Monday, July 2, 2012

Cool down with Hot Soup!

This isn't an article on cold soups, as much as I love gazpacho and vichysoisse, this is a post on making delicious hot soups without turning on the stove!  As a culinary instructor, one of my favourite things to teach people how to cook, is a great pot of soup! Once you  learn to make a basic soup recipe, you will easily be able to create endless flavour combinations based on seasonal ingredients and items you already have in your pantry or refridgerator.
Soup isn't the first thing you think of on a hot summer day, yet it can be a fantastic mid-afternoon snack or a perfect dish for al fresco dining during our beautiful Canadian summer evenings!

So how do you make a delicious soup without turning on the stove?  A while back I was given this awesome new Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup & Beverage Maker!  A die hard soup maker I was skeptical about a new appliance.   Fact - I instanly fell in love with it!  It made delicious soup in 30 minutes without having to turn the stove on.  I also loved that my 10 year old could throw in a few ingredients in the blender and make himself a quick and healthy meal - again without turning of the stove!

The first soup I ever made in this blender was a Cauliflower Dill Soup! Enjoy!


The Aromatics
Aromatics are  the basic ingredients that act as the flavour foundation that all delicious soups or stews are built on.  Typically, aromatics consist of onions, garlic, leeks, celery, carrots, red peppers, herbs and spices.

  • 1 cooking onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
The Main Ingredient
This will depend on what kind of soup you want - think of this ingredient as the lead player. I love cauliflower, squash, celery, leek & potato and pea!  Whatever you feel like -! you will need about 4 cups in total.
  • 3 cups raw chopped cauliflower

The Liquid
Great stock is the the obvious choice, homemade or a premium boxed vegetable, chicken or beef stock.
  • 6 cups of Chicken Stock 
  1. Place all ingredients in the Blend & Cook Blender.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  3. Place on high for 30 minutes
  4. Stir once at 15 minutes
  5. Once time is up, move the removealbe measuring cup to let steam escape and blend until you have smooth Cauliflower Soup.
  6. Add 2 Tbsp chopped dill or parsley and serve!

Along with awesome seasonal soups, I have made hot chocolate, smoothies, margaritas and pasta sauces.  If you are looking to buy a new blender for yourself or that post secondary student in your life - this should be your blender of choice!

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