Do you know how to make hot soup in your blender? This is one of the secrets of hot, restaurant-quality soups: A high-powered blender. Blendtec blenders have a 3 peak-horsepower motor, you can make velvety smooth potato leek soup and even heat up and cook soups in the blender, no stove required!
Chef Austin's Tips for Making Hot Soup with a Blendtec Blender:
Want a more robust blended soup? Try roasting your vegetables beforehand. Easily roast off a variety of vegetables all at once in the oven; take a sheet tray and add chopped sweet potatoes, onions and celery, drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Cook at 425F until tender and toss in your Blendtec with some chicken stock.
Some hot soups can be made only using the blender. Vegetables that are eaten raw usually work best as a base: avocado, tomato, corn, peas, and asparagus all work great.
Some vegetables need to be cooked first, not because they won't blend, but they will taste so much better and will not give your soup a "raw" taste. Saute, roast in the oven, or steam these kinds of vegetables before blending: onions, carrots, broccoli, celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, beets, and cauliflower.
Chef Austin's Recommended Hot Soup Recipe
Hot Cheddar Broccoli Soup
4 Cups Broccoli Florets, Steamed
1 Cup Chicken Stock
1 Cup Half & Half
1⁄8 Tsp Fresh Ground Nutmeg
3oz Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1oz Parmesan Cheese, Shredded
Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, To Taste
Set 1/2 cup of broccoli florets aside, add the rest of ingredients to the blender jar. Press the "Soup" preset on your Blendtec blender. If this preset is not available, blend on high speed for 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds, the longer you blend, the hotter the soup.
Add reserved broccoli and use the pulse button 3-5 times to roughly chop the broccoli. Garnish hot soup with sour cream or croutons.
About the Author:
Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.