Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup

Congratulations to Belinda who has won the fabulous Soup and Co.  Her comment was as follows:

Our family and school soup day favourite is Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder, a deliciously thick, filling and nutritious soup that smells divine!!
With 4 younger children at home and a husband with MS, the cleaning function would HAVE to be my pick of features, anything that saves me time (especially cleaning up as I work nights) has got my stamp of approval!!
This would be perfect for our household as I work 5/6 nights per week and am always preparing dinners ahead – this way I can get everything prepped and hubby can just “press a button” and voila – dinner in half an hour. You little ripper!

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This super delicious and nutritious pumpkin and quinoa soup was made under test circumstances! I had been given a Soup and Co by Tefal to review. According to the makers the Soup and Co creates delicious, healthy soups in just 25 minutes, with minimal effort.

I wanted to see if I could really make this machine work for me. I have been wary of buying machines that have numbers and programs, worried that I will be stuck having to cook their recipes. If you have been reading the blog for a while you will know that lots of the recipes I cook come from combinations of my favorite parts of multiple recipes.

I cooked my first, a Red Lentil Curry Soup as per the instructions and it was ridiculously easy to make and tasted great. The kids weren’t so keen on it, but I knew they wouldn’t be and actually made it for me to freeze for my lunches!

But I needed to see if I could make the Soup and Co work well for me with other recipes, particularly those of my own creation. So I decided to try a brand new soup after dropping master 11 at footy training and see if I could have it ready for us to eat as soon as I came back from picking him up.

Verdict = success!

For the soup I knew I wanted to have pumpkin, some other veggies and quinoa as the ingredients. The manual which comes with the Soup and Co gives you almost a type of formula for the quantities, which you can mix around:

  • There are examples if how much liquid you need for the quantities if veggies used.
  • The harder veggies liks carrots will need longer to cook, more like the 35 min max.
  • Smoother soups cook on setting one.

With all the right ingredients on hand, I set about making the soup and it was indeed ready to serve when we came in from football training!

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup

Ingredients:

  • 800 mls vegetable stock
  • 1 medium onion (100 grams)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 600 grams pumpkin
  • 2 large carrots (200 grams)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • pepper
  • salt

Method:
Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
I started making the Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup just before 5pm.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
Preparing all the ingredients took me about 25 minutes, but after that all my hard work was done. The rest was up to the Soup and Co.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
I added the veggies and the quinoa.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
Then the stock.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
Put the lid on and set the program on number one and extended the time to 35 minutes and let it go.

I had time to quickly tidy up and stack dishes I had used in the dishwasher and put on a load of washing, before leaving to pick up master 11 from footy training.

The Soup and Co will keep soups warm for 40 minutes after the program has finished.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
Back home from the footy training run and the Soup and Co was keeping our soup warm.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
This was a very big amount of soup – I had filled the bowl to the absolute maximum and as such there were still a couple of chunks.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
I used the blender function for a minute to make it smoother, which is my preference.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
6.22pm and we were all sitting down to some beautiful Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup and toast. And these test conditions were the real deal, complete with sibling squabbling and preschooler over tired melt down interruptions!

The Soup and Co has a cleaning function as well. Once you use that, it is just a matter of wiping out with a sponge and the Soup and Co is ready to go again.

You could easily cook this soup in a traditional stock pot. Simply follow the instructions for my Pumpkin Soup recipe, but use the ingredients listed above.

Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup
 
Author::
Recipe type: soup
Ingredients:
  • 800 mls vegetable stock
  • 1 medium onion (100 grams)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 600 grams pumpkin
  • 2 large carrots (200 grams)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • pepper
  • salt
Method:
  1. I started making the Pumpkin and Quinoa Soup just before 5pm.
  2. Preparing all the ingredients took me about 25 minutes, but after that all my hard work was done. The rest was up to the Soup and Co.
  3. I added the veggies and the quinoa.
  4. Then the stock.
  5. Put the lid on and set the program on number one and extended the time to 35 minutes and let it go.
  6. The Soup and Co will keep soups warm for 40 minutes after the program has finished.
  7. This was a very big amount of soup – I had filled the bowl to the absolute maximum and as such there were still a couple of chunks.
  8. I used the blender function for a minute to make it smoother, which is my preference.

 

What else can the Soup and Co do?

For the price of $299.95 and the space it would take up, I wanted to test out what else it could do.

I can happily tell you it makes fantastic smoothies:

Berry Smoothie
Same recipe as here – Berry Smoothie – using the Soup and Co, but much easier as I could make it in bulk.

Protein Smoothie
Protein Smoothie

I used it to make a cake:
Teacake - Apple and Cinnamon
Apple and Cinnamon Teacake

And it also works just as a traditional blender and has an ice function to crush ice.

Soup and Co Review
This will be an appliance I will be using frequently through out my week. I have happily moved it from the window box, where I photographed the Soup and Co for light purposes and given it its own special place on my kitchen bench.

Soup and Co Give Away

Thanks to Tefal, one lucky reader of Planning With Kids will win their very own Soup and Co!

To enter visit the Tefal website and then leave a comment here to tell me which one of the features of the Soup and Co you like the best and what soup they would like to cook using the machine.

The following conditions apply to this give away:

    • The giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
    • You may only enter once.
    • Entries close at 5pm Mon 30th July and will be announced on the blog Monday 13th August.
    • Planning With Kids will shortlist 10 entries and representatives from Tefal will select the final winner.
    • Winner will be notified by email and if a response isn’t received within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.
    • Good luck!

For more recipe ideas, useful tips and chances to win, connect with Tefal on the Tefal facebook page and twitter account.

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179 comments...read them below or add one

  • Kate M July 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Soup in 25 minutes, Quick Cleaning and can make smoothies?
    Im in Tefal Soup/Smoothie Heaven! I’m already envisioning Potato & Leek or Pumpkin & Red Lentil soups…and fresh Smoothies to help detox this Spring!

  • Judith perez July 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Its. A. Must to have. For a working. Woman on the. Move. With fussy kids a 10 years all that his solution of. Meal is. Always. Soup and. Its good. Because that wayi can pu any. Ingredient. And he can eat it without. Prolem. Plus a fussy little. 14 months. Teething that. Is like. A. 4 months. Old. Now just. Soups, and. Smooth. Food plus a indulgence. For. Mum to prepare some healthy smoothies. Or natural jfrappe. Juices

  • sharron smith July 30, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I think people forget soup is a meal for those trying to save money or lose weight this machine by itself is magic

  • Falon downing July 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I love that it’s so versatile and can also be a blender. Anything to cut down clutter is great!

  • Angela Gardiner July 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love that this is a soup maker and blender in one! Planning with Kids has great soup and smoothie recipes so it would be wonderful to be able to make both so easily with the one machine. With a 2 year old who has only in the past couple of weeks discovered the yumminess of soup – the quick cooking time and keep warm features are a winner too. If I had the Tefal Soup & Co I would make pumpkin soup like my mum made for my sisters and I when we were younger – though not as quickly!

  • Leanne D July 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

    The self cleaning program sounds fantastic, anything to make cleaning easier for sure. Potato and Lentil soup is my favourite homemade soup so this is the one I would love to make in this whizz bang machine.

  • Andrea Eleveld July 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This is going to be perfect to start doing soup making classes for friends and family. I’m thinking beans and lamb hock to start! Yum!

  • Philippa C July 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I love the fact that I can spend 25 minutes in the kitchen, instead of my usual hour preparing and making a soup, and yet there are no short cuts – I’m still offering my family something just as wholesome, healthy and appetising. My first Tefal creation would be Moroccan flavoured sweet potato, lamb and leek soup, with mint and spices.

  • Nicola July 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I love that It crushes ice as well as makes soup, so would be in use all year round! I would make my Nanna’s pea and ham soup, deeeeelish!

  • Belinda Fletcher July 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I can’t decide it I like the self cleaning function better or the fact it does the job of a few different appliances. Both are important features in my book! I’d love to use this to make my yummy cauliflower and bacon soup.

  • Stacey Gladman July 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love that it will cook it while I’m away, and then blend it to perfection – no more kitchen being sprayed with soup!

  • Chris Francis July 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I love the soup making in next to no time. Very handy as a working parent with kids who want to know whats for dinner the minute they walk in the door and want food quickly. No reason for junk food now. Healthy meals in record time is definitely for me.

  • Tracey Holland July 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I have always wanted one of these, I LOOOVEEE soup! and my favourite is a lamb and lentil soup, flavoured with garlic and lemon, delish!

  • Tracey Holland July 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Forgot to mention the feature I like best “Automatically switches to the Keep Warm setting for 40 minutes once cooking has finished”

  • Carissa M July 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Soup is the only thing that all of my family love, including 2 teens, this is a product quick and easy enough for anyone one of us to throw in some vegies and create their own favorite soup recipe or fruit smoothies for that sweet treat!. And self clean, just those words bring me joy!

  • Lydia Travers July 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Wow! I had no idea such a wonderful contraption exists! I love the whole idea of it – I cannot believe how convenient and easy it is.

    Nicole, I love this Pumpkin and Quinoa soup you have posted. I am a fan of quinoa – it is a great source of protein. I have had quinoa for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now I will also have to try it in soup! :-)

  • Crystal McFarlane July 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Automatic cleaning program – any less cleaning for me is a blessing!

  • Jean July 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The self-cleaning feature sounds neat and I’d try Easy Pumpkin soup–maybe with quinoa too.

  • Vija July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Soups are a delicious big vitamin pill. For some reason, a bowl seems enough after you have eaten it, but half and hour later or so, you think, “hmmm, I could do with another bowl”. The keep warm up to 40 mins function is this soup lover’s dream.

  • tracy wedding July 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I love that it Automatically switches to the Keep Warm setting for 40 minutes once cooking has finished because Im renown for forgetting I have things cooking

  • sarah July 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Would it be inappropriate to declare the ice crushing feature and resulting daiquiri-making capabilities as the the most appealing? Definitely daiquiri soup.

  • Vivian July 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I love the fact that I can serve my family a nutritious soup for dinner that only took minutes to prepare and cook.

  • Cheryl July 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love that you can make the soup chunky or smooth — that’s really great, as it’s nice to have the option depending on what you’re making. And that it keeps warm for 40 minutes. For busy mums that’s a great advantage as I don’t need to have everyone ready to eat as soon as I’ve blended the soup. We love smoothies too so it’s great to be able to use the same machine for that too.
    We love broccoli soup, and I am so glad that my kids will eat a soup that’s full of so much goodness so that would definitely be my first choice of what to make.

  • Ali July 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Hard to decide between cooks in 25 mins or self cleaning, both sound good to me. As a self employed, Mum of 3 boys, time is something I never have enough of, so I love gadgets and appliances that save me having to stand at the stove for an hour to get dinner on the table. I like the sound of the Chicken Tom Yam for fighting of the cold and flu bugs at this time of year – nothing worse than 3 boys off school with “man flu”.

  • Lisa Benda July 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    The perfect item for busy mums. I think the function that keeps it warm for 40 minutes is the best feature – allows you time to jump over any hurdles the kids throw at you before serving dinner!

  • Leanne Pattinson July 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Automatic Cleaning Program – Is there anything more to say! But if I have to say something else, I’ll put it next to my slow cooker, my other staple winter appliance.
    Thank You.

  • ange July 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’m a huge soup fan. I always love to have a bowl (or more) for lunch during winter, to fill up on, to keep the calories down. I also love how many different vegies you can hide in there and your kids just lap it up! I’m not a big fan of cleaning, so the cleaning program sounds fabulous. And pumpkin soup is my families favourite, so I’d give that a go first.

  • Annette C July 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    My favourite feature of the Soup and Co is the healthy feature, in all that you can make soups, smoothies. iceblocks and more. To loose weight, treats for the kids and a meal to make someones elses day easy. O the magic cleaning function just beaut.

  • Annaleis Topham July 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I like that it has an ice function. My blender really doesn’t do that well…great for smoothies or maybe cocktails.

    I would love that it cooks and blends so I wouldn’t have so many processes to make my pumpkin soup.