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Recipe variation: For a cold beetroot soup - you can also make this recipe (without the sourdough toasts) and then leave to cool, before serving.


  • 1kg beetroots, topped, tailed, scrubbed clean and cut into large pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ a small bunch thyme, plus a few leaves
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 100ml crème fraîche
  • ½ lemon, juiced


  • 3 slices sourdough, cut in half
  • 4 tbsp caramelised onion chutney
  • 150g blue cheese
  • a handful walnuts, roughly chopped


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the beetroot, red onion and garlic into a roasting tin, pour in 150ml of water, season well and scatter over the thyme. Cover with a double layer of foil and put into the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the beetroots are very tender to the point of a knife.

  • STEP 2

    Remove the foil, then peel the beetroots and discard the skin, then chop into small pieces. Put into a pan with the onion, garlic and vegetable stock, bring to the boil then use a hand blender to whizz until completely smooth, or ladle into a blender and whizz. Season, then stir in the crème fraîche and lemon juice, and whizz again. Keep warm.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the grill to high. Put the bread pieces onto a baking tray and toast on either side. Spread each piece with the chutney and then add a piece of blue cheese, some thyme leaves and walnuts. Grill until melted.

  • STEP 4

    Spoon the soup into bowls and top with the toasts.

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