If it’s one thing I have learned so far about the Thermomix is that it makes kick-ass soups without the user even breaking a sweat. I’m a soup maker from way back…I come from a line of Russian Germans who ate soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My mom was my soup mentor and I know had she owned a Thermomix, we would’ve had soup three times a day as well.

Having the kids out of school all of last week gave me the perfect excuse to get busy soupin’ it up in the kitchen. I tried my hand at the yam ginger soup that Valerie made for me a couple of weeks ago. A cutting board, a chopping knife and the Thermomix bowl are the only props you’re going to have to wash. Nice.

The recipe calls for onion, ginger, olive oil, yams, potato, cashews, stock, milk, salt and pepper. Once you get those together, put 50 g onion and 5 g ginger go into the bowl, hit the 5 speed button for 3 seconds and boom. Chopped perfectly.  (The built-in scale allows you to weigh everything in the bowl without having to use other utensils or scales.) Add the oil, turn the heat to 100 degrees, set the timer for 3 minutes and sit back and inhale the beautiful scent as the ingredients sauté.

Add the yam, potato, cashews and stock and cook for 10 minutes. Once that’s done, hit the 10 speed button to puree the ingredients to a silky smooth consistency.

Add milk, salt and pepper to taste and there you have it. Gorgeous, delicious, healthy soup–from cutting board to bowl in less than 20 minutes.

I think it’s safe to say the kids liked it just fine.