Broccoli and Stilton soup with Stilton croûtons

350g/12oz broccoli, florets and stalks cut into small pieces
400ml/14fl oz vegetable stock
25g/1oz butter
4 spring onions, finely sliced
50g/1¾oz Stilton, crumbled, or to taste
100ml/3½fl oz double cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
For the croûtons
4 slices French bread
100g/3½oz Stilton, sliced
  1. For the soup, place the pieces of broccoli into a glass bowl. Pour over the vegetable stock.

  2. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the microwave. Cook on full power for four minutes, or until tender.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot then add the butter. When it starts to foam, add the spring onions and cook for one minute.

  4. Transfer the cooked broccoli and stock to a food processor. Add the fried spring onions, Stilton and cream and blend until smooth.

  5. Transfer the blended mixture to a pan and bring gently to a simmer.

  6. Meanwhile, for the croûtons, toast the French bread under a grill until golden-brown on each side.

  7. Top the grilled bread with the slices of Stilton and return to the grill until golden-brown and bubbling.

  8. Season the soup with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.

  9. Divide the soup equally among four warm bowls and top each with a Stilton croûton. Serve.

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