I mentioned a few posts back that I had restarted my journey to lose weight. I love soup at any time, but particularly at lunchtime, because they are filling, often packed with veg in a way that a sandwich can never be, and provide the psychological benefits of a hot meal that is more than the sum of its parts.
I use Aldi’s Super 6 a lot, and think it’s amazing. Even if you don’t normally shop in Aldi, it’s worth popping in purely for their Super 6 alone, a selection of fruit and vegetables at very low prices (usually around 39-59 pence) that changes fortnightly. If you think reaching your five a day is expensive, then you need to try Aldi: it’s as simple as that.
Their last Super 6 included cauliflower, one of those vegetables I didn’t think I really liked, mainly because I never knew what to do with it. I’m still learning, but it does go very well with cheese, particularly the stronger blue cheeses like stilton. And the stronger a cheese is, the less you need.
If you’re doing Weight Watchers, this soup works out to around 5 PP, based on 2 servings.
Cauliflower and Macaroni Blue Cheese Soup
Ingredients (Serves around 2-3 depending on how greedy you are)
– Spray oil or a splash of olive oil
– 1 onion, chopped
– 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
– 1 cauliflower, broken up into florets
– 1 ltr of chicken or vegetable stock
– 60g macaroni pasta
– 30g of stilton
1.) Spray the oil into a saucepan and place over a low to medium heat. Add the onions and fry gently for 10 minutes or so. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more, then chuck in the cauliflower and turn up the heat a bit, letting it cook for another few minutes.
2.) Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover the pot, and let it cook for 10 minutes.
3.) Add the macaroni and cook for another 10 minutes until the pasta is cooked. Use a hand blender to whizz the soup up a bit. Leave it a bit chunky if you prefer that sort of texture.
4.) Crumble over the stilton and stir until it melts into the soup. Serve as is, or with a bit more cheese crumbled on top.