Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large head broccoli, florets and thin stems chopped
  • 1 pound processed cheese spread, cubed
  • 1 cup half-and half

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; sprinkle flour over butter and whisk to combine.
  2. Slowly whisk in chicken broth until smooth.
  3. Add carrot, celery and onion; stir and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cover pan and simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Add chopped broccoli florets and simmer 15-20 minutes, until vegetables are very tender.
  6. Add cheese cubes and stir until melted.
  7. Stir in half-and-half, 1/4 cup at a time, until soup reaches desired consistency; heat through.
  8. Serves 4.

From Leigh’s cookbook Be Your Guest