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