By Harry McKenna
This recipe is great for lunches as the potato adds extra weight to the soup, filling you up for longer. I bought the 500g of stilton as I knew I would have leftover celery sticks which, alongside the stilton, makes a tasty little snack.
What makes this soup so hassle free is once the batch is made, it is very easy to freeze, which is extremely convenient, if like me, you have limited fridge space. To freeze, just wait for the soup to go stone cold, then ladle single potions into Ziploc/freezer bags. To save freezer space, make sure you squeeze as much of the air out of the bags before zipping them up before laying the bags down flat in the freezer. To defrost the soup, simply break the soup up by hand to make small pieces (while it is still in the bag). Put the frozen, broken up soup in a source pan and heat it up gently. I often put a splash of boiling water in the pan as well. This helps the soup cook a bit quicker and ensures you don’t burn it.
Knob of butter
2 onions, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1kg potatoes, peeled and diced
2 litres chicken or veg stock
150ml double cream
A good wedge of bread
Melt the knob of butter in a large pot or wok. Warning! This recipe makes a vast quantity of soup so you will need a big pot or wok. I had to use a large wok and 2 large pots.
Put the chopped onions and celery into the pan and cook until soft and slightly browned. This should take about 10 minutes.
Add the potatoes and stock and bring it to the boil for about 30 minutes or when the potatoes should be fully cooked at this point, so check that they are soft.
Once the potatoes are cooked, blend the mixture together until it has a smooth consistency. (NOTE: I had to fill the blender several times to get the whole batch done).
Once blended pour back in the pot and add the stilton and double cream, then heat gently until the cheese has melted and is mixed in thoroughly.
Season to taste with salt and black pepper and serve with a chunk of bread. Don’f forget to give yourself a pat on the back. Student life isn’t so hard, is it?