Broccoli & stilton soup

Broccoli & Stilton soup

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(106 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
A smooth blended vegetable soup with blue cheese that's as good for a comforting meal as it is for a dinner party starter

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal340
  • fat21g
  • saturates9.6g
  • carbs13.8g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre6.9g
  • protein24.3g
  • salt1.4g
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  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 stick celery, sliced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 leek, sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 medium potato, diced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 knob butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1l low salt or homemade chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 head broccoli, roughly chopped



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 140g Stilton, or other blue cheese, crumbled



    A true glory of British cheese-making that has much controversy about its origins, how it's…


  1. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large saucepan and then add the onions. Cook on a medium heat until soft. Add a splash of water if the onions start to catch.

  2. Add the celery, leek, potato and a knob of butter. Stir until melted, then cover with a lid. Allow to sweat for 5 minutes. Remove the lid.

  3. Pour in the stock and add any chunky bits of broccoli stalk. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes until all the vegetables are soft.

  4. Add the rest of the broccoli and cook for a further 5 minutes. Carefully transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth. Stir in the stilton, allowing a few lumps to remain. Season with black pepper and serve.

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5th Jan, 2017
Absolutely delicious! I didn't have vegetable or chicken stock so I used beef stock. Next time though, I will only add 100g of Stilton instead of 140g. It felt a tiny bit heavy for my personal taste with so much cheese! But overall, it was really tasty! Will definitely make it again!
25th Dec, 2016
A great soup. Full of flavour. I didn't add celery but instead used two leeks and two heads of broccoli including the stalk. I also used 180g of Stilton and this was perfect. Will be making regularly. 10/10
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6th Dec, 2016
Yummy! Quick, easy and very, very tasty.
13th Nov, 2016
A delicious soup, I made twice the amount and froze some to keep me going over the winter and it was equally as delicious when defrosted.
29th May, 2016
Lovely soup & really easy to make! Will definitely make this again, perhaps for a dinner party.
9th Mar, 2016
Was determined to follow recipe..unfortunately my OH had used the onions and the white potatoes! so two leeks and half a sweet potato went in instead with the celery... and some blue cheese (leftover from goodness knows when?) result delicious, very tasty.
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26th Feb, 2016
A wonderful soup, i used goats cheese instead of stilton.
24th Feb, 2016
I didn't have broccoli so using asparagus .. making for my mum's 95th birthday ... will let you know ;-)
30th Jan, 2016
I have commented on this dish already, very very tasty. I wanted to do a variation, so I've recently left out the stilton, then put in a red chilli and red pepper, WOW amazing soup! I increased the volume a little and had it for lunch every day last week!!! Beautiful!
12th Jan, 2016
This was lovely, I had a very large onion and a very large leek and probably less broccoli than I should have had because I wanted to use some up, but. . . stilton and leek, stilton and celery, yum yum! I wasn't sure on the amount of potato but I used a medium one. Definitely recommend this.

26th Jul, 2016
Can you tell me please why Good Food magazine has stopped putting "suitable for freezing" if suitable above their receipes?
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16th Aug, 2016
Hi, thank you for your comment. Rest assured, we are still including the blue star that indicates a recipe is suitable for freezing on all our freezable recipes - you'll find it just below the social media icons at the top of the recipe. We don't recommend this one for freezing but if you'd like to, for best results, freeze before adding the blue cheese, reheat and then finish the recipe as above. Hope that helps.
4th Jan, 2016
can this soup be frozen?
3rd Aug, 2015
Just cooking..... Can this soup be frozen?
11th Nov, 2013
Do you recommend any particular brand of cheese ?
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29th Jan, 2014
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. Any blue cheese similar to Stilton will work well, so pick one you like the best. Thanks, BBC Good Food web team.
17th Oct, 2013
can this soup be frozen
16th Jan, 2014
Have only just seen your comment. I have frozen it and it came out brilliantly, I let it defrost in fridge and not the microwave. Hope this helps.
3rd Feb, 2014
This is a very good soup, but what is off is not the quantity of broccoli but the quantity of cheese - 150gr strangle the broccoli taste. I have found that 50gr gives a good balance for my taste. At any rate, do not add all the cheese at once. Add, taste, adjust.
6th Feb, 2014
I think the recipe states 140g of Stilton not 150g but I used white Stilton and didn't think that it overpowered the taste of the broccoli ,I also added a small amount of cream at the end and found this soup so delicious