Broccoli & stilton soup in a patterned bowl with napkin & spoon

Broccoli & stilton soup

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(168 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 2 tbsp rapeseed oil in a large saucepan and then add 1 finely chopped onion. Cook on a medium heat until soft. Add a splash of water if the onion starts to catch.

  2. Add 1 sliced celery stick, 1 sliced leek, 1 diced medium potato and a knob of butter. Stir until melted, then cover with a lid. Allow to sweat for 5 minutes then remove the lid.

  3. Pour in 1l of chicken or vegetable stock and add any chunky bits of stalk from 1 head of broccoli. Cook for 10-15 minutes until all the vegetables are soft.

  4. Add the rest of the roughly chopped broccoli and cook for a further 5 minutes.

  5. Carefully transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth.

  6. Stir in 140g crumbled stilton, allowing a few lumps to remain. Season with black pepper and serve.

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11th Nov, 2018
One of my favourite soups to make. Decided I couldn’t wait until the festive season to make it (usually to use up the over bought Stilton!), so made a batch this afternoon as a comfort dish. Didn’t add the celery but followed everything else. Delicious!
25th Sep, 2018
By far the best soup recipe for broccoli and Stilton it was Devine
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Brigitta Falcini
5th Sep, 2018
My go-to soup. This recipe has served me well over the years. It's super easy, tasty and packed with lots of veg.
20th Mar, 2018
A lovely soup! I sometimes use a mix of broccoli and cauliflower, depending on what I have in the fridge. A couple of bayleaves and a shake of dried thyme also give a lovely flavour. I find 100g cheese plus a dsp of half-fat creme fraiche help keep the calories down without spoiling the flavour.
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Paul Barron
24th Feb, 2018
Absolutely amazing. Really easy to make. I used a hand blender while everything was in the pan before adding the cheese.
15th Feb, 2018
Didn't have the celery to include in it, but still came out delicious! I was at first suspecting that it may be too thick with the given ingredients but ultimately, the the resulting consistency was just perfect!
7th Feb, 2018
Made this in my soup maker omitting the oil and butter, it was absolutely delicious, shall definitely be making again next week. My three year old granddaughter loved it and asked for more!
31st Jan, 2018
Fantastic recipe, first time I've ever tried stilton soup and I was worried it would be overpowering but was absolutely delicious. Even my young kids loved it! I made a few amendments; omitted the leek, used frozen broccoli and tinned potatoes instead of fresh and added additional garlic, sweetcorn and brown rice. But they it all worked really well!
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Megan Mackinnon
30th Jan, 2018
Amazing! I used danish blue Stilton.
Suzy Peach
29th Jan, 2018
My very first time making soup. This was delicious. I needed to use up some left over vegetables so made it with onion, potato as stated then half cauliflower, half broccoli and substituted the leek with spinach.

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