Stilton, Potato and Leek Soup

cook 30 mins
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Ingredients
  • 50 g (2 oz) butter
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 750 g (1 1/2 lb) floury potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1.5 litres (2 1/2 pints) hot vegetable or chicken stock
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) strong Stilton or other blue cheese, crumbled
  • 100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) single cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives, to garnish
Directions
  • Melt the butter in a large, heavy-based saucepan or casserole, and cook the leeks and garlic gently for 5 minutes, until soft and lightly golden. Add the potatoes and cook for a further 1–2 minutes, then pour in the hot stock.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15–20 minutes, until the potatoes are really tender. Use a hand-held blender to blend until smooth.
  • Add the Stilton and cream, and stir until melted, then season to taste and ladle into 4 deep bowls. Sprinkle with the chives and serve immediately with crusty bread.
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