I bought a Cuisinart soup maker last autumn. It was a conscious decision that we made to increase our vegetable intake. Plus nice warm soup helps to keep us warm during those colder days.
This is the recipe I like to use:
Set the soup maker to 25 minutes and full power.
Add 2 cloves of chopped garlic & 1 chopped onion in 10mls of olive oil to the soup maker and stir until it is browned.
Then add a tin of chopped tomatoes, 4 chopped potatoes, a squeeze of tomato puree, a Knorr chicken stock pot, and water to bring up to the mark on the soup maker.
Stir every few minutes and once it is boiling, reduce the heat to lowest setting. Once the time is up, add a table spoon of sugar, 75mls of semi-skimmed milk and 8 basil leaves. Then blitz the soup until the right texture for you. I tend to use setting three as we do like our soup nice and smooth.
The soup maker does all the cooking and blending, and is also very easy to clean afterwards. Which makes it less of a chore to make soup.