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Creamy Fenland celery soup with Stilton cheese

10 October 2013

This creamy soup recipe is equally good as a dinner party starter or a main meal, served with a chunk of crusty bread.

Celery and Stilton soup
Celery and Stilton soup

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

30 minutes




  • 1 oz butter or margarine
  • 1 small or ½ medium celeriac, chopped
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 whole head of fresh Fenland Celery with leaves, chopped (reserve some leaf for garnishing)
  • 850 ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 150 ml milk
  • 75g Stilton cheese
  • Salt and pepper

For the croutons

  • 1 small white loaf (1day old), cut into small cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g Cheddar, grated


Melt the butter or margarine and add the celeriac. Stir and then sweat for 3-4 minutes.

Add the leek and garlic and cook for a further 3-4 minutes and then add the chopped celery and stock. Gently simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes or until the celery is just soft. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Liquidise and then sieve if a smoother texture is desired. Stir in the milk and cheese and reheat until the cheese has dissolved, taking care not to let it boil.

Garnish with croutons and ½ tsp finely chopped celery leaf.

If preferred the cheese can be omitted from the soup and garnished instead with the cheesy croutons for a less intense flavour.

How to make cheesy croutons

Mix the bread cubes, olive oil and grated cheese in a bowl. Scatter onto a baking tray and cook for 20 minutes at 180C/350F/Gas 5. Cook for another 10 minutes if not golden brown. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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