Monday, February 21, 2011

BROCCOLI AND STILTON SOUP WITH STILTON CROUTONS

Yum
A bowl of warm homemade soup, especially on a cold grey day, is a joy.

If you have any left over pieces of Stilton Cheese in the freezer, this recipe is perfect for using them up. The soup doesn't take too long to make, and you are rewarded with a wonderful pan of freshly made soup. I'm not suggesting for one minute you should make the baguette to go with the soup.........

This exceedingly delicious recipe is by Antony Worrall Thompson from his days as presenter of Saturday Kitchen.

Ingredients
350g/12oz broccoli, florets and stalks cut into small pieces
400ml/14fl oz vegetable stock
25g/1oz butter
4 spring onions, finely sliced
50g/1¾oz Stilton, crumbled, or to taste
100ml/3½fl oz double cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
For the croûtons
4 slices French bread
100g/3½oz Stilton, sliced
Method
For the soup, place the pieces of broccoli into a glass bowl. Pour over the vegetable stock.
Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the microwave. Cook on full power for four minutes, or until tender.
Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot then add the butter. When it starts to foam, add the spring onions and cook for one minute.
Transfer the cooked broccoli and stock to a food processor. Add the fried spring onions, Stilton and cream and blend until smooth.
Transfer the blended mixture to a pan and bring gently to a simmer.
Meanwhile, for the croûtons, toast the French bread under a grill until golden-brown on each side.
Top the grilled bread with the slices of Stilton and return to the grill until golden-brown and bubbling.
Season the soup with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
Divide the soup equally among four warm bowls and top each with a Stilton croûton.

9 comments :

Antonia said...

Perfect for the chilly weather. We still have lots of pots of turkey stock left in the freezer from Christmas and it makes a delicious base for soups like this.

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

oh I love a bowl of Stilton and Broccoli soup... packs such a punch of flavour... but most of all I love those croutons... divine!

Choclette said...

I've never actually made this soup but keep thinking I should as it sounds just my sort of thing. Like the stilton on toast idea to go with it too.

johnboy said...

I love Broccoli cheese soup, but I can't say I know this "STILTON"
Looks great though.

Hazel said...

I am very much into my blue cheese at the moment and it is awfully wet and cold outside - this seems like the perfect solution to brighten my day! My mouth is watering for those stilton croutons...

The Caked Crusader said...

Lovely. Those croutons look good enough to eat on their own...but with the soup - divine!

Lin, pain d'épices et chocolat said...

It will be quite easy for me to find a good fresh baguette... but not the Stilton Cheese!... but we have Roquefort, Bleu des Causses and Bleu d'Auvergne...

Sammie said...

I've never made broccoli soup but I love broccoli and my husband does too. We have some cold days ahead and this looks like a great rainy day lunch!

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

MMMMMMMMM,...What a delectable & tasty soup!!

I love all of his tasty recipes! He rocks!