Best Soup Recipes

Who doesn’t love soup? Whether it’s filling and warming or a lighter, refreshing version served with crusty bread, soup is one of the most versatile, cost effective and flexible meals.

If you are watching your diet or simply want to make sure that you are eating healthily, making your own soup is an easy option with a soup maker. You can ensure that salt and fat levels are regulated and it’s a simple way to help you achieve your 5 a day. A soup maker also takes up less space than a separate pan and blender, creates less washing up and removes the need to constantly watch and stir.

Here we look at some family favourites which are both easy and healthy.

Tomato Soup

This classic is a firm favourite in most families and surprisingly easy to make. This recipe includes lots of vegetables too.
Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 4 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 medium carrots
  • Chopped herbs to taste, e.g. 6 basil leaves, a few sprigs of parsley or parsley or 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 800ml vegetable stock

Instructions

  1. Peel the carrot, potato and onion and chop into small/medium chunks
  2. Chop the tomatoes
  3. Add everything except the herbs to the soup maker and stir. Make sure the level is between the ‘max’ and ‘min’ line and adjust the liquid up or down if needed
  4. Put on the lid and start your soup maker, choosing the smooth setting
  5. Once the program is complete add the herbs and blend for 20-30 seconds
  6. Put into bowls and garnish with additional herbs, some freshly ground black pepper or a spoonful of crème fraiche to serve

Leek and Potato Soup

Nourishing, warming and delicious. There is a reason this soup remains one of the nation’s favourites.
Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 2-3 medium potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables by peeling and chopping the potatoes and onion, peeling and crushing the garlic and trimming and slicing the leeks
  2. Add the oil to your soup maker if it has a sauté function, or complete this step in a saucepan on the hob, adding the garlic, leeks and onion and frying gently until they have started to soften
  3. If using a saucepan, add the garlic, leeks and onion to your soup maker
  4. Add the potatoes and stock to the soup maker, ensuring that you are between the ‘max’ and ‘min’ levels, adjusting the liquid levels if necessary
  5. Stir everything, put on the lid and start your soup maker using the smooth setting
  6. Once the program is complete, transfer to bowls and garnish with some black pepper or chopped chives

Carrot and Coriander Soup

One of the most popular soups, this is also a good low fat option. If you are not watching the calories, stir in some cream, crème fraiche or Greek yoghurt at the end to add a touch of luxury.
Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 850g carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the carrots and onion
  2. Using either the sauté function on your soup maker or a saucepan, gently fry the carrots and onion until they start to soften
  3. Add all the ingredients except the fresh coriander to your soup maker, put on the lid and start it on the smooth setting
  4. Once the program has finished add the fresh coriander and stir or blend for 20-30 seconds if you prefer a smooth soup
  5. Add the cream, crème fraiche or yoghurt if using and stir
  6. Transfer to bowls and garnish with a couple of fresh coriander leaves

Chicken Soup

Comforting, filling and so tasty. What could be nicer than a bowl of hot chicken soup?
Ingredients

  • 200-250g cooked chicken, (leftovers from a roast chicken are ideal but boiled or poached works well too)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the onion and potato, and peel and crush the garlic
  2. Shred the chicken
  3. Add all the ingredients to your soup maker, adjusting the liquid if necessary, to ensure that you are between the ‘max’ and ‘min’ levels
  4. Put on the lid and start the soup maker on the smooth setting
  5. Once the program is complete, if you would like a creamier soup stir in 1-2 tablespoons of cream, crème fraiche or Greek yoghurt
  6. Transfer to bowls and enjoy

Italian Style Vegetable Soup

Utilising store cupboard staples and with the addition of pasta, this is truly a main course soup everyone will love.
Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots and onions
  • 3-4 sticks of celery
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 3 courgettes
  • 1 can butter beans or cannellini beans
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 150g small pasta shapes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the onions, carrots and celery by peeling, trimming and chopping
  2. Using either the sauté function on your soup maker or a saucepan, gently fry the carrots, celery and onion until they start to soften
  3. Add all the ingredients to your soup maker, adjusting the liquid if necessary, to ensure that you are between the ‘max’ and ‘min’ levels
  4. Put on the lid and start the soup maker on the chunky setting
  5. Once the program is complete, transfer to bowls and serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices

All these recipes can be adapted to suit your individual tastes and to use up what you have in the cupboard and fridge. Soup is a cost-effective way to feed the family. Using seasonal vegetables at their best will further add to the flavour and help the budget.

Preparing a meal using a soup maker is quick and easy, allowing you time to get on with other things once the initial preparation is complete. Experiment by using different seasonings and vegetables to produce more delicious and unique meals everyone will love.

Once you start using a soup maker you will never look back.

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