Monday, 5 January 2015

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

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I've been wanting to make a green soup of some sort for a while now. Most of my usual soup recipes involve root vegetables and come out a sort of muddy brown colour (delicious but not terribly attractive) and I figured it was about time to branch out. This isn't the most healthy of soups, thanks to the cheese, but it is delicious, and the cheese makes it really filling. You could probably swap out the Stilton for some low fat mature Cheddar if you wanted it to be a bit better for you. I just love the colour so much, it's so bright! I was worried it would look kind of swampy and unappetising but I think it looks really fresh and inviting.

If you aren't a blue cheese fan you are dead to me you may still like this as the cheese doesn't come out super strong, but adds a nice bit of depth to the flavour. It's loosely based off this recipe from the BBC good food website but I've adapted it based on what I had in the house.

Ingredients

six shallots, finely chopped
one large leek, sliced
one baking potato, diced
two heads of broccoli, roughly chopped with the stalks removed
1.5l stock
olive oil
 knob of butter
160g Stilton, crumbled

Recipe

Heat the oil in a large saucepan or cooking pot and cook the shallots for a few minutes until soft and slightly browned. Add the leek, potato and butter, and once the butter is melted put the lid on to allow to sweat for five minutes.

Then add the stock and the broccoli and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the broccoli is soft. Leave to cool for about half an hour, and then transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the pot and stir in the Stilton until it is melted in. If you are feeling arty farty leave a little to crumble on top.

9 comments:

Katiecakes said...

Broccoli and Stilton soup is one of my absolute favorites!! So delicious!

Katie xoxo

Sophie said...

I could gobble this up right now!
Sophie
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Matthew Pike said...

I can't get on board with any smelly cheese so I could replace with cheddar, that would work nicely.

Buckets & Spades

Chiara said...

This sounds so good Harriet! I am a sucker for anything with Stilton in it. it's definitely one of my favourite cheeses :-)

Lily Lipstick said...

This looks so good! x

Katie Frank said...

This soup looks so so delicious, yumm!

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Maria Fallon said...

This looks delicious! I'm not a fan of Stilton but I guess I can substitute it for another cheese :)

Maria xxx

Peacock's Hat said...

I love making soup, it makes me feel very healthy and its such an easy way to eat some veg.
I really like making a butternut squash and beetroot soup, which always turns out a funny pink colour!
Next time I get a broccoli in my veg box I definitely think I'll give this a try- love the green against your gorgeous teal Le Creuset as well.