts out .... Even after a good clean (Big Bonus) and cooling down period of 2-3 hrs it still trips out and burns the bottom of the unit .... Any ideas please,

Janey 29 December 2014 at 07:24

Hi Gordon- I'd contact their customer service team- sounds like yours may be faulty? X

Gordon 2 January 2015 at 12:13

Thank you, Happy New Year xx

Angela Bracken 11 January 2015 at 11:34

Hi all, I got my soup maker yesterday..unsure as to the quanyity of veg I can add....is it up to the water max level too?

Janey 11 January 2015 at 13:36

Hi Angela . The total volume of veg and water should come up to the fill line. If you overfill, the machine will cut out x

nette 20 January 2015 at 18:56

Can I add cooked chicken and mushrooms to my machine and would I need to add water or chick stock?

Janey 20 January 2015 at 20:18

Hi Nette, I just checked the manufacturers handbook and- yes you can add cooked chicken, never any raw meats . I would personally add stock rather than plain waster to get the flavour into your soup . Mushrooms will be fine too! X

Lynne Mccarron 17 February 2015 at 15:01

Just got my soup maker today and been googling for recipes to try. Yours look great and i cant wait to try them. Great wee site have now bookmarked.xx

Jeba Sheela 25 September 2015 at 11:42

Nice machine for making soup, thanks for sharing.

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lisa bradbury 2 February 2016 at 19:48

Hi i have a soup maker i used it twice and then it cut out with one line floating up on the led screen. The soup was hot but not mixed or smoothed. It cut out after 5 minutes of use.

Ann C 11 April 2016 at 11:03

Hi Janey, I love you site. I also have the Morphy Richards soup maker, I have been using it every other day for the last 18 months or so, it's fantastic. I am going to try some of your recipes for a change. I wouldn't like to be without it now it's so easy.

Unknown 2 May 2016 at 15:35

Can you use frozen veg in soup machine

Michelle 7 December 2016 at 20:54

Michelle. I am loving this machine ,a and bought 3 more for friends Christmas presents . Thanks for the blog.

Michelle 7 December 2016 at 20:54

Michelle. I am loving this machine ,a and bought 3 more for friends Christmas presents . Thanks for the blog.

Michelle 7 December 2016 at 20:54

Michelle. I am loving this machine ,a and bought 3 more for friends Christmas presents . Thanks for the blog.

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