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Budget dinner series: Winter soup

Broccoli soup with a cheese crouton: R30 for 2

by: Caro de Waal | 26 Jul 2010
broccoli soup

A soup that seriously hits the spot and not your pocket! Great for winter and a lovely starter for a dinner party.

Broccoli soup with a cheese crouton: R30 for 2

1 onion
2 cloves  garlic
1 head of broccoli
1 large potato
2 x chicken stock cubes
250ml full cream milk
100g mature cheddar cheese
2 x ciabatta rolls


Slice the onion and sauté it in a pot in a little vegetable oil.
Chop the garlic finely and add to the pot when the onion is soft.
Peel the potato and chop into small cubes, add to the pot.
Dissolve the stock cubes in boiling water as per packet instructions and add to the pot.
Boil for 10 minutes and add the broccoli. You don’t want to boil the broccoli to death, it will discolour and look dull. Boil on a low heat for 7-10 minutes.
In the meantime cut the ciabattas in half lengthways and toast them in the toaster. Cut in half again at an angle. Sprinkle them liberally with the grated cheddar .
Blend the soup with a hand blender and season well. Add the milk and warm again on a low heat on the stove.
Season the breads and pop them under the grill until bubbling.
Serve the soup with two of the cheesy toasts on top and the others on the side.


Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Try these tasty alternatives!

1.       Serve with some crispy bacon bits for a meaty twist.

2.       Try blue cheese on your ciabatta toasts for an indulgent and tasty option.


- Caro de Waal


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