That title might sound a tad hyperbolic, but honestly I’ve never been as in love with a kitchen gadget as I am with the Morphy Richards Soup Maker.
Our love story began when I made an interesting discovery; the only source of sugar in my diet for a week was in tinned soup. As I’m attempting to avoid all the yummy sources of sugar like chocolate, biscuits and ice cream I had to ask myself, why am I eating it in the shape of Scotch Broth?
The answer of course was because soup without sugar has to be made at home from scratch, and while this does happen in this household, it requires the culinary skills of The Boyfriend, three hours boiling of a chicken carcass and something that involves a bones, sieve and kitchen roll that I choose not to watch so soup making must therefore always remain the domain of The Boyfriend.
However back in January I mentioned the Morphy Richards Soup Maker on my healthista.com page – or rather to give it it’s full title, the Morphy Richards Soup and Saute Maker (but that doesn’t fit in the title very well). They didn’t have samples at the time but recently the nice people at QVC asked me if I’d like to try one…..erm, yes. Was the answer.
Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting much. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be eating scrummy lentil and bacon soup a few days later with The Boyfriend shaking his head, asking ‘so this is just stock, lentils and bacon?’….cue another head shake.
Frankly, this thing is amazing. You pop in anything you want to saute and stir for four minutes, then you add stock, lentils and any other ingredients, put the lid on, choose if you want smooth or chunky, then let it to its thing. Which it does. IN 21 MINUTES. That’s right you ignore the bubbly kettle looking thing for 21 minutes then open it and you have soup.
We’ve made four more different types since and, other than a brief onion related disaster which had to be saved with beans and nutritional yeast, they’ve been really good. We’ve just bought the ingredients for chicken and sweetcorn which is Friday night’s experiment.
If I did have to criticise it, the only thing I don’t like is that they don’t give a foolproof formula to use when trying to make your own recipes so it’s a bit trial and error when you branch out on your own. Other than that though, The Morphy Richards Soup Maker is THE best kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. It’s even easy to clean, so, long as you do it before things dry. …. And can I just mention the 21 minutes thing again, with no stirring.
And no I’m not on commission as my friend suggested after a particularly out of character Facebook rave about said item. I’m just souper impressed (sorry). Check out the QVC page for it here or you can buy it on amazon as well. Morphy Richards 501011 Saute and Soup Maker.
Oh and if you want the recipe for the NYNHB Celery and Bacon soup above, here’s what I did.
Chop 2 slices of unsmoked back bacon – I have learned that smoked overpowers the soup
Then chop 6 sticks of celery.
Add oil to the soup maker, switch it on to heat for a minute then saute the bacon and celery for four minutes.
Make up one litre of chicken stock with two stockcubes while you stir.
Add the stock and 75-100g of dry red lentils to the gizmo (split peas work too and are even cheaper).
Chuck on the lid, go bath, run, type and blog post for 21 minutes and wait for lots of beeps.
Open. Pour. Eat soup!
NYNHB is a member of amazon affiliates. If you click the amazon link above and make a purchase, I get a small commission – however, I wrote this post before I even knew what affiliate links even were so my love affair was not tainted in any way by finance. In fact, the Morphy Richards Soup Maker was one of the few kitchen things I actually shipped to Australia with me when I moved back again recently – that’s how much I love it!