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Broccoli and Stilton Soup

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Introduction

I use frozen broccoli; actually, frozen organic broccoli, if that makes you feel better. In fact, this is better when made with frozen, and certainly more convenient for an impromptu standby.

I use frozen broccoli; actually, frozen organic broccoli, if that makes you feel better. In fact, this is better when made with frozen, and certainly more convenient for an impromptu standby.

Broccoli and Stilton Soup
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Serves: 4 as a main, 8 as a starter

Metric Cups
  • 3 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil
  • 6 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 kilogram frozen broccoli
  • 1250 millilitres hot vegetable stock (from concentrate or cube)
  • 200 grams crumbled or chopped stilton cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 long fresh red chilli pepper (deseeded & finely chopped (optional))
  • 3 tablespoons garlic flavored oil
  • 6 scallions (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2¼ pounds frozen broccoli
  • 5 cups hot vegetable broth (from concentrate or cube)
  • 1½ cups crumbled or chopped stilton cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 long fresh red chile pepper (deseeded & finely chopped (optional))

Method

  1. Put the garlic oil in a large pan over a medium heat, add the chopped spring onions and cook for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the thyme and the frozen broccoli, and stir in the heat for a minute or so.
  3. Add the hot vegetable stock and the crumbled or chopped Stilton and bring to a bubble, then clamp on the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Liquidize in a blender (or failing that a processor) - in batches - then pour back in the pan and heat if it's cooled too much while blending, and add pepper to taste.
  5. Scatter with a confetti of red chilli dice on serving, if you feel like it.
  1. Put the garlic oil in a large pan over a medium heat, add the chopped scallions and cook for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the thyme and the frozen broccoli, and stir in the heat for a minute or so.
  3. Add the hot vegetable broth and the crumbled or chopped Stilton and bring to a bubble, then clamp on the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Liquidize in a blender (or failing that a processor) - in batches - then pour back in the pan and heat if it's cooled too much while blending, and add pepper to taste.
  5. Scatter with a confetti of red chilli dice on serving, if you feel like it.

Additional Information

For gluten free check that the stock cube or concentrate is one of the gluten free brands.

For gluten free check that the stock cube or concentrate is one of the gluten free brands.

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What 18 Others have said

  • Tasty and super easy. Don't hold back on the Stilton. If you use fresh broccoli you'll most likely need more cooking time (I included the stalks and needed 20 minutes or so) in which case I'd suggest adding the cheese towards the end.

    Posted by laferrereta on 22nd November 2019
  • This soup is delicious and so easy to prepare. I was afraid the cheese would be the dominant flavor but it’s not. The broccoli shines through and the blue cheese adds creaminess and an added something something.

    Posted by kmcsherry on 16th October 2019
  • So easy and quick to make. And works out at around 350 calories per portion (1 serving). Always good to know this info for my diet. This will be a go to favorite In my house this winter. Delicious.

    Posted by DianaMontignacFrance on 15th October 2019
  • A fantastic recipe, which freezes really well, too! I make it every few weeks from September to May for a wonderful warming treat.

    Posted by Didoung on 16th January 2018
  • I love this Nigella recipe and its a regular go-to for me. Its so quick to throw together. Once cooled, it keeps well in the fridge for a few days - if it lasts that long of course ;) A big pot of this on the stove and a huge loaf of crusty bread or sourdough nearby and Im happy.

    Posted by George739 on 10th December 2017
  • Love this soup, especially with a thick crusty piece of bread, and so quick and easy to make.

    Posted by Joe 94 on 29th April 2016
  • Delicious and simple soup. Made using fresh broccoli and garlic cloves and served with toasted french bread spread with creamy stilton.

    Posted by undercoverangel on 16th January 2016
  • Just made this soup. Very easy and tastes delicious.

    Posted by Sonwat on 7th January 2016
  • This is one of my absolute favourite "go-to" soup recipes. Despite the suggestion to use frozen broccoli, I prefer to use fresh, for a slightly thicker consistency. Delicious either way, though!

    Posted by Argonaut on 24th November 2015
  • Saw this was recipe of the day one day this week via Twitter and last night had some leftover broccoli so just made this for lunch! It is sooooooo good.

    Posted by irene.tomli on 23rd October 2015
  • This is the best recipe I've tried as the balance of broccoli to Stilton allowed the flavour of the veg to be the predominant one. Wasn't too salty either. Stuck to Nigella's recipe and served with some nice rye bread.

    Posted by Debonnaire on 1st September 2014
  • I love this soup so easy to make. Have passed this recipe on to many friends. Very good if your on a low carb diet..

    Posted by dang on 5th March 2014
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