Rich and creamy with that feeling of decadence about it, this broccoli and stilton soup is a great one to whip up when you have extra stilton cheese in the fridge and a hankering for something tasty and a bit special too.
January, Christmas is over, the dreaded diet is looming as my jeans strain to contain my mince thighs. Alas, the larder and fridge still groan under the weight of all the festive food still to be consumed.
Why do we always assume imminent apocalypse at Christmas and buy-in enough food to feed an army? In an effort to use up some of this bounty I’m making Broccoli and Stilton soup today. Soup, yes that’s heading towards healthy, isn’t it?
Soup is always my line of thought when faced with muchness in the leftovers department. Today the fridge is hosting some broccoli, which quite frankly has seen better days, creme fraiche and of course a vast quantity of Stilton cheese.
Ingredients for broccoli and stilton soup
Your soup base is onion, not even garlic, just onion. I feel this keeps the flavour of the broccoli shining and with the tang from the stilton, there is no need to deepen the flavour.
Broccoli of course, just chop up those florets and stalks too as there is so much flavour in them.
Creme fraiche and of course good old stilton cheese. If you don’t have stilton then any blue cheese would do well in this simple recipe really.
Vegetable stock or chicken if you prefer.
How to make broccoli and stilton soup
Start by sauteing the onion for about five minutes. You want to soften it and bring out the flavour. But you don’t want it to go brown and caramelised as that will not work with this soup.
Add the broccoli to the pan for another five minutes. Remember when I said to chop the stalks too. Well before you chuck all that broccoli into the soup pan reserve some of the tiny bits of floret as they look really good as a garnish for your soup and add a lovely fresh crunch too.
Next comes the stock and just let everything simmer for about twenty minutes till that broccoli is lovely and tender. Then add your crumbled stilton cheese. Again save some tiny crumbles of cheese to finish off your bowls.
Whip out your wand blender (or carefully ladle the hot soup into a blender then back into the pan0 and blend till rich and creamy and smooth.
Now is the time to season to taste and stir through that creme Fraiche. If you don’t have this then cream will do just as well.
Your broccoli and stilton soup should keep well in the fridge for up to four days and will freeze for up to six months.
I like to freeze soup in freezer-proof bags laid flat on a tray then when solid I can file them upright and save valuable freezer space.
So that’s it folks, your first recipe for the new decade of 2020 and it couldn’t be easier. My Broccoli and Stilton Soup is so tasty and a great way of using up the dreaded Stilton.
In fact, why not invite some neighbours round and serve it for lunch. Share that goodness with everyone just one more time!
So Happy New Year everyone, may 2020 bring you everything you wish for. May your post-Christmas diet prove successful and always remember that no matter how much cheese is in there, this is soup and soup is healthy so you really are starting off the New Year in a healthy way………..
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Broccoli and Stilton Soup
- hand blender
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 600 g broccoli chopped into florets
- 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
- 300 g Stilton cheese
- 150 ml creme fraiche
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion for 5 minutes
- Add the broccoli florets and cook for a further 5 minutes
- Pour in the stock and simmer for 15 minutes
- Crumble in the Stilton cheese and cook for further 5 minutes
- Use a hand blender to cream the soup
- Stir through the creme fraiche and season well with salt and pepper
- Serve with little bits of broccoli and crumbled stilton on top