On a cold day, get cosy with a big warm bowl of Broccoli and Stilton Soup. It's an easy soup to batch cook, and save for another day.
A little bit like Marmite, there are two clear groups of people who either hate or love blue cheese like Stilton.
If you're one of the haters, please look away or perhaps go and check out this Chicken and Sweetcorn Chinese Style Soup instead.
And, if you're still with me, let's get on with the delicious recipe.
Broccoli and Stilton soup
Broccoli and Stilton soup is a perfect way to use up leftovers.
Cheese won't last forever, and veg goes limp after a while, so a bowl of soup is a great warming way to keep your tummy full.
It doesn't take a long time to cook either.
Instead of reaching for a tin can in the supermarket, get cooking and have a lovely lunch in next to no time.
From a waste point of view, don't just use the florets.
You can use the whole stalk of the broccoli to get even more flavour.
Also, if you don't have Stilton, using any other blue cheese should work out fine.
How to cook Broccoli and Stilton soup
Rather than boiling your broccoli on the hob, use your microwave.
It's quicker to cook, keeps more nutrients in, and is cheaper to run than using a cooker.
In the meantime, soften your onions in a pan.
These add extra flavour to your soup.
We find spring onions better than a brown onion as it gives a lighter taste.
Once you've cooked the broccoli, add it to a blender with everything else and blitz it.
Then it's just a matter of getting your soup back on the hob and making sure it's thoroughly heated.
Make sure you've got some crusty bread to dip in your soup and enjoy!
Can you freeze broccoli and blue cheese soup?
If you're planning to store it, make sure to fully cool the soup down and keep it in an airtight container or a tightly sealable freezer bag.
You need to give some space in whatever you store the soup in as it will expand when it freezes. If you don't leave the room, then you may well have soup everywhere.
The soup should be ok to freeze for three months and fine in the fridge for up to three days.
When it comes to reheating your soup, make sure to defrost it in the fridge overnight first.
Heat it on the hob over medium-low heat and stir regularly.
You may find the soup has become a little thick because of the cream, but that's ok. Look to add a little milk or cream as you're heating it until you get the consistency you want.
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Broccoli and Stilton Soup Recipe - 65p per serving
- 1 large piece of broccoli 65p
- 500 ml vegetable stock 5p
- 1 tablespoon margarine/spread 2p
- 5 spring onions 30p
- 1 chilli (optional) 20p
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt 8p
- 120 g stilton 93p
- 120 ml double cream 38p
- Cut the broccoli into small pieces, place into a microwavable bowl and pour vegetable stock over the top. Place cling film over the top, pierce a couple of holes and place in the microwave 5 - 8 minutes until the broccoli is soft.
- In a deep non-stick frying pan melt the margarine, add the spring onions and chilli (if using) and cook for 2 minutes on a high heat. Then add the garlic cook for a further minute, and transfer into a blender.
- Add the broccoli and stock into the blender, along with the stilton and cream, and blitz to a smooth consistency.
- Transfer back into the non-stick pan, add salt and pepper to taste, bring to boil.