Dreamy and creamy are the words that describe Vitamix soups. Puréed soups are the culinary equivalent of a warm hug – cozy, comforting, and soothing. Even better, all the Vitamix soup recipes I am going to share with you rely on a wide range of seasonal produce, including broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, squashes, and many more.
Soup is a regular occurrence in our house all year round – cooling and refreshing in the summer; warming and nourishing in the winter. A few years ago, I got into the habit of making soup on a daily basis. My family learned to anticipate it, and we have been consistently bringing new soups into the rotation to stand alongside our favorites.
The “favorites” are primarily puréed soups. I don’t even have to ask my kids what type of soup they want because the answer is always the same “it doesn’t matter as long as it’s puréed”. So, what is the trick to making the most mouth-watering creamy soups?
A high-speed blender, such as the Vitamix, is your best bet for the creamiest soup around. Sure, you can use a standard or an immersion blender, but high-speed blenders* are simply more powerful. That means they can effortlessly blend tough, stringy, and/or fibrous ingredients (such as kale, parsley, ginger …) and deliver the texture you’re looking for.
A lot of horsepower also means you can blend continuously for several minutes on high speed. The friction of Vitamix blades can make steaming-hot soup in under 10 minutes. If the ingredients are already hot, it takes just a minute or two to purée everything together. How does Vitamix heat soups? The blades are specially designed to spin at a rate of 500 times per second, which creates friction energy. With every passing minute, the temperature increases by 10°C.
When making soup in a Vitamix blender, all you need to do is add in your raw ingredients and blend on high speed for about 4-5 minutes. Depending on the ingredients you’re using, you might want to cook them first. This is because Vitamix isn’t really cooking (it doesn’t have any cooking mechanism); it’s just heating whatever you’re making. So, if you want to add potatoes to your soups, for instance, you need to cook them separately first.
*If you’d like to buy a Vitamix blender and need help deciding which model would best suit you, check out this handy blender recommender tool. You can also refer to this review with the most popular Vitamix blenders.
Tips for Making Blended Soups
Puréed soups are easy to prepare. All you need are vegetables (raw, roasted, sautéed, steamed …. ), liquid (water, broth, stock …), acid (lemon juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, wine …), seasonings, and that’s it. In about 10 minutes, your steaming soup will be ready. Once you get the hang of basic soup-making, you can start experimenting by adding new flavors to introduce a little more complexity.
Another way to get creative is by using toppings. Chopped herbs like parsley, cilantro, chives, or basil are great for adding another flavor dimension as well as some texture. For even more texture, throw in some crunchy croutons, toasted seeds, chopped nuts, or even hard-roasted vegetables. For an extra kick, stir in hot sauce or sprinkle a little bit of cayenne pepper on top.
Since soups are one of the easiest meals to freeze, it pays off to make a large batch and freeze some for later. Many of the rules for freezing soup come down to holding back the ingredients that won’t freeze well (pretty much anything except for dairy) and then adding them back in when you reheat the soup later.
Vitamix Soup Recipes
After sharing all these soup blending tips with you, all that remains are Vitamix soup recipes. Here are some of my favorite Vitamix soup recipes you can enjoy year round. Here is a video with all the Vitamix soup recipes listed below.
This broccoli soup is packed with vegetables but you would never know. It has the most luxurious texture – creamy, velvety smooth, and rich – and undoubtedly falls into the comfort food category. In this Vitamix soup recipe, broccoli is puréed together with parsley and avocado to not only boost the nutritional profile, but also further accentuate the green color.
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
This 5-ingredient soup is full of incredible flavors – roasted garlic and onions, sweet charred tomatoes and red bell peppers, fresh basil … This Vitamix soup is similar to classic tomato soup with the addition of sweet bell pepper. It’s the perfect side dish to salads and sandwiches or even a lighter stand-alone meal. (I am currently updating my cookbook with dinner recipes. This recipe is one of the new recipes, so unfortunately, you won’t be able to find it on my blog).
This butternut squash soup is everything you expect from a traditional butternut squash soup. It’s sweet, silky, and slightly spicy. Although the list of ingredients is rather simple, the end result offers an exceptionally rich flavor. It’s one of our favorite Vitamix soup recipes.
This cream of cauliflower soup uses no cream or cheese but is still rich and creamy. What makes this cauliflower soup shine is roasted cauliflower with its rich and nutty taste and caramelized aromatics. It’s one of those soups you can eat as an appetizer or a main course.
If you love cream of mushroom soup and want to skip the canned stuff, this soup is your new favorite soup. It’s so creamy, rich, and satisfying that you would never guess it’s dairy-free. It has an enticing texture of fresh mushrooms and a layer of flavor from the humble cauliflower. I could use a thousand words to describe it, but one thing for sure is: you must try it! It’s unbelievable the flavors that can come from so few ingredients.
If you try (or have tried) any of the Vitamix soup recipes, please, let me know in the comments below! It always means a lot when you do.
This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years) and contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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