Every Christmas, we seem to buy far too much cheese. So, what could I do with that last piece of beautiful Stilton still waiting to be eaten? What else did I have in the fridge? Broccoli, spring onions and celery; it seemed like soup might be the answer and it was! This is a very easy soup to make and full of flavour. Make it for a satisfying everyday lunch with rustic chunks of crusty bread, or as a dinner party starter pimped up with crispy croutons, swirls of cream, extra crumbled cheese, chopped herbs, crushed walnuts etc. – you get the idea.
You will need…
- A large head of broccoli, chopped into pieces, stalk and all
- A bunch of spring onions, trimmed and chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 sticks of celery, destrung and chopped
- 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
- 140g Stilton cheese
- Sea salt
- Ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon of double cream
- 20g butter
- 1.5 litres of chicken stock made with a good quality stock cube (I use Kallo organic)
- 1 dessertspoon of rapeseed oil
- Melt the butter and oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan.
- Add the chopped onion, celery, spring onions and potato and sweat gently for about ten minutes. It shouldn’t brown or take on any colour.
- Add the broccoli and the stock. Stir and bring it to a simmer. Cook for ten minutes until the vegetables soften.
- Take it off the heat and blend with a stick blender until silky smooth. If you don’t want just a smooth soup, reserve some of the whole pieces of the vegetables and add them back to add extra texture after you’ve blended the rest.
- Crumble in the Stilton and stir until melted.
- Check for seasoning and adjust with salt and white pepper. The cheese and stock will already contain salt so only add more if you think it needs it.
- Serve straightaway or cool, refrigerate and heat it up again gently when you need it.
- It freezes well – those ‘Pour and Store’ bags are perfect.