I’ve had a Vitamix blender in pride of place on the kitchen cabinet-top for a few years now. Being an avid, smoothie junkie, this had always bee my sole requirement from my beloved blender.
A couple of weeks ago I was searching for some recipe inspiration online and I encountered the Vitamix soup cookbook. Figuring that it was just going to detail how to blend cooked soup I clicked onto the first recipe and was shocked with the instructions.
All Vitamix blenders are powerful enough to make hot soup from raw ingredients. It turns out that the highest speed setting can heat up liquids to serving temperature in a matter of minutes!
Well, this certainly piqued my interest and I have been delving deep into how Vitamix has achieved this as well as trying out a huge array of these recipes for myself!
How Does A Vitamix Blender Make Hot Soup?
The Vitamix brand has developed a blender design that does more than just make smoothies. The high speed of the device creates friction as it purees and chops the raw ingredients.
Vitamix uses aircraft-grade stainless steel blades and a powerful motor base that pair together to heat soup when set to the highest speed.
It is important to note, the blender doesn’t cook the soup like simmering on the hob. It heats the ingredients to serving temperature. This temperature is sufficient to gently cook veggies but some tougher ingredients (like potato and carrot) will need to be steamed first.
The benefit of heating soup using your Vitamix is that you can go from chunky raw ingredients to hot soup in less time than cooking it on the hob. The blender will produce the meal in about 6 minutes, not including prep time.
If the soup is already made and just needs re-heating then stove-top warming or microwaving can yield similar results.
In the end, it really depends on what you’re after when it comes to soup making.
Vitamix Models Series
A Vitamix machine is one of the best blender manufacturers out there. They produce a range of high powered blenders that can all double as soup makers. They do personal and professional series blenders so there’s one to suit every requirement.
The Vitamix ascent series countertop blenders all feature a 10 settings, speed dial and pulse function. Some of then have built-in programs to make hot soup, ice cream, and smoothies. The Vitamix ascent makes quick work of turning whole food into hot soup.
Another great feature of the Ascent series is the self-detect technology which allows the machine to know which container is attached. This prevents using the in-correct setting and saves hasty google searches for the correct program.
The Legacy series which includes the standard Vitamix 5200 is the most popular of the Vitamix models. The high-performance blender is great for larger volumes as it has a 64-ounce container.
The variable speed control reaches a top speed powerful enough to make hot soup from cold or room temperature ingredients.
Space Saving Blenders
The space-saving blender (S55) is perfect if one portion of soup is all you require. It comes with a 40-ounce container and 20-ounce cup attachment, ideal for individual portions.
The low profile tamper is great to ensure complete pureeing of all ingredients. With a variable speed control, pre-programmed settings, and pulsing option it’s adaptable and versatile as well as compact.
Most of the components are dishwasher safe so cleaning is a breeze.
This new series blender packs all that high power blending capacity under a smaller price tag. It also boasts the variable speed control feature so ideal for hot soup. It has a roomy 48-ounce container and a self-cleaning function. All you need to do is add warm water and some dish soap and the blender cleans itself, no disassembly required.
Certified Reconditioned Series
If your budget is tight then this series can end up giving you all the benefits for a fraction of the price. All the reconditioned models come with a new jug and have all been thoroughly examined to make sure they’re up to standards. They also come with a 5-year warranty so that’s a bonus.
More Features of The Vitamix
It’s not just smoothies and hot soup that give the Vitamix blender its reputation.
The container design is engineered to ensure the ingredients are funneled towards the blades evenly to give a perfect texture.
The jug is attached to the motor base using a metal drive system so it locks on tight, saving on wear and damage.
The motor is specially designed to give an even running speed and torque and is unlikely to overheat when blending tough ingredients.
All Vitamix food processors carry a 5-10 year warranty so if anything breaks you can send it off for repair or replacement.
Vitamix Soup Recipe Ideas
Spinach and Potato Soup
2 cups of vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons whole milk, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream, 3 medium-sized baked potatoes, 0.5 cup diced onion, 1 ounce frozen spinach, salt, pepper, and rosemary to taste.
Add everything minus the spinach to the Vitamix blender and start on a low speed. Quickly increase to top speed and blend for around 6 minutes. When the soup is steaming stop the blender and add the spinach. Blend for 25 seconds and then season to taste.
Serve and enjoy.
Tip – you can replace the dairy ingredients with any non-dairy alternatives to keep this recipe vegan!
Butternut Squash Soup
1-2 cups butternut squash (roasted), 1 apple diced, 1 celery stalk, 2 carrots roughly chopped, 1.5 cup vegetable stock, salt, and cinnamon to taste.
Add everything to the Vitamix blender and start at a low speed. Quickly increase to top speed and blend for around 6 minutes. When the soup is steaming stop the blender and add the seasoning to taste.
Serve and enjoy.
2 cups of vegetable broth, 1 can peeled plum tomatoes, 2 cups fresh tomatoes (whichever are your favorite), 3 cloves of garlic, a handful of fresh basil, 1 can chickpeas, salt and pepper to taste.
Add everything minus the chickpeas to the Vitamix blender and start on a low speed. Quickly increase to top speed and blend for around 6 minutes. When the soup is steaming stop the blender and add the chickpeas. Blend for 15 seconds and season to taste.
Serve and enjoy.
What Else Can You make?
The list is pretty endless when it comes to a Vitamix. It’s such a versatile kitchen appliance and can aid you in many recipes. Here’s a bit of inspiration to get you going!
- Nut Butters (like peanut butter, cashew nut butter etc)
- Nut Milks
- Ice Cream
- Baby Food
- Dips and Spreads
Other Soup Makers
If Vitamix is a bit out of your price range then consider these options for quick and easy soup in minutes.
- Nutribullet Rx Blender Soup Maker
- Ninja Foodi Blender and Soup Maker
- Smart Living Soup Maker
Vitamix blenders can make hot soup effortlessly as the friction of the blades produces enough heat to warm the mixture. Although you end up with a lovely bowl of hot soup, tougher root veg does need to be baked or steamed beforehand to ensure cooked properly. Vitamix does a wide range of blenders to suit many different requirements and soup making is a great additional feature.