Vegetable soup made with the Crofton soup maker from Aldi

carrot soup

Aldi specialbuys are amazing! I love the exciting bit of getting to aisles in the middle of the store to see what is on offer, sometimes if I am very lucky I’ll get a heads up from the lovely PR team that look after Aldi and invited to try out one of the special buys and feature it here on my blog. I am always very happy to say yes because I am a genuine Aldi customer, I buy their offers, shop in the store and am continually amazed at the quality goods at incredible prices.

So what’s in store at the moment? Kitchen appliances mentioned available from 22nd October.

There are loads of amazing kitchen appliances available right now. I have been sent the Crofton soup maker, if you don’t fancy that how about a lovely new Slow Cooker or a Panini maker? They are all pretty tempting and would make good Christmas gifts too.

As soon as I saw there was a soup maker on offer I opted for it because it’s something I’ve wanted for ages and having my own soup maker makes me feel really grown up (as silly as that sounds) I’ll be needing a bread maker next! I did wonder before it arrived if I would be able to make the soup in its entirety in the soup maker or if I’d have to dirty a pan and fry off the onions first, but the soup maker does it all!

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It is very easy to make any type of soup at all. A lot of recipes for soup start off with frying some onions (the soup maker has a function for this) and then adding the other ingredients and some liquid. Most soups are cooked within about 30 mins and the soup maker blends it until you get the consistency you like. It really is that simple!

This will be invaluable to me for using up all the leftover veg in my fridge and making a healthy and nutritious meal. I can’t stand food waste and so for me this is a must-have kitchen gadget.

I was so keen to test it out that I basically just chopped up what I had in the fridge and chucked it in! Here is the recipe but you could adapt it to whatever you have at the time.

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 potato, chopped

2 sticks celery, chopped

Flesh from half a pumpkin (recently carved for Halloween!)

1 litre of vegetable stock

Method

  • Add chopped onion to Crofton Soup Maker and fry for 1 min
  • Add in all other veg
  • Add stock
  • Cook for 30 mins and then blend to desired consistency.
  • Garnish with a little cream and chopped parsley

carrot soup

It really is the quickest and most fool-proof way of making soup I have ever tried. You will love it if you get one, but be quick because I am certain they will sell out! Check out the Aldi site here to see all the specialbuys.

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Comments

  • Katy

    Written on 1st November 2015

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    Oh gutted I missed this as I really want a soup maker! Love Aldi! Always such amazing bargains!! x

  • Rachael Self

    Written on 1st December 2015

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    I got my soup maker last week after waiting a month and finally decided I wanted one. I have just made my first batch of soup. I’m a bit worried I’ve done it wrong though. I fried the onion for 1 minute. I understood that part. Then I added the vegetables and stock to the ratio it said in the book. Set the timer and here is where I got confused. I read it as then selecting the cook and blend function thinking it would cook it first and then blend at the end of the 30 minutes but it started blending the uncooked ingredients straight away. Is this right?
    I stopped it and just set it to the cook function and thought I would blend at the end manually until I could figure out what the right way was. Please could you let me know how you done yours?

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 1st December 2015

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      Hi Rachel, I use the cook function only and then blended manually. I think this is better because you know what consistency you want the soup. Once cooked it hardly takes any time to blend at all so I think that’s probably the best way. It is trial and error though, I’ve made loads of soup since I got this. Hope you’re enjoying yours, would love to hear what you’ve made!

      • tina cranfield

        Written on 12th April 2016

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        hi amy can you tell me where i can get an instruction manual has mine did not come with one and you can not get through to the number they tell u to call thank you x

        • Amy Treasure

          Written on 12th April 2016

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          Copying and pasting reply in case you don’t see it on other comment thread, Tina! x

          Hi, very sorry to have missed these comments I didn’t have notifications turned on as it’s quite an old post. Anyway, just to say I don’t deal with Aldi or Crofton directly just the PR team who occasionally send me things to review. Sorry I can’t help but possibly Twitter may be your best bet if you’re not getting any joy on the phone. Best wishes, Amy.

  • Natalie

    Written on 3rd January 2016

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    Does anyone have the user manual for this soup maker? Or know where to get it? I got one for Christmas and somewhere between the mulled wines the instructions got lost!!

    • tina cranfield

      Written on 12th April 2016

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      hi did you find a manual as i also got one for xmas 2015 and the instruction manual was not in it and ive been trying ever since to find one x

  • karen brooks

    Written on 1st February 2016

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    Hi, Am I right that you should always start any soup with the onions & oil then copy the recipes in your manual.

    • tina cranfield

      Written on 12th April 2016

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      im having same problem did you find one in the end jim x

      • Amy Treasure

        Written on 12th April 2016

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        Hi, very sorry to have missed these comments I didn’t have notifications turned on as it’s quite an old post. Anyway, just to say I don’t deal with Aldi or Crofton directly just the PR team who occasionally send me things to review. Sorry I can’t help but possibly Twitter may be your best bet if you’re not getting any joy on the phone. Best wishes, Amy.

  • Dave

    Written on 25th March 2016

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    Hi, we have used our soup maker 3-4 times and love it. Unfortunately today the soup won’t heat up, the timer is on the blue light flashes but no heat. Any suggestions ?

  • Natalie Moore

    Written on 3rd October 2016

    Reply

    So I have this soup maker and have been looking for instructions since I got it (as it didn’t come with any!). Any tips on which button is the fry and how best to use it??
    Many thanks in advance!

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