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How to Make Soup in a Blender: 8 Easy Recipes

Few dishes are as versatile yet simple to make as soup. From a refreshing watermelon gazpacho for the summer or a comforting pumpkin soup in the winter, soup is in season year-round, and your blender is key to creating a range of unique recipes. Learn how to make soup in a blender for an easy, delicious meal that you can enjoy any time.

How to Make Soup In a Blender

Making soup in a blender can be as simple as taking some of the produce you may already have around like potatoes, carrots, broccoli or tomatoes, and cooking them with aromatics of your choice before pureeing in a blender with a liquid base like stock or milk (or milk alternative). 

An immersion blender like the KitchenAid® Variable Speed Blender can help streamline the cooking process by allowing you to blend your ingredients directly in the pot, while the KitchenAid® Pro Line® Blender with Thermal Control Jar can blend and heat your room-temperature ingredients for soup that's ready in a matter of minutes. 

Use the tips below to walk you through the process of how to make soup in a blender. Feel free to let your creativity flourish by taking these basic steps and working with the ingredients of your choice.

How to Make Soup With an Immersion Blender

An immersion blender has a number of uses, including emulsifying or pureeing your soups right in your cooking pot. You can convert just about any countertop blender recipe into an immersion blender by using a container or the pot where you're cooking your ingredients and blending them right in the pot. Just remember to fully submerge the blades in the pot to avoid any splatters. 

ingredients

  • Broth (vegetable or the broth of your choice)

  • Thawed veggies like frozen peas or broccoli  

  • Medium green onion

  • Salt to taste 

  • Fresh ground pepper 

  • Medium avocado 

  • Herbs like mint leaves, firmly packed 

  • Lemon juice

TOOLS

  • Countertop blender

KitchenAid® blender with sliced vegetables inside

Step 1. Blend sturdier ingredients and liquid base

Add broth (should be warm but not boiling hot) along with ingredients you'll be using for your soup, like the thawed peas, green onion, salt, pepper and avocado into your blender's jar. Secure the lid, and start blending slowly, gradually  increasing the speed. Blend for about 5 minutes. As a general rule, start by first blending your sturdier ingredients and liquid base before adding your more delicate herbs or other softer items.

Alternatively, if you're working with an immersion blender, you can add the ingredients to the pot used to make the vegetable broth. Blend until your preferred consistency, making sure that the blades are fully submerged before turning on. 

Step 2. Add herbs and remaining ingredients

Once your mixture looks well-combined, add lemon juice and mint to the blender jar. Pulse 10 to 20 seconds until you reach a smooth and creamy consistency. 

Step 3. Serve and enjoy

The soup should come out hot. However, if you prefer a hotter soup and don't have a KitchenAid® blender with a Thermal Control Jar, you can heat it up on the stove until it reaches your desired temperature. Plate the soup and add any garnishes like a swirl of sour cream, plain yogurt and fresh mint. Enjoy! 

Top view of blended soup in bowl with toasted bread on top

Making Soup in a Blender: Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions for making soup in a blender below.

Can you use any blender to make soup?

Since you'll be working with hot ingredients, your blender jar should be glass, double-walled or made of a strong plastic that can withstand heat. Vented jar lids, like the ones featured on select KitchenAid® blenders, can help steam escape when blending hot food. A blender with pre-programmed soup settings like the KitchenAid® K400 Blender, can also help take the guesswork out knowing when everything is incorporated.

Can you put hot vegetables in a blender?

Your vegetables should not be blended immediately after being cooked. Allow some time for the vegetables to cool down before adding to the jar and blending in small batches, making sure to allow for steam to escape by removing the measuring cap from the lid if your lid doesn't have vents.  

Can any blender make hot soup?

Some blenders can make hot soup with varying degrees of ease. Although blenders may require heating the liquid base separately before blending, other blenders, like the KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender with Thermal Control Jar can heat soup as you blend while keeping the outer jar cool. Consult your owner's manual if you're not sure if your blender jar is heat-resistant.

Can you blend hot soup in a plastic blender?

As long as your blender's owner's manual states that the jar is made of heat-resistant plastic and can handle hot liquids, then you should be able to blend hot soup. Glass jars are a great option for hot ingredients since glass is naturally heat resistant.

How do you make soup smooth?

For a soup with a smooth consistency, work with veggies that are soft but not mushy. Additionally, streaming oil or cream into the soup can better emulsify the ingredients for a silkier texture.

Blender features can also play a major role in getting your soup to the right consistency. For instance, the KitchenAid® High Performance Series Blender can quickly blend even the toughest ingredients with a range of 9 speeds. Preset recipe programs as featured in the K400 Blender can also produce the texture you desire, from chunky to silky smooth. 

Person pouring cream into pot of soup

If you don’t have a blender, can you use other appliances to help you make soup?

Even if you don't have a blender, chances are that you have a tool in your kitchen that can be used to make soup. 

  • Large-capacity food processor: Food processors can also be used to puree your ingredients. Firmer items like kale or carrots should be added to your work bowl first for best results, though remember that your soup will have a more textured, chunky consistency instead of the smooth texture that a blender can provide. 

  • Stand mixer: you can also make chunkier soups by using a KitchenAid® stand mixer. Ingredients like potatoes and chicken can be mashed or shredded using a flat or pastry beater for a more rustic-style soup, or you can make prepping easier with KitchenAid® slicing or dicing attachments that can be used with your stand mixer for uniform results. 

8 Easy Blended Soup Recipes

Flex your culinary creativity with this list of blender soups that only require a few ingredients and a blender for a quick and simple yet satisfying dish.

Chicken tortilla lime soup from Yummly recipe

1. Chicken Tortilla Lime Soup

Prep time and cook time: 20 minutes

 

A simple yet flavorful soup that comes together in under 30 minutes, this is a great recipe for cold winter nights that also provides a zesty kick. 

 

Winter squash and apple soup from Yummly recipe

2. Winter Squash and Apple Soup

Prep time and cook time: 55 minutes

 

The warm, spiced flavors of squash, apple, coriander and cumin combine for a thick and smooth winter soup that will warm you up on even the coldest nights.

 

Top view of black sesame soup from Yummly recipe

3. Black Sesame Soup

Prep time and cook time: 30 minutes

 

Only 5 ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare, this delicately sweet and unique warm soup will impress your palate. 

 

Two bowls of curried coconut soup from Yummly recipe

4. Curried Coconut Soup

Prep time and cook time: 30 minutes

 

Refreshing as it is bold, this bright, Thai-inspired soup can be enjoyed any time of the year for a unique marriage of flavors. 

 

 

Bowl of smoky tomato soup from Yummly recipe

5. Smoky Tomato Soup

Prep time and cook time: 20 minutes

 

Although this hearty tomato with chickpeas soup recipe was designed especially for a blender that will heat the soup right in the blender container, you can also heat it in a pan on the stovetop.

 

Two bowls of creamy roasted vegetable soup from Yummly recipe

6. Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup

Prep time and cook time: 65 minutes

 

A slightly more involved recipe that requires roasting the veggies prior to blending, the depth of flavors from the roasted vegetables makes this healthy soup both delectable and filling. 

 

 

Top view of broccoli cheese soup from Yummly recipe

7. Broccoli Cheese Soup

Prep time and cook time: 30 minutes

 

A classic and comforting soup that will be a hit with everyone, this delicious dish packs a punch with plenty of sharp cheddar cheese. 

Top view of creamy cauliflower soup from Yummly recipe

8. Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Prep time and cook time: 35 minutes

 

Use your immersion blender for this creamy soup that comes together right in the pot where you cooked your ingredients. 

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