Broccoli and Stilton Soup
Broccoli and stilton is a classic flavour combination, and this verdant green homemade version of the traditional soup can be made as creamy or as cheesy as you like. Or, warm up wintry days with a pan of this. Inspired by deliciousmagazine.co.uk
- 1 head broccoli, florets trimmed, stalk chopped
- Knob of butter for frying
- Olive oil for frying
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 1 large leek, chopped
- 4 spring onions chopped (or 2 large salad onions)
- 2 vegetable stock pots/cubes
- 150g stilton, crumbled
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the broccoli florets and blanch for 3-4 minutes until tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl of ice water and set aside. Pour the cooking water into a large measuring jug and top up with fresh water so you have 1.5 litres in total. Set aside with the broccoli.
- To the same pan, add the butter and a splash of oil. Add the broccoli stalks and remaining veg, season, then cook over a medium-low heat until softened – about 8-10 minutes.
- Add back the cooking water with the stock pots, then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli florets to heat through, then use a stick blender (or a regular blender if you prefer) to purée the soup until smooth (see Make Ahead). Check the seasoning and stir in the stilton (or serve it alongside; see tip).