Broccoli and Stilton soup

Broccoli & Stilton Soup
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 gel stockpot (I use Kallo organic)
  • 1 dessertspoon of rapeseed oil

To make…

  • 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.

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About Janet Davies @pigeoncottage

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3 Responses to Broccoli and Stilton soup

  1. Ema Jones says:

    I’m a great fan of the Cheesy yummzz!

  2. Delicious – a classic 🙂

  3. Pingback: Soup, glorious soup! | Pigeon Cottage Kitchen

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