Gruyère & vegetable soup

Gruyère & vegetable soup

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Cooking time

Ready in 45-55 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Roz Denny creates a delicously rich, wintry and cheesy soup - serve with a hunk of crusty bread

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
424
protein
17g
carbs
24g
fat
30g
saturates
15g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
1.82g

Ingredients

  • 1 medium leek
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • 1 small potato weighing about 175g/6oz, peeled
  • 1 stick of celery or half a small bulb of fennel
  • 1 medium onion
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 sprigs of thyme stripped of their leaves or 2 pinches of dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 700ml vegetable stock or chicken stock (using a cube)
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 small head broccoli, trimmed into small florets, stalk discarded
  • small handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 140g Gruyère, coarsely grated

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Method

  1. Wash and trim the leek, cut off and discard half the green top, then thinly slice. Peel and chop the carrot and potato into a small dice. Thinly slice the celery or fennel into bite-size sticks and dice the onion. The vegetables should all be of roughly the same size.
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a medium pan and gently sweat all the vegetables, except the broccoli, with the thyme leaves for about 10 minutes, stirring every now and then until softened, but not coloured.
  3. Add the flour to the pan and stir for a minute until it all becomes pasty, then slowly stir in the stock. Bring to the boil, stirring until thick then add the milk, season well and reduce to a simmer.
  4. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes, then add the broccoli florets and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until the broccoli is just cooked. When ready to serve, stir in most of the parsley, then ladle the hot soup into four bowls. Scatter each serving with the cheese and remaining parsley, for your diners to stir in. The gruyère will melt into strings, which is all part of its charm.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2004

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zoldor's picture
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I'm a male student, but this was a fairly easy for me to cook. Really tasty as well. Not very certain how healthy this is, but most certainly worth the effort.

twinkledome's picture
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This is a great basic soup, my one year old really liked it. I added bacon bits at the start and perked it up with some Dijon mustard at the end, about two teaspoons. Worked really well.

estpyz's picture
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This soup is so good I even had a dream about it. Sad, I know.

kim_hunter_123's picture
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Feelings are same as the majority; quite bland average soup, even after trying to spice it up with a teaspoon of green curry paste and mustard, still was pretty plain. Good if you like chunky soup but more like a chowdry.

sara-jo's picture

Ive just made this soup and it was delicious :-) I used Irish Mature Cheddar instead of Gruyere and it was really good.. My little boy who is 1yr absolutely LOVED it, i will definately be making this again :-)

ingamartin's picture

i did not have carrots but loads of tomatoes at home at that time, tastes great even without cheese!

amyaitkenhead's picture
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I have been making this since it was in the magazine in 2004.
Great soup, easy to make. Very tasty. The gruyere gives it a nice flavour, but you could use any mature cheese.

lemon_farmer's picture
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Wish I'd listened to the comments before forking out a fiver on cheese. This soup is indeed extremely ordinary, lacking in flavour and depth - there are far better vegetable soups to be had, I wouldn't make this again.

mel576's picture
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this is lovely i make it with cheddar cheese instead of gruyere and its a massive hit with friends and children....

hazysummer's picture
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made this with and without gruyere cheese

its better without...

this soup won't change your world - but is a tasty, easy golden vegetable soup - that goes well with a hunk of brown bread for a weekend lunch, and uses basic ingredients that are usually knocking round the kitchen

natalie208's picture
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I thought this was really just a pretty ordinary vegetable soup, having said that it was still quite edible and both my mum and boyfriend enjoyed it.

sonulya's picture
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Simple and good.

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