Savor the Richness: Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup Recipe

Growing up in the UK, broccoli and cheddar soup was a comforting classic that I often enjoyed. However, my culinary curiosity led me to explore variations of this beloved soup. One that truly stood out was the Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup. This unique twist on the traditional recipe introduces the rich and distinctive flavors of Stilton cheese. This soup was popularized by the New Covent Garden Soup Company in the late 80s. At that time they revolutionized the soup market with their fresh, non-tinned offerings.

Specialty Broccoli and Stilton of Soup

What sets this soup apart is the bold and tangy flavor of Stilton cheese. It is a quintessential British blue cheese. It adds a unique depth to the creamy broccoli base which creates a harmonious blend of savory and earthy notes. The subtle hint of nutmeg adds a touch of warmth to the flavor. And spices  elevate the overall taste. All of these make it a truly unforgettable soup.

How to Make Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup Overview:

This Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup recipe is a delightful blend of creamy broccoli, flavorful Stilton cheese and a touch of nutmeg. It’s a comforting and rich soup that’s perfect for a cozy evening meal. 

Cooking Time: 30 minutes.

Servings :  2-4 people.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Large saucepan
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Immersion blender or countertop blender
  • Ladle
  • Soup bowls for serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 400 ml of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 300 ml milk
  • 400g broccoli
  • 100g Stilton cheese, crumbled
  • Pinch of nutmeg, for garnish

Instructions:

Take the saucepan and put it over medium-low heat. Melt the butter. Add the finely chopped shallot and cook gently until it becomes brown and tender, releasing its aromatic fragrance.

broccoli for Broccoli and Stilton Soup

While the shallot is cooking, prepare the broccoli. Cut the stalks into small pieces. Divide the broccoli head into small florets. We will add these later.

Broccoli Saute

Once the shallot is nicely browned add the broccoli stalk pieces to the saucepan. Sauté them for about a minute. Allow them to absorb the flavorful buttery shallot goodness.

Pour in the chicken stock and milk (You can also use vegetable stock instead of chicken). Bring the mixture to Boil. Cover the saucepan and let it cook until the broccoli stalks begin to soften. The cooking time may vary depending on the size of your stalks. Usually it takes about 10 minutes.

When the broccoli stalks are nearly tender add the broccoli florets. Also add most of the crumbled Stilton cheese to the pan. Reserve a small amount for garnishing. Stir everything well to combine.

Broccoli and Stilton Soup Cooking

Bring the soup back to a simmer, cover the saucepan and let it cook for an additional 5 minutes. Check if the cheese has completely melted and the broccoli florets are tender.

Allow the soup to cool slightly. 

Then use an immersion to puree the soup. You can also use  a countertop blender. puree the mixture until it’s completely smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Ladle the creamy Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup into bowls and top each serving with a sprinkle of the reserved crumbled Stilton cheese. Finish it off with a pinch of nutmeg. The nutmeg will add a touch of warmth and aroma.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 286
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.5g
Saturated Fat 9.5g
Cholesterol 86mg
Sodium 359mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.5g
Dietary Fiber 2.6g
Total Sugars 5.2g
Protein 27.9g
Vitamin D 2mcg
Calcium 219mg
Iron 1mg
Potassium 473mg

What to serve with Broccoli and Stilton of Soup

Broccoli and Stilton soup is a creamy, flavorful soup that combines the freshness of broccoli with the pungent taste of Stilton cheese. When thinking about what to serve with this soup, consider complementary flavors and textures that will enhance the dining experience. Here are some ideas:

Breads and Crackers

Breads and crackers make ideal companions for Broccoli and Stilton soup. Warm, crusty breads, such as baguettes, sourdough, or ciabatta, are perfect for dipping. Garlic bread adds a touch of aromatic flavor. Cheese scones offer a rustic pairing with the soup’s Stilton element. Oatcakes provide a traditional touch, complementing the cheese beautifully.

Protein

Proteins can enhance the Broccoli and Stilton soup meal. Grilled chicken is a straightforward and tasty option. Smoked salmon, with its rich flavor, pairs nicely. Thin slices of it can elevate the entire dish. Both choices add a hearty dimension to the meal.

Salads

Salads are a refreshing side for Broccoli and Stilton soup. An apple walnut salad adds a sweet crunch. A simple green salad with arugula, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber is light and fresh. Beetroot and goat cheese salad brings an earthy flavor that complements the soup well.

Vegetables and Sides

Vegetables and sides add variety to a Broccoli and Stilton soup meal. Roasted vegetables, like sweet potatoes, parsnips, or carrots, offer a sweet, caramelized flavor. Caramelized onions can be a flavorful addition. Stuffed mushrooms, filled with breadcrumbs and herbs, provide a hearty touch. Each side complements the soup’s creamy texture and rich taste.

Also Try: Savor the Tradition: Mary Berry’s Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

FAQs:

Can I use a different type of cheese if I can’t find Stilton?

Absolutely! While Stilton cheese is the star of this soup, you can experiment with other blue cheeses or sharp cheddars for a unique twist.

Can I make this soup vegetarian by using vegetable stock?

Yes, you can make this soup entirely vegetarian by using vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

Can I freeze this soup for later?

It’s best enjoyed fresh, but you can freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months. Reheat gently on the stovetop.

What can I serve with this soup for a complete meal?

A crusty bread or a side salad pairs wonderfully with this soup for a satisfying meal.

Can I adjust the thickness of the soup?

Certainly! If you prefer a thicker consistency, reduce the amount of milk used, or if you want it thinner, you can add a bit more milk or stock.

Conclusion

The Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup is a delightful fusion of flavors that pays homage to the creativity of the New Covent Garden Soup Company. With creamy broccoli, tangy Stilton cheese, and a hint of nutmeg, this soup is a comforting and flavorful addition to any meal. It’s easy to make, and its unique taste will leave you craving more. Enjoy!

Broccoli and Stilton Soup Mary Berry

Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup Recipe

Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine British

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 400 ml of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 300 ml milk
  • 400 g broccoli
  • 100 g Stilton cheese crumbled
  • Pinch of nutmeg for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Take the saucepan and put it over medium-low heat. Melt the butter. Add the finely chopped shallot and cook gently until it becomes brown and tender, releasing its aromatic fragrance.
  • While the shallot is cooking, prepare the broccoli. Cut the stalks into small pieces. Divide the broccoli head into small florets. We will add these later.
  • Once the shallot is nicely browned add the broccoli stalk pieces to the saucepan. Sauté them for about a minute. Allow them to absorb the flavorful buttery shallot goodness.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and milk (You can also use vegetable stock instead of chicken). Bring the mixture to Boil. Cover the saucepan and let it cook until the broccoli stalks begin to soften. The cooking time may vary depending on the size of your stalks. Usually it takes about 10 minutes.
  • When the broccoli stalks are nearly tender add the broccoli florets. Also add most of the crumbled Stilton cheese to the pan. Reserve a small amount for garnishing. Stir everything well to combine.
  • Bring the soup back to a simmer, cover the saucepan and let it cook for an additional 5 minutes. Check if the cheese has completely melted and the broccoli florets are tender.
  • Allow the soup to cool slightly.
  • Then use an immersion to puree the soup. You can also use a countertop blender. puree the mixture until it’s completely smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Ladle the creamy Mary Berry Broccoli and Stilton Soup into bowls and top each serving with a sprinkle of the reserved crumbled Stilton cheese. Finish it off with a pinch of nutmeg. The nutmeg will add a touch of warmth and aroma.
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