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Review: VonShef Multifunctional Soup Maker

Food lover and chilli connoisseur, James whizzed up an extraordinarily spicy soup in the VonShef Multifunctional Soup Maker. Here’s how he got on…

French Onion & Hot Scotch Bonnet Soup

I like to cook, and I’m always looking for new recipes to try and put my own spin on things. With a surname like “Cook”, you’re expected to know your way around the kitchen! I like to tweak most recipes to include my own style, which mostly involves hot chillies…

I’m always keen to try new kitchen gadgets, my breadmaker is a favourite, and I wanted to see if I could make some fresh soup to go along with some homemade bread. I like French onion soup, and I like chilli peppers, so I thought I’d combine the two and make my own French Onion & Scotch Bonnet Chilli Soup recipe.

How easy was the dish to make?

A doddle, all I had to do was chop some red onion and scotch bonnet chilli peppers, fry in garlic and oil for a few minutes then add to the soup maker.

How easy was the soup maker to use?

Even easier than the chopping! It was so simple to use. You add the ingredients to the soup maker, fill with stock to the fill level and add spices, then you’re ready to go. 20 minutes later I had freshly made soup and a chunk of homemade bread.

Any bad points?

The soup maker blends the ingredients a couple of times with the stock which is a tad noisy, but it lasts for 10 seconds. It startled me the first time as I wasn’t expecting it but it wasn’t an inconvenience or annoying as it was just a short burst.

Would you make this recipe again?

I already have done – and tried a few more too. All have been delicious (albeit perhaps a little too spicy).

Overall, what did you think of the soup maker?

It’s an attractive piece of kit for the kitchen. I always try to make my own food rather than buying meals from the shop, and have made soup before without a soup maker.  This process was just as easy, and cleaning the machine is simple, just rinse with warm water after use and it’s as good as new, ready for the next batch!

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