I got a Cuisineart soup maker for my Christmas this year and I’ve used it quite a bit. I thought I’d make some soup tonight. The soup maker is ‘the first blender to feature an integrated heater which makes soup making simple!
You can sauté, boil, heat and simmer fresh ingredients within the soup maker… the ultimate in healthy convenience cooking.
With a non-stick base to prevent burning and sticking and a stir function that ensures optimum frying and simmering soup preparation takes care of itself.‘
A few months ago I tried to make lentil soup in it and it was a massive failure. The lentils burned…and I realised that the only way to make lentil soup would be to cook the lentils separately in another pan, then add to the soup maker at the end. It takes a bit away from the fact that the soup maker is meant to be a one stop shop for making soup! But I guess the makers are maybe not Scottish and expecting people to be making Lentil soup with it!?
There is one other issue with the soup maker is that if you use the stir option, the blades at the bottom of the soup maker actually mush any cooked veg up so that there are never any lumps of veg left by the time the soup is cooked. I thought I’d get around this by adding some cubed veg to the lentil mix in the pan…and adding the whole mixture in at the end. You can also stir the soup (in the soup maker) manually to prevent the blades turning your soup into a blended mush!!
Here’s the recipe for my Lentil soup made in the Cuisineart soup maker, it took about an hour to make:
1 large potato
1 onion, chopped
100g red split lentils
3 knorr vegetable stock pots.
Teaspoon of cinnamon.
Salt and Pepper to season.
Boil the kettle for the stock.
Bring 400mls of water to the boil in a small pan, add the lentils, boil for 10 minutes.
Chop 3 carrots (cube 1 and set aside).
Chop 1 large potato (cube one half and set aside).
After the lentil mixture has boiled for 10 minutes, add the cubed carrots and potato which were set aside.
Simmer for 20 minutes.
Make 800mls of vegetable stock (with 3 knorr vegetable stock pots) for the soup maker.
Set soup maker time to 2 minutes, simmer.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil and the chopped onion, stir for 2 minutes to prevent the onion burning.
After 2 minutes, add the stock to the soup maker. Stir and add a teaspoon full of cinnamon.
Set soup make time to 20 minutes, low.
Add the remaining carrots and potatoes, cook on low for 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes, set soup maker to Simmer and stir occasionally for 18 minutes.
Add the lentil mixture to the soup maker, be careful not to use the automatic stir on the soup maker from now on (to keep the veg whole).
Set soup maker time to 20 minutes, low. Leave lid off and stir manually.
Add pepper (and salt if needed).
Serve with bread or oven baked rolls.
Note: If you don’t have a soup maker, I guess you could make the soup maker bit in a pan! :-O