Last Night’s Dinner: Broccoli and cheddar soup

1 June 2011

Whenever I eat broccoli, I really enjoy it. And yet I so rarely feel the urge to cook it. In a stir-fry it can be nutty and sweet, it adds depth to a cheese quiche and here, as a soup, it’s a big bowl of savouriness.

We often make this soup in winter, combining the broccoli with a soup base of potato, onion and, perhaps, leek. You can use Stilton too, instead of cheddar. It works, as here, in a slightly lighter, more summery version.

So, slice up one medium white onion and gently fry it in a little olive oil in a large pan or stockpot. Dice a handful of new potatoes and add them to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes. Finely chop a clove of garlic and add to the pan too. Then finely chop 6-8 spring onions and add them as well. Next, take one whole head of brocolli and break it up into small florets. Add to the pan and top up with a light vegetable stock. Season with a little salt and pepper and half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Bring to the boil and simmer until the brocolli is soft. Leave to cool and then blend with a hand blender. Return to the heat and add around 100g of cheddar cheese, grated. Or, if you like, use a mix of cheddar and parmesan. We like the cheese to add a creaminess to the big bowl of green but not become overpowering. A cheese soup this is not! Serve with a dollop of cream or creme fraiche. Depending on the size of the brocolli and how thick you like the soup, this will feed 2-3 hungry people easily, or around 4 regular servings.

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3 Comments to “Last Night’s Dinner: Broccoli and cheddar soup”

  1. This looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Recipes like this are to blame for derailing me from my vegan upbringing. Can’t wait to create and enjoy this delicious looking cheddar cheesiness! You’ve got so many fabulous vegetarian recipes on here, thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    • We have phases when we spend pretty much a week or so on purely vegan food. I think if you’re going to be vegetarian it helps to understand how to do it. But sometimes, yes, cheese, eggs and dairy get the better of us. I wish they didn’t. We should try harder!

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