Broccoli Cheese Soup
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 medium chopped onion
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half cream
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb fresh broccoli***
1 cup carrot, julienned
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
Cut off the florets from head of broccoli. Peel tough skin off the stem, discard. Dice tender part of stem.
Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half. Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Can be pureed in a blender. Return to heat and add cheese.
*To make this Vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.