When it's cold and blustery outside there is nothing quite like a nice hot bowl of soup and a crusty roll to warm up your cockles! I love soup and have recently discovered the best soup ever, it really is and I'm not blowing my own trumpet when I say this as it's not my recipe (it's the wonderful Lorraine Pascale's and it can be found in her Fast, Fresh & Easy cookbook).
This recipe couldn't be easier, you need 5 ingredients. FIVE!
1 Broccoli Head
900ml of good quality chicken stock
Chop off both ends of the leek (discarding most of the green part), remove the first layer, rinse it and roughly chop it.
Add a drizzle of oil to a large saucepan with a lid and chuck in your leek. Leave on a medium heat for 10 minutes until soft. Stirring occasionally so that it doesn't burn.
In the meantime boil the kettle and prepare your stock, then peel your potato and chop into small squares.
Once your leek is soft, add your stock followed by the potatoes. Pop the lid on and bring to the boil, once it's boiled remove the lid and reduce the heat. Leave to simmer for another 10 mins.
Whilst it's bubbling away chop your broccoli head, stalks and all. Once your potato is soft, pop your broccoli into the saucepan and leave to bubble for a further 5mins.
Once your broccoli has softened, remove the saucepan from the heat and with a hand blender mix the soup ensuring that all of the lumps have gone.
When you have a smooth consistency, crumble in your Stilton, blend until smooth again and there you have it!
What this soup lacks in looks in certainly makes up for in flavour let me tell you.