The Ninja Soup Maker is perfect if you are looking to make your own homemade soups in less than 30 minutes. Below you will find my review of it and whether or not I would recommend it.
Since the start of the year I have been looking at my diet to see what I can do to lower my calorie intake but also eat more vegetables. Since my wife and I both love soup we thought this would be a good way, although the thought of the time and cleaning needed to make our own soup did put us off.
We therefore decided to get the Ninja Soup Maker and it’s now one of the most used pieces of equipment in our kitchen!
including technical specifications and how to use it. I also wanted to share what I thought was good about it and at the same time what I think could be better.
This review is based on my own personal thoughts, I was not given this product and purchased it based on wanting to make my own homemade soups.
The Ninja Soup Maker allows you to make your own soups quickly and easily. It is a blender soup maker, which means that it doesn’t just heat the soup it will also blend the ingredients down so you can have both smooth and chunky soup. Since it does have a blender, it does mean that it has additional functions other than just being able to make soup.
In my Ninja Soup Maker box, I received the following;
One of the things that impressed me so much about the Ninja Soup Maker, is the amount of functions it does have. Below I am going to go through each of the functions or modes and explain what they do. Now I have only used the chop, saute and soup functions but I do know how the other functions work.
Since it is a blender as well as a soup maker, there is the option for it to chop the vegetables. I would use this for the initial onions and/or garlic. I would still manually chop bigger vegetables, particularly root vegetables as these are harder. This mode runs for about 12 seconds and simply chops the ingredients 3 times. It does do an excellent job.
It’s really important to saute your onions, as this helps to release the sweetness in them and also give your soup an additional depth of flavour. The Ninja Soup Maker does have a saute option, and does a great job. It takes roughly 5 minutes and when you remove the lid you can really smell the onions.
Personally I love smooth soup and with this mode you will get silky smooth soup, it only takes 30 minutes as well. Over that 30 minutes it will warm up the vegetables and the stock and every so often the blender will blend the ingredients to help chop them up. Towards the end it will blitz all of the ingredients and remove any lumps.
If you like chunky soup then don’t worry, the Ninja soup maker does have the option to make chunky soup. The great thing is that it only takes around 25 minutes and during that time it heats it up and chops the vegetable down a little. If you do want it a little less chunky then you can always use the blend function on the manual setting.
If you have wanted to make your own jam then you are in luck, as this soup maker from Ninja will also help you make soup. Simply chop up the ingredients, add them and click the jam mode button. It will then take 30 minutes to create your jam, you just then have to put it in the fridge for 4 hours to fully set.
Looking for a nice tomato sauce or even a nice sauce for your steak dinner, the Ninja Soup Maker will be able to make it for you. Watch as it blends down the ingredients and then heats them up to get the ideal consistency. It has the heat function so that your sauce will stay warm for 60 minutes.
Ninja are known for making high quality blenders and this is no different, which makes it ideal for making your very own smoothie. The recipe book comes with a couple of examples but the great thing about smoothies is that it is down to your imagination. With the mode only taking 45 seconds, you will have a tasty smoothie in no time.
The blades are incredibly strong and sharp, it will be able to blend up ice and other frozen ingredients very easily.
I have not used this option yet but in the summer months, I think i’ll be using it a lot. There are 2 recipes in the included book, one of which I know i’ll be making. The Strawberry Froze is frozen strawberries, mint and rose wine blended and combined together. This would be perfect on those warm days to cool me down. The great thing is that this mode only takes 1 minute to complete and will make an impressive 1.7l of it.
Do you enjoy a nice and refreshing milkshake? Luckily for you with the Ninja Soup Maker, you can make you very own. Simply add the required ingredients and watch as it combines and shakes these up to give you the flavour and consistency you love.
There is then also a manual mode, which allows you to manually heat up the soup maker or blend for a set time. You can also use the pulse mode, if you are just looking for that option. This means you do not need to stick to the preset functions if you don’t want to, although it is often easier to just use them.
Now my favourite mode is the self clean, this saves so much time and effort. You simply rinse out the excess soup, add a couple of teaspoons of wash liquid and then around 600ml of water. Next press the button and it will blend up the water to get the bubbles from the washing liquid, at the same time it does also heat up the water.
You then want to wash away any soap suds and dry properly with a towel. It’s really important that you do not put it in the dishwasher or allow it to soak underwater for too long as the bottom of the maker does have the heating element.
The great thing about the Ninja Soup Maker is just how easy it is to use, you can take it out the box and have a soup ready in just half an hour. It does come with a getting started guide which will show you how to make your own soups, as well as some start recipes.
First of all you want to place 1tbsp of olive oil into the glass jug and add 1 onion that has been quartered, you can then also add garlic if you are wanting to. Pop on the lid and click the chop option, this will blitz the blades around to chop the onion up. This will only take 12 seconds, once done you then want to click the saute button. Over the next 6 seconds it will heat up the onions and get them nice and soft.
Once complete, remove the lid and add the chopped vegetables you are wanting to use. I would recommend chopping these so that they are roughly 1-2cm, as this will make it easier to get all of your ingredients into the Ninja Soup Maker. Add your stock, I normally find 500ml is enough.
Put the lid back on and hit Smooth, this will then take 30 minutes. During that time it will heat up the vegetables and every so often blend them up. It is not until the last couple of minutes that it will completely blend the soup so that it is silky smooth.
You can either serve right away or leave in the Ninja Soup Maker to keep warm. It does have a heat setting so you can leave it to stay warm for an additional 60 minutes.
It can cook chunky soup in as little as 20 minutes and smooth soup in only 30 minutes.
It’s really easy, you simply add 2 drops of washing up liquid and 600ml of water. Press the clean button and it will run for 6 minutes, heating and blending the water until it’s nice and clean. Simply rinse out of soap and dry with a cloth. I would recommend rinsing out the soup maker before washing, to give it a much better clean.