Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup
Makes 2 quarts
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  1. 4 tablespoons butter
  2. 1/2 cup diced onion
  3. 1/2 cup diced celery
  4. 1/2 cup diced carrot
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 4 cups vegetable stock
  8. 1 (12-ounce) package frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped
  9. 2 cups half-and-half
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  12. 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  13. 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  14. 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
  15. Garnish: fresh thyme leaves
  1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and carrot; cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are just soft. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually stir in stock, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Stir in broccoli and next 4 ingredients, and cook until heated through. Stir in all cheese until melted and smooth. Garnish with thyme, if desired.
  1. You can freeze this soup for up to 1 month if you leave out the cheese. After you reheat the soup, stir in all the cheese until melted just before serving.
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