As the temperatures begin to drop, you may be inclined to stash away the blender and give bone-chilling frozen smoothies a break (at least for a few months). But why put away your most powerful—and, dare we say, valuable—kitchen tool when you can turn up the heat by whipping together some nutrient-rich, extremely cozy blender soup recipes instead?
If nothing sounds better than curling up on the sofa with a warm bowl of butternut squash, carrot coconut, or Japanese corn soup while watching reruns of Gilmore Girls, proceed with caution—and by that we mean extreme excitement. Ready, set, soup season.
Smart tips for testing out these blender soup recipes
In theory, making soups in a blender is the easiest thing you can possibly “cook” (read: throw it all in a blender and hit “on”). However, there are a few things to keep in mind for making creamy blended soups that are absolutely foolproof.
For starters, you’ll want to prep your ingredients appropriately to maximize their flavor and ensure they’re able to blend smoothly. For example, Yumna Jawad, the creator behind Feel Good Foodie, recommends chopping ingredients like carrots and celery (that take longer to cook) into smaller pieces to help them soften and blend more quickly and evenly. Best part? You don’t need to worry about honing your knife-cutting skills, since it all gets blended together anyway.
Yumna Jawad, the creator behind Feel Good Foodie, recommends chopping ingredients like carrots and celery (that take longer to cook) into smaller pieces to help them soften and blend more quickly and evenly.
Jawad also suggests making the most of key ingredient swaps—think canned roasted tomatoes or peppers—to maximize your time efficiency. (Remember: Work smarter, not harder, fam.)
You may also want to opt for a professional-grade, high-power blender, like the Vitamix Propel Series 510 blender, when making blended soups to help speed things (pun intended) up. Equipment like this can make hot soups in mere seconds with the press of a button, as the speed of the blades creates enough friction to heat the ingredients.
Finally, according to the folks at KitchenAid, you should start by first blending your sturdier ingredients and liquid base before adding your more delicate herbs or other softer items, to perfect your blended soup-making skills.
5 blender soup recipes rich in cozy factor and good-for-you ingredients
1. Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Looking for an anti-inflammatory soup packed with robust flavor? We’ve got you covered. This roasted red pepper soup by Feel Good Foodie is exactly that and so much more. The star ingredient in this soup are roasted red bell peppers that are packed with antioxidants and essential nutrients like vitamin C. (BTW, red bell peppers have more vitamin C than oranges.) Plus, using storebought roasted red peppers will help make cooking (and cleaning) a total breeze. No need to turn on the oven to roast these bad boys, my friends. Yep, it’s pretty soup-er.
Get the recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup
2. Japanese Corn Soup
If you haven’t tried Japanese-style corn soup before, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Think of it as a cross between butternut squash soup and a good ol’ clam chowder. It’s sweet and creamy with hints of earthy and buttery corn flavor. What more could you ask for? This recipe by Just One Cookbook calls for just a few key ingredients—sweet corn, milk, cream, and onion, to name a few. Although the ingredient list may sound basic, the end result will be far from it. Plus, it can be served hot or cold, the choice is yours.
Get the recipe: Corn Potage
3. Curried Butternut Squash Soup
It wouldn’t be the fall season without a little butternut squash action, would it? This curried butternut squash soup recipe by The Woks of Life turns up the heat by adding a few spicy, anti-inflammatory ingredients—like red curry paste and red chillies—to complement this fall harvest staple. The result is a slightly sweet and spicy soup that pairs perfectly with a side of warm toasty bread for soaking up every last drop.
Get the recipe: Curried Butternut Squash Soup
4. Carrot Coconut Soup
Feeling a bit under the weather? This carrot coconut soup by Love and Lemons can help get you back on track. It’s made with immune-boosting ingredients, such as carrots, ginger, extra-virgin olive oil, which are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help you feel your best in no time. Plus, with the help of a few simple (and nutritious) garnishes—think hemp seeds, pepitas, and microgreens—you can turn this simple blended soup into a show-stopping culinary masterpiece.
Get the recipe: Carrot Coconut Soup
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