I have recently discovered that the cafe across the road from where I work does the most amazing homemade soups. So far I've sampled their Thai Chicken and Sweetcorn (multiple times...) and their Parsnip, Orange and Ginger. My favourite though has to be their Red Onion, Pear and Stilton soup. It was so yummy that I had to try and recreate it myself. I winged it and it worked. Yummy soup in my belly!
2 small red onions.
4 ripe pears.
750ml vegetable stock.
1 tbsp butter.
1 tbsp brown sugar.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Getting Down To Business
1. Finely chop the onions and gently fry them in the butter until softened (but not brown!) Stir in the sugar.
2. Core the pears and chop them finely. No need to peel. Stir these into the onions and keep it on a low heat. Let the pears soften and get all juicy and mushy.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. After about 8-10 minutes of softening the pears and onions add the stock and stir well.
5. Whilst simmering crumble in all of the stilton. It will start to melt down quickly. Just keep on stirring.
6. To keep life simple and washing up minimal I use my hand blender and blend the lot together in the pan. Alternatively you could empty it into a separate blender. Blend, blend, blend.
It's ridiculously easy and although only a few ingredients, there are some really strong flavours that work well together making a really tasty, creamy soup. Depending on how juicy your pears are and how thick you like your soup once blended you may want to add a little more stock/water. My pears were slightly over-ripe so the 750ml was just right and I like a thick soup.
Let me know if you try it!