Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 lb broccoli, (about 3 cups), chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup carrot, , julienned (can buy matchstick carrots in produce section)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, (optional but brings out the flavor)
  • 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese, (2 cups)
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt the 1/4 cup butter and sautee the onions in it until soft. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the half & half and chicken stock.
  3. Add the broccoli and carrots. Cook over low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the broccoli and carrots are tender.
  4. Add salt and pepper. You can leave the soup chunky or blend about 1 cup of the soup and stir it in for a smoother soup (that’s what I do). Return to low heat and add the cheese. If your heat is too high your soup can get grainy. Stir in the nutmeg if desired.
  5. Serve with crusty bread.
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