Sampling Soup – Broccoli and Stilton

Broccoli and Stilton Soup – photo by Debbie Walker

A rather decadent soup with the blue cheese, but so worth it! I have put off making this one as it’s a lot more calories than the other’s I’ve made, but I thought that if I don’t have a go now, straight after Christmas and New Year, then when is a good time? I was surprised to find that the calories for one portion is just 340 KCal This is not as high as I’d imagined, although it’s a lot if you’re counting calories. However you only need to balance your other food for the day and then I think it’s worth having a dabble. We decided to use this as our main evening meal, adding some delicious fresh baked bread to accompany. However you decide to eat yours, I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil (I used one cal spray light)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 1 knob butter (I did not add this)
  • 1litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 head broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 140g stilton, or other blue cheese, crumbled

Method

  • STEP 1 Heat the oil (or spray light) in a pan and add 1 finely chopped onion. Cook on a medium heat until soft. (Add a splash of water if the onion starts to catch).
  • STEP 2 Add 1 sliced celery stick, 1 sliced leek, 1 diced medium potato and a knob of butter, if using it. Stir until melted, then cover with a lid. Allow to sweat for 5 minutes then remove the lid.
  • STEP 3 Pour in 1l of stock into the soup maker and add all of the ingredients from the pan, also adding the chopped broccoli (you can add the stalk too if desired – chop into small pieces first)
  • STEP 4 Stir in 140g crumbled stilton, allowing a few lumps to remain. Season with black pepper and serve.

Serving hint – Reserve an uncooked broccoli floret, cut it into small pieces and blanch in boiling water for 1 minute. Also reserve a small handful of crumbled cheese. Serve the soup in bowls, then scatter with crumbled cheese and broccoli for a stylish garnish.

serves 4

This recipe is from the BBC Goodfood selection

I hope you give this a go, and enjoy it as much as I did! Or perhaps check out my other Soups that I’ve tried and recommend under the category of ‘Sampling Soup’ here at Focused Friends. And, if you’ve got a favourite low fat / low calorie recipe that you’d like to share or suggest for me to try — please do let me know in the comments, as I’m always looking for inspiration! kind regards, Debbie

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