Broccoli Cheese Soup
Based on Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe from CDKitchen.
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
- 1/2 pound fresh broccoli
- 2 cups carrots, julienned or sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 ounces grated extra sharp cheddar (white, if possible)
- Pinch of thyme
- Pinch of rosemary
- 3 dashes of cayenne pepper
Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the pinch of thyme, pinch of rosemary, and 3 dashes of cayenne pepper. Serves 4.