Experimenting with my new soupmaker


Mmm...enjoy!Hello again,

I am the first to admit that a fair amount of what I earn at QVC goes straight back to the company coffers, given the number of orders I make each month! It's so hard not to be seduced by the many different bargains we offer on air.

One of my favourite purchases recently, which is worth every penny it cost, is my cook's essentials soup maker.

When I first heard about a 'soup maker' my reaction was 'what a waste of money – it's easy to make soup with a saucepan and a blender.'

Butternut squash and chickpea soup. I fry the chopped onion first (optional) then put all the ingredients into the soupmakerBut when Simon Brown, our fantastic kitchen guest, showed how easy it is with this little machine I realised that although I do like to make soup, I don't do it that often because it is a bit of a palaver but this makes it all so easy.

I ordered mine before it sold out, but I'm really pleased that we have it back in stock just in time for Christmas – on the last day to buy for Christmas delivery, in fact.

Tune in on Thursday 20th December in my Kitchen Gifts hour at 9am to see it in action.

Since mine was delivered, I have used it almost every Saturday, for a lunchtime homemade soup with lovely crusty bread from the bakers.

I used a couple of the recipes that come with it at first, but now I love inventing my own combinations – or just using whatever needs eating up.

Ready to attach the top and choose the smooth soup optionIt is the easiest thing to use – simply put roughly chopped vegetables and stock into the soupmaker, attach the top and choose smooth or chunky soup.

Wait for twenty minutes while it heats and whizzes for you, and then enjoy a piping hot bowl of soup.

I have two favourite combinations at the moment – chick pea and butternut squash, with chilli, cumin and coriander. And pea and courgette.

For this I simply slice a courgette, add some frozen peas and stock (from a stock cube is fine) and then let the soupmaker do the work.

Pea and courgette soup - so easy!Garnishing with grated cheese, or maybe some bacon or ham pieces, would add protein to make it a satisfying and balanced meal.

I've taken some photos of the stages of making the chickpea and butternut squash soup, to show that it really is almost as easy as opening a can – and much tastier!

There are no rules as to what you use to make your soup, except not to add raw meat, and it's a brilliant way to use up vegetables that need eating, so you don't end up throwing them away.

I hope you can join me on Thursday, I'm planning to set the soup maker at the beginning of the show and come back twenty minutes later to show you the result – I will probably make the courgette and pea soup, unless you leave me a message here with another idea to try.

Let me know your favourite flavour combination!

Take care, and don't stress too much about Christmas – it's there to be enjoyed!!

Kathy x


  1. Susan December 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy!
    I am soo with you on your last comment! Don’t stress too much on Christmas – it’s there to be enjoyed! You’re so right! I love love your bowls by the way! Where did you get them? Have a lovely Christmas and I still remember you’re gorgeous table photo from last year.
    See you soon and Happy Christmas!
    Love Susan x

  2. Sam Ryan December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Ahhh you have me sold…i want a soup maker now.
    You make it sound so simple and easy.
    And at least you know exactly whats going into your soup to make it a really nourishing meal !
    I will be tuning in on Thursday to see the soup maker in action.
    Hope you have a great Christmas Kathy.
    Sam (Dublin)xxx

  3. zoe December 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Loved the blog as the soupmaker is one of the best things from qvc this year by far, i have used it about twice a week for the months i have had it, love the conveinience and the way you eat more veg and use up bits and pieces.
    Only downside is the cleaning of it (esp by the screws) and the weight of the lid part.
    Do love it though and wouldn’t want to be without it, i will try the comination u mentioned, can you put in frozen veg then?
    I like carrott based soups in general as they thicken so well, dont try potato soup with lots of potato though as that did not work at all-too gloopy, I have tried many soups though and love it, 95% success on the flavours and textures i would say of what I have made, i make up my own recipes! Really love it.
    I replied to your earlier blog too about your quilt from your Mum, i hope you have time to read it.
    Will look out for the soup demo again as will still be interesting to me!
    bye for now

  4. Mary December 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    I find a butternut squash so hard to cut but have found that Sainsbury’s sell it in 320 g packets already to cook, easy peasy. Other supermarkets perhaps sell it too, I don’t know.

  5. bev young December 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Kathy I can’t agree more!
    I’ve had mine a couple of months now and use it everyday. When I came in from work was a dangerous nibble time for me, so I make my soup then. I have a mug before my dinner, and use the rest for lunch the next day -and I’ve lost 5lb by not even trying !
    I love it so much I’ve brought 2 more as chrimbo pressies as it’s so easy to use ….and we really should start a recipe blog!
    Merry christmas to you, and your family
    Much Love Bevs xxxx

  6. Christine Kubiak December 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy – I watched your demo on the soup maker & you said you made enough for one – the soupmker was then empty when you poured out the bowlful. I always fill mine to the min level, then have to throw the soup away as there is only me to eat/drink it & I have no room in the freezer. Am I right then that you can make smaller amounts? I posted the question on the item page, but have not had a response. Thanks. Chrissie.

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