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Healthy, Homemade Soups Made Easy: Review of Cuisinart's Soup Maker & Blender

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Kathy is a busy mom of two teens who loves to cook tasty and simple food for her family and friends.

Homemade soups are a wonderful way to eat healthier and increase the nutrition in your diet. I've always enjoyed eating soup made from scratch but have often felt it was too much work to make my own.

In particular, I love creamy soups but have rarely made them. I just found the whole process a little intimidating and hated cleaning up the pots and pans and hand blender afterward.

However, that all changed when I discovered the Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup & Beverage Maker. Since bringing this product home, I have made many wholesome and delicious homemade soups, including broccoli and potato, vegetable, cauliflower, carrot, and butternut squash soup. Believe it or not, I've made all of those soups in the last month alone!

The Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup & Beverage Maker is my new best friend in the kitchen!

The Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup & Beverage Maker is my new best friend in the kitchen!

Competing in the Cuisinart Soup Challenge

I attended a blogger conference earlier this year, called Blissdom Canada. As part of the conference, bloggers were able to choose from a variety of excursions to attend on the final day of the conference. I was lucky enough to get in to the Ultimate Foodie Excursion, hosted by Lucy Waverman. After having a wonderful breakfast at Caplinsky's Deli in Toronto and a guided tour of Kensington Market, we proceeded to Longo's Food Market at Maple Leaf Square to compete in a soup-making challenge sponsored by Cuisinart.

We were divided into five teams of three, and given 15 minutes and $20 to shop for ingredients to make a soup in the Cuisinart Blend & Cook Soup Maker and Blender. Our soups would then be judged by a team of three judges: a representative from Cuisinart, Lucy Waverman and her mom, well-known food writer and editor Lucy Waverman.

Having never used the appliance before, and not having time to read the instruction book prior to starting out on the challenge, we were all a little nervous about how our soups would turn out. We were told that we would add our ingredients into the blender, cook them and then blend them into a creamy soup. I'm not sure how long we had for the challenge, but I believe it was all completed within an hour, including the time required to chop the vegetables.

My team decided to make a soup with the following ingredients: organic carrots, parsnips, pear, fresh ginger, onions, garlic, organic chicken stock, sea salt, and pepper. We added a bit of sour cream right at the end to make it thick and creamy. At one point we were worried our vegetables would not cook fast enough, but the soup turned out delicious in the end. Actually, all of the soups did. They all used very different ingredients, but every one turned out very fresh tasting and flavourful.

After the judges deliberated for a while after tasting the soups, our team was thrilled to have tied for first place. We were all even more excited when we found out our prize was our very own Cuisinart Soup Maker & Beverage Makers! Having experienced first hand how easy and fun it was to make delicious soup from scratch with this blender, I couldn't wait to bring mine home.

Making Our Soup for the Challenge

Photos from the Blissdom Canada Cuisinart Soup Challenge. Our team made a Carrot Parsnip Pear Ginger Soup.

Photos from the Blissdom Canada Cuisinart Soup Challenge. Our team made a Carrot Parsnip Pear Ginger Soup.

Some of the delicious soups made during the Cuisinart Soup Challenge, ready for the judges.

Some of the delicious soups made during the Cuisinart Soup Challenge, ready for the judges.

Recipes for the Cuisinart Cook and Blend Soup Maker

The Cuisinart Soup & Beverage Maker comes with a useful recipe booklet. It contains recipe tips and a variety of recipes to get you started using your new kitchen appliance. While so far I have primarily used mine to make soups, you can make a lot of other types of foods with this handy device.

One of the recipes included in the booklet is a recipe for Light Broccoli and Potato Soup. This was one of the first recipes I tried when I brought the soup maker home, and I was very pleased with the results. It resulted in a creamy soup, without using any cream or milk products.

I made the recipe almost exactly as written, however, I adjusted the quantity of broccoli and potato to what I had on hand. I also omitted the 2 tablespoons of sherry that was called for in the original recipe, since I didn't have any.

The recipe booklet that comes with the Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup & Beverage Maker contains lots of healthy and delicious recipes.

The recipe booklet that comes with the Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup & Beverage Maker contains lots of healthy and delicious recipes.

Making Light Broccoli and Potato Soup

Making healthy broccoli and potato soup in the soup maker.

Making healthy broccoli and potato soup in the soup maker.

Ingredients for Light Broccoli and Potato Soup

  • 2 cups (500 ml) vegetable broth (you could also use chicken broth)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) freshly ground black pepper
  • 3–4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) lemon zest
  • 2 ounces (60 g) Cheddar, shredded

Instructions

  1. Put the broth, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, potatoes and broccoli into the blender jar. Cover and set timer for 10 minutes and temperature on High.
  2. Once the mixture comes to a boil, or the time expires, stir to mix for about 15 seconds. Set timer for 30 minutes and temperature on Medium, stirring occasionally during the cooking process.
  3. Once time expires, add lemon zest and Cheddar, and blend on speed 1, gradually raising to speed 3 for 3 minutes, or until completely smooth.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Optional: Garnish with additional grated cheddar cheese. Makes about 4 cups (1 L).
Fresh carrots from the local farmer's market.

Fresh carrots from the local farmer's market.

Carrot soup - nutritious and delicious!

Carrot soup - nutritious and delicious!

Much More than a Soup Maker

The recipes included in the booklet are:

Drinks:

  • Fresh Fruit Smoothie
  • Classic Frozen Margarita
  • Frozen Mudslide
  • Chai
  • Hot Chocolate

Breakfast and Brunch:

  • Apple Filling for Crepes
  • Crepe Batter
  • Blueberry Sauce
  • Warm Peach Compote

Starters:

  • Roasted Vegetable Spread

Soups:

  • Chilled Borscht
  • Carrot and Ginger Soup
  • Lentil Soup
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • Tomato Soup
  • Light Broccoli and Potato Soup
  • Curried Coconut and Butternut Squash Soup
  • Spinach Dal

Dressings and Sauces:

  • Basic Vinaigrette
  • Walnut Parsley Pesto
  • Light Marinara Sauce
  • Romesco Sauce

Desserts:

  • Chocolate Banana Creme Brûlée
  • Cinnamon-Maple Applesauce
  • Mascarpone-Honey Pana Cotta
  • Creme Anglaise
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse


I haven't tried any of the dessert recipes yet, but I think I will have to try the Chocolate Banana Creme Brûlée recipe soon!

What I Like About the Cuisinart Soup Maker

There's a lot of things that I love about this product. While the blender itself is very powerful, the main appeal to me is the ability to cook and blend ingredients all in one container. The soup maker has been a very welcome addition to my kitchen and has inspired me to make homemade soups much more often. I've also used it to make marinara sauce and vegetable purees to sneak into other foods.

Pros:

  • Fast and simple way to make healthy homemade soups and sauces.
  • Since everything is cooked and blended in the blender, cleanup is a breeze.
  • The blender is very powerful and versatile. You can use it to chop ice or nuts, make iced drinks and smoothies, cook soups, make sauces and desserts and more.
  • The blender is easy to clean.
  • The recipes in the recipe book are healthy and easy to make.
  • Large size allows you to make big batches of soup.
  • It works well with batch cooking and making meals for the freezer.
  • If you want to make soup for an appetizer for a dinner party or family meal, you don't need to use valuable space on your stove to cook it.
  • You can keep soup warm in the blender until you're ready to serve it.
The Cuisinart Soup Maker is a welcome addition to my kitchen.

The Cuisinart Soup Maker is a welcome addition to my kitchen.

What I Don't Like

So far, I don't really have many complaints about this product. The only things I think I should point out are the size and a note about the timer.

Cons:

  • The timer can only be set for up to 30 minutes at a time. When time runs out, the machine automatically shuts off. Sometimes soups need to cook longer than 30 minutes, so you need to be paying attention and remember to add the additional time, or you'll discover that your soup has stopped cooking. Being able to program it for longer than 30 minutes would be handy.
  • This blender is quite large, so you may have trouble finding space to store it in your kitchen cupboards.

Soup Poll

Conclusion

Overall, I'm definitely pleased with the Cuisinart Blend & Cook Soup and Beverage Maker. I'm sure I will continue to use it to make healthy vegetable soups, and I plan to try some of the other recipes included in the recipe booklet. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone wanting an easy way to make homemade creamy soups.

My Overall Impression

Cuisinart Soup Maker Poll

© 2012 Kathy Sima

Comments

Marsha Shapland on April 25, 2019:

I lost my Directions and Recipe Book. Do you know where I could get another?

Pharme203 on June 21, 2014:

Very nice site!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 05, 2013:

Thanks very much Pinkchic18. I appreciate the feedback.

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on February 04, 2013:

Why hadn't I thought of this before? Nice hub!!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 04, 2013:

I think this blender does make it a lot easier to make homemade soup. I used to rarely make my own pureed soups, but find myself making them frequently now for lunch and dinners.

Karen Shiley from Washington on February 04, 2013:

Making homemade soup sound like a lot of work but maybe this product would make it a lot easier.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 29, 2012:

Honestly, the more I use it the more I love it. I used it to make soup out of leftover carrots for lunch the other day, and it was unbelievably good. I'm having fun experimenting with all kinds of homemade soups.

Jean-ette on December 29, 2012:

Thanks for this information. One thing I want to do this winter is make homemade soups. Did not know there was a soup maker to make the job easier. Very tempted to buy one of these!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 02, 2012:

I don't really have much storage space in my kitchen either Glimmer Twin Fan. So far, I've been using it enough that it's earned a spot on my kitchen counter. Hopefully it will continue to earn that position, and won't be relegated to being stored in the garage, where I'd be inclined to forget about it.

I'm sure you could make a similar version of the Broccoli and Potato soup on the stove or in a slow cooker and then blend it up with a hand blender. It would result in a bit more work and dishes to wash, but I'm sure it would still taste great. :)

Claudia Mitchell on December 01, 2012:

Now I am hungry for that light potato and broccoli soup. This appliance looks great, unfortunately I have no more space in my kitchen for it. I am intrigued by all of these different appliances I have seen being reviewed, especially this one.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 27, 2012:

Thanks Bill. I had never heard of them either, and doubt I would ever have considered buying one. I was very lucky to win one. They are definitely not cheap, so buying one on sale is a very good idea!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 27, 2012:

Thanks Bill. I had never heard of them either, and doubt I would ever have considered buying one. I was very lucky to win one. They are definitely not cheap, so buying one on sale is a very good idea!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 27, 2012:

To say the least, these are interesting. I've never heard of them, but I might consider getting one on sale. Cool information!