Updated: Mar 26
There's nothing better than a delicious, healthy bowl of homemade soup for lunch. So many of us don't bother making our own soups these days, preferring the convenience of a shop bought tin. I know I used to, it's all too easy to pull that ring back, but that was before I knew anything about a soup kettle and just how easy they are to use...
Just over three years ago one of my local supermarkets ran a special offer on a Morphy Richards soup kettle. Not being one to resist a bargain, I bought one. Part of me thought it was just a gimmick and I'd never really use it, but how wrong could I be! I absolutely love it, it's one of the best kitchen appliances I've ever bought. I loved it so much I bought my mum and my mother-in-law one each for Christmas too!
Three years on and we still regularly use our soup kettle. I say 'we' as my hubby loves using it too - it's one of the few kitchen appliances he uses!
I wanted to share this with you as it really is super quick and easy to make your own homemade soups. You literally throw everything in the kettle, top it up with liquid and turn it on. Delicious soups every time 😋
The soup kettle is a jug-style soup maker and is fabulous for using up leftovers from the fridge and bags of frozen vegetables you've had at the back of the freezer for ages. Go take a rummage through your freezer and see what frozen bags of vegetables you've already got and use them up in your soup kettle.
You can set the soup maker to chunky or smooth, you simply press the 'chunky' or 'smooth' button before pressing 'start'. It just doesn't get any easier! 🍲
Here's a great idea for using up that packet of frozen mixed vegetables... it really doesn't matter what veg you use, whatever you have in the freezer.
Soup Maker Vegetable Soup Recipe
Serves 2 - 4
500 g frozen vegetables (anything you have!)
6 tomatoes (or half a tin of chopped tomatoes)
800 ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
Salt and freshly milled black pepper to taste
2 tbsp Creme fraiche (optional)
Crusty bread, to serve
Defrost the vegetables. If pieces are large, cut into smaller pieces.
Chop the tomatoes (if using).
Place all ingredients into the soup kettle. (The level of total ingredients must be above the minimum mark and below the maximum).
Put the lid on, select the chunky function and leave to cook.
When ready you can leave your soup 'chunky' or select the 'blend' mode and blend your soup to your preferred consistency.
Season to taste if necessary.
If desired, add a little creme fraiche when cooked and 'blend' for a few seconds to stir through.
Ladle the piping hot soup into bowls and serve immediately.
If there's any left you can freeze for another day 👍
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