Show #218 Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Serves 4 – 6

2 c Broccoli, chopped
2 1/4 c chicken stock
1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup of Gouda cheese, grated
1 cup half and half
3/4 cup of shredded carrots
¼ c onion, chopped
3 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 T flour
2 T butter
2 bay leaf
¼ t Italian seasoning
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t salt
¼ t black pepper
1/8 t allspice

In a large pot over medium heat add chicken stock, onions, garlic, carrots, broccoli and stir. Add bay leaves, cover pot with lid. Cook for 25 minutes.In another large pot over medium heat, add butter. Let it melt. Add flour and stir for a couple of minutes.

It will change in color. Turn heat to low. Add contents of first pot to the pot with the butter/flour roux mixture.

Add half and half and stir. Remove bay leaves. Add seasonings and stir in well. Add in cheeses and stir until cheese are melted, which should only take a
couple of minutes. Remove from heat. Serve. Enjoy.