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Cauliflower Cheese & Broccoli Soup

A lovely fresh-tasting soup this. You can choose the cheese here – basically whatever you have: Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Cheddar – but this one’s made with Parmesan simply because it’s always there to hand. Not much cheating, in fact, just a bag of fresh, ready-prepared florets of cauliflower and broccoli, and a tub of fresh ready-grated Parmesan.


Serves 2-3, or 4 as a starter

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Cauliflower Cheese & Broccoli Soup
Ingredients
 1 pack (about 350g) ready-prepared cauliflower and broccoli florets
 2 slightly rounded tablespoons fresh ready-grated Parmesan
 1 teaspoon butter
 1 small onion, peeled, quartered and chopped in a mini-chopper, or 2 tablespoons frozen diced onion
 1 bay leaf
 a few gratings whole nutmeg
 275ml milk
 570ml hot vegetable stock made with Marigold bouillon powder

Method

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat, add the onion and soften it for 5 minutes before adding the cauliflower and broccoli.

Keeping the heat low, put a lid on and let the vegetables sweat for 10 minutes.

After that, add the rest of the ingredients and some seasoning, stir well, put the lid back on and keep it at the very gentlest simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Now fish out the bay leaf and purée the soup in the saucepan with a stick blender, tasting to check the seasoning. It’s very luscious and creamy, so doesn’t need anything to go with it other than some good bread.

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