Butternut Squash Soup - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting

Morphy Richards Soup Maker Review

A couple of weeks ago I was asked would I like to try out a Morphy Richards Soup Maker for review purposes. Even though space is at a premium in my galley kitchen, this appliance sounded very interesting and I decided to to give it a go.

First impressions?

It’s like a giant kettle. In fact it’s twice as big as my regular kettle. Counter space is sparse and I wondered how on earth I would to keep the Soup Maker on the go, while juggling the hob as it seems the only spot suitable is on top of the hob.  48822hero 032

The lid is heavy and that’s because it has a stick blender attachment for “buzzing/whizzing” soups to your required consistency. There are 4 options and it’s all very simple to use.  It even makes smoothies. Nice.

Making soup was incredibly easy.  Once I made sure to prepare my vegetables to dice size as per the manual, it was a case of popping the raw veg in, some stock on top and then selecting whether I’d like my soup to be smooth or chunky.

Cleaning the Soup Maker was also a breeze, in fact I’ve started wondering what I did before we had one.

One thing that I found brilliant about the Soup Maker was that I could stick it right at the back of the hob, turn it on and forget about it (also not worry about little hands with dials/knobs and flexes). We had hot soup after the school run on Monday, on Tuesday I made a broth then popped in some couscous while it was still warm. It was a meal in itself.

It was so easy in fact that I feel like a bit of a fraud giving you this “recipe”!

We’ve all come down with some form of lurgy or another. The last thing I want to be doing is slaving over dinner and we’re making good use of the Soup Maker. I picked up some butternut squash on special in the Grocer’s the other day, a few red onions, some carrots and some stock resulted in a fresh, smooth and velvety soup that I served inside a squash bowl for fun.  No washing up. What’s not to love?Butternut Squash Soup - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting

Butternut Squash Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 2 small butternut squash
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 1 organic vegetable stock cube
  • Hot Water (from the kettle)

Method

Cut the butternut squash at the “neck” leaving the widest part of the squash behind (this also contains the seeds). Peel and chop all the vegetables into small, dice sized pieces. Pop all the vegetables into the Soup Maker.

Crumble the stock cube into a mug and dissolve in hot water. Pour the mug of stock into the Soup Maker then top up with hot water to the “maximum” level in the maker.

Plug in the Soup Maker, turn it on and select “smooth”. Press start.Butternut Squash Soup - Wholesome Ireland - Food & Parenting

For the squash bowls, preheat a fan oven to 180 degrees Celsius, remove the seeds from the centre of the squash and wrap the bottom with greaseproof paper, then tinfoil to hold it in place, making sure that there is a large gap at the top.  Put the squash on a baking tray and pour approximately 100ml of  hot water inside the squash. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.

After 1 hour the soup will have cooked, and cooled to an edible (non mouth scalding) temperature. Spoon the soup into the butternut squash and serve.

If you’re interested in getting one of these nifty Soup Makers for yourself, Morphy Richards have given me a unique code to get one at a discount: GH2255. The code will expire on 31st December 2013 and will allow you to get the Soup Maker for £44.99 (which is less than half the recommended retail price), all you need to do is click here and enter the code when checking out.

Morphy Richards have also given me a brand new soup maker to be given away to a lucky reader.

  • Simply check out the rafflecopter entry form below for 6 different ways to enter and to put your name in the draw. 
  • You can enter just the once for 1 entry into the draw or carry out all 6 actions to increase your chances.

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Disclosure: I received a Morphy Richards Soup Maker for the purposes of this review and they have donated a further soup maker to give away to readers. My opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them. You may need a Parcel Motel account to accept delivery in ROI.

  • Mandie Leenheer

    I would love to win this soup maker because my kids are huge fans of soup.I need healthy food that can cook itself at the moment due to the christmas rush on my crochet orders. I also need to ensure my kids eat a balanced diet. :)

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Your fingers must be worked to the bone! Best of luck Mandie.

  • Val

    Sounds like a great idea! I love kitchen products and this would be perfect as the family love soup

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks Val. Best of luck!

  • Lisa

    Have been a fan for a while now and would love to win this soup maker! I love vegetable soup and can never get it the right thickness hopefully this would help

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Best of luck Lisa and thanks!

  • Una Clifford-Bahcecik

    mmmmm, soup!

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Soup is such a lovely comfort food, don’t you think?

  • Dr Hows Science Wows

    What a lovely giveaway, perfect for this time of year too; I am a fan of making homemade soups but this sounds like it would make my life a lot easier! A lovely “Wholesome” giveaway ;0)

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Hehehe N. It does make life terribly easy.

  • laura k

    I never knew such a thing existed. I love that it makes soup and blends all in the one container. One of the things I hate about making soup is the saucepans and then the blender, even the hand blender needs the soup to be in a jug, so this would definitely reduce on washing up.

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Yep me too Laura. It’s just so handy!

  • sarah

    Quick and easy – what’s not to love?!

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Best of luck Sarah!

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    As are mine Angela. ;)

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Best of luck so Lucy!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Nor did I! Best of luck Claire!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    While I love a decent fry-up you just can’t beat a great bowl of soup. Best of luck Jim!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    I never knew there was one either Dee. Best of luck!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Perfect for winter walks Karen, you just pop it on and come back to great soup. What’s not to love?

  • Adi1

    Never heard of this before, I make soup on a regular basis so this would be ideal as I’m easily distracted ;)

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      I’d never heard of one like this either and I’m certainly going to be using it loads in future. Best of luck!

  • Garrett Mccord

    this would be so handy and useful for the inevitable new year’s fitness regime

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      *sigh* I’m dreading it already… Best of luck Garrett!

  • Maya Russell

    I’d like to try out a soup maker as I want quick, healthier, warming meals.

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      They are certainly quick & healthy alright. Best of luck Maya!

  • Sadhbh

    Big soup fans in my house! Would love one of these!

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Best of luck Sadhbh!

  • http://www.mummymummymum.com/ Emma V

    I’m trying to be healthier and think this would really help.

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      It certainly would, best of luck Emma!

  • Ciara Muldoon

    i would like it so i could give it to my mam(carol muldoon) for the reason she stated! (yes she is that bad,)!! Also it would give my poor aul dad a break!

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Oh dear, best of luck to your mam so!

    • Carol Downey Muldoon

      Hahaha (hangs my head in shame) :0)

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Hahahah “without the burned bits” good luck Carol!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Making it this way certainly isn’t a chore. Best of luck Jen!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Potato-leek soup sounds fab, it’s on my list of to-make ones in the next week. Best of luck Annetje!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    *groan* so many soup puns, so little time! Best of luck Gerry!

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    I think if you got them involved it’d be a fantastic idea. Best of luck Kathleen!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    Have you seen the price of a Thermomix? Yikes!
    This is definitely much cheaper. Best of luck!

  • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

    I’m a huge fan of their products I have to say. Best of luck.

  • Jinger Kat

    Always have a pot of soup going during the winter – various veggies as I think it’s a great way of getting the family to have their 5-a-day.
    Thanks for the recipe above – I make something similar and add some grated ginger

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Grated ginger would be lovely in this recipe. Great idea Jinger.

  • Sinead – Bumbles of Rice

    Oh my kitchen needs one of these, I love gadgets :)

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      I love gadgets too. Wish I had space for more of them!

  • Amy bennett

    I;d love to try one out as I make all my soups from scratch since loosing my weight, I wouldnt dare touch a carton or tub now, this would be so much easier and quickly than the pot and hand blender.

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Best of luck & congratulations on losing your weight.

  • Oisin Judge

    I would love one of these, each week i make a batch of soup to do my lunches for each week of college and this would make that so much easier!! (And encourage me to make another different type of soup mid week :L)

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Best of luck Oisin.

  • Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    I love to make soup but it is quite time consuming a soup maker sounds so much quicker and it does it all for you which is an added bonus!

    • http://wholesomeireland.com/ Wholesome Ireland

      Best of luck Kirsty!