Despite it being April (Almost May!) there is still a chill in the air, and after a wet and windy dog walk a hot bowl of soup is the perfect way to warm up. Nutritious and healthy, with countless variations, homemade soup can’t be beaten. Stock, a handful of veg and a pinch of spice, the ingredients are cheap and cheerful.
Easier said than done, soup making can be a faff, with easily an hour spent running back and forth only to find the pan has boiled over should your attention have slipped.
With that in mind I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try out Swan’s new soup maker and blender, a handy gadget which promises fresh soup within twenty five minutes.
I had expected the ingredients would at least need to be par-boiled for the soup to be finished in that time, but reading through the instructions I was assured the veg should be added in raw albeit in cm sized pieces.
After a few minutes slicing, I popped an onion and six carrots into the blender jug, alongside 150g of red lentils. No need to even boil a kettle, I topped up the jug to 1.2l mark with cool water and crumbled in the stock cube.
Switching on the soup maker, lights flashed and it got to work, boiling and blitzing ensued until twenty five minutes were up. Still dubious I stirred my soup, inspecting for lumps of uncooked veg, and there were none to be found.
I seasoned my soup, added a little milk, gave it a last blitz and it was good to go. Completely smooth, my creation easily outranked any of my previous efforts, perfectly partnered with a little grated cheese and fresh crusty bread.
Counter space in my kitchen is competitive, and any useless gadgets are swiftly discarded. Fortunately my new soup maker will not share the same fate, and I’m now questioning why I’ve never looked into one before. Easy and quick, I just press a few buttons and the blender does all the work for me.
A multi-tasker, it can be switched to perform as a normal blender, creating juices, smoothies and milkshakes. Perfect for summer as well as the cooler months!
Disclaimer: I was sent this soup maker and asked for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to start a life long love affair with it.