Broccoli Stilton Soup




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a mug of broccoli Stilton soup on a board

Broccoli Stilton Soup is a luxurious but easy classic British soup, traditionally made with leftover holiday Stilton. It’s a comforting weeknight meal ready in about 30 minutes ~ pair it with some crusty bread and cultured butter for a mid winter feast.

broccoli stilton soup in a Spode bowl

Broccoli Stilton Soup is the ultimate broccoli cheese soup

The first time I had this soup was in a cozy pub outside of London on a rare snowy night in January and it was just magical. It’s got a similar feel to my mushroom and Brie soup, since they’re both creamed veggie soups enriched with luxury cheeses. In both cases I was surprised at how well the cheeses melt beautifully into a silky soup. Both Brie and blue cheese are strong flavors, but they mellow out in the soups, so don’t be afraid of this recipe! If you love broccoli cheese soup, you’ll flip for this.

a mug of broccoli Stilton soup with sliced bread

This cream of broccoli soup is traditionally made with leftover holiday Stilton, and so has a special occasion vibe going on, but truly, this soup is a treat any time. If you’re focused, it only takes about 30 minutes and the results are spectacular. Have a crusty loaf and some butter ready to round out this wonderful meal.

Stilton cheese

Stilton is an English cheese that can be either blue (with veins) or white. It is so special it’s earned protected status, meaning that only cheese made in certain parts of Britain (Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire) can be called Stilton.

Known as the ‘king of cheese’ in England, it’s traditionally served at Christmas.

Stilton has a sharp and somewhat pungent flavor. The most accurate substitute for it would be Italian gorgonzola or French roquefort.

The cheese is expensive here because it’s imported and can only be made in limited areas.

To store blue cheese like Stilton, wrap in waxed paper and then put into a plastic baggie in the cheese drawer of your fridge. No cheese drawer? Store the cheese in the spot furthest from the freezer, so either at the top or bottom shelf, depending on your configuration.

Fascinating fact: it’s long been believed that eating cheese before bed causes nightmares, so in 2005 The British Cheese Board decided to test the theory, scientifically.  While none of the cheeses caused nightmares for the participants, Stilton produced the most odd and vivid dreams of all!

various blue cheeses

Broccoli blue cheese soup

Since I relocated from Los Angeles to Wisconsin in 2020, I’ve been immersing myself in all things Midwest and local. I chose to sub in Roth (Wisconsin cheesemakers) buttermilk blue cheese for the Stilton and I’m so happy with my choice (in fact I’m planning a mac and cheese with it, so stay tuned.) If you love Stilton and can get your hands on some, go ahead and use it, for sure. But there are many blues on the market that have a similar flavor profile so you do have choices for this soup. If it’s blue and you like the flavor, go ahead and use it.

making broccoli Stilton soup

What you’ll need for broccoli and blue cheese soup

  • broccoli ~ some recipes call for frozen broccoli (Nigella!) but I think that’s a big mistake.
  • butter 
  • shallots
  • chicken or vegetable stock
  • half and half
  • Stilton or blue cheese of your choice
  • a splash of sherry (optional)

You’ll notice a lack of spices, in this list. I didn’t even use salt because the cheese and stock added enough. You’ll be the judge of your soup, and add salt and pepper if you like. Some people add garlic, that’s also up to you.

The soup starts out a bright green which lightens when you add the half and half and cheese. The natural rind on blue cheese is edible, so you can use it in your soup, but I find it takes a little longer to melt.

ladling broccoli and blue cheese soup

How to serve broccoli and Stilton soup

The soup is definitely on the rich side, so I like to serve it in mugs or shallow bowls in relatively small serving sizes.

It makes a great first course or lunch, but there’s no reason it can’t be dinner with a good crusty loaf of bread.

The texture is smooth, so it benefits from some garnish, which can be crumbles of cheese, or tiny broccoli florets. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with ladling the soup straight into a mug and enjoying it as is.

A little grating of fresh nutmeg (or black pepper) is the perfect finishing touch.

a glass mug filled with broccoli Stilton soup

Make this soup ahead

  • Don’t hesitate to make it the day before, the soup holds up well in the refrigerator.
  • To reheat, bring up to temperature on the stove very gently. Don’t bring it to a boil, just heat it to a simmer.
  • Creamy cheese soups don’t tend to freeze well, sorry to say, although some people claim to do it successfully, so try it at your own risk.

a mug of broccoli Stilton soup with baguette

More comforting creamy soup recipes

I love creamy soups, and if you do too, you might want to explore others on the blog.

My mushroom and Brie soup is similar to this one and is my husband’s absolute favorite. We discovered it at our supermarket hot bar, of all places, and made it our own.

Another interesting recipe is my Brussels sprout and bacon soup, it’s further proof, as if you needed it, that sprouts and bacon is a match made in heaven.

Traditional Irish leek and potato soup is a classic!

My winter vegetable soup is a mixture of winter vegetables pureed into a vibrant crimson soup, it’s worth a look if you love root veggies.

My ham and pea soup is an update on the original, made with frozen peas instead of dried for a more vibrant color and flavor.

Wild rice and carrot soup is bright golden and hearty thanks to the nutty wild rice.

Cream of jalapeño soup will warm up the chilliest night, I love it hot in winter and chilled in summer. So good.

a mug of broccoli Stilton soup on a board
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Broccoli Stilton Soup

Broccoli Stilton Soup is a luxurious but easy classic British soup, traditionally made with leftover holiday Stilton. It's a comforting weeknight meal made with local blue cheese ~ it might be the ultimate broccoli cheese soup!
Course Soup
Cuisine British
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 220kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • blender, food processor, or immersion blender
  • Dutch oven or heavy soup pot

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli, weighed after trimming away most (but not all) of the large stalks
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dry Sherry (totally optional)
  • 30 ounces (2 cans) chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup half and half (you can mix whole milk with cream)
  • 200 grams Stilton or other blue cheese (I used Roth Buttermilk Blue)

garnish

  • broccoli floret crumbles
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • ground nutmeg or black pepper

Instructions

  • Chop the upper stalks of the broccoli in even pieces, about one inch or so. Chop the florets as well. Set aside, separately.
    broccoli for broccoli soup
  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a soup pot and saute the shallots for a few minutes until soft.
    sautéing shallots in butter
  • Add the chopped broccoli stalks to the pot. Add the sherry at this point, if using.
    sauteing chopped broccoli stems in a soup pot
  • Add the chicken stock and bring up to a simmer. Cook gently for a few minutes until the stalks are just starting to get tender.
    Adding chicken stock to soup pot
  • Add the broccoli florets and bring back to a boil, then turn down the heat to simmer. Cover and simmer just until the broccoli is tender. Check often with the tip of a knife, or to taste. This will only take a few minutes. Note: try not to over cook the broccoli, I like it to stay nice and vibrant so remove from the heat the minute it's tender.
    Adding broccoli florets to a soup pot
  • Let the soup cool for a few minutes and then, working in batches, puree the soup in a large food processor or blender. Blend until the soup has the texture you prefer. You can make it perfectly smooth, or leave a little texture. Note: be careful when pureeing hot liquids. Be sure your lid is on securely.
    adding cheese and half and half to a soup pot
  • Wipe out the soup pot and pour the pureed soup back in. Stir in the half and half, and add the crumbled cheese. Heat on medium low to re-heat the soup and melt the cheese. Taste at this point to add salt if you like.
    finishing broccoli Stilton soup with half and half and cheese
  • Serve hot, garnished with crumbled cheese and/or broccoli florets. I like to add a sprinkle of fresh grated nutmeg and black pepper.
    a mug of broccoli Stilton soup on a board

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 915IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Alyce
    January 7, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I like Broccoli and Stilton Soup, but am more fond of a mix of cheeses — in fact that recipe goes up on my own blog next week! Great minds think alike!! Beautiful pictures 🙂 PS I used the Point Reyes cheese, too. Easily available in our grocery order here in Colorado.

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    low and slow
    January 7, 2021 at 7:40 am

    5 stars
    We have had the buttermilk blue and Roth also makes that cheese that has been smoked and is also delicious. We really like the local Pt. Reyes blue from Marin County Ca. which I`m sure you’ve probably had,do you think it will work here? Also will an immersion blender be strong enough get the job done? Thanks from a blue cheese lover.

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 7, 2021 at 7:51 am

      Oh I LOVE smoked cheese and that would be great in this soup! And yes, I’ve had Pt Reyes many times, that would work well. You can use an immersion blender, just keep at it to get the whole soup done.

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    desiree
    January 7, 2021 at 7:25 am

    This sounds so good. It’s definitely soup weather. I will give this a try…I also love the fact about dreams and Stilton. I’m hoping it’s true.

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 7, 2021 at 7:51 am

      haha, worth a try!