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Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

* 3 cups chicken broth
* 1 onion, chopped
* 4 cups broccoli, chopped
* dash of garlic powder
* 1 tsp thyme
* 2 bay leaves
* 4 Tbsp butter
* 4 Tbsp flour
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 2 cups milk
* 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

# In a large saucepan, mix chicken broth, onion, broccoli, garlic powder, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until broccoli and onions are soft.
# Remove bay leaves and use handheld immersion blender to puree the mixture until smooth. Pour into a bowl.
# In the original saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in flour, salt, and a little pepper until a thick paste forms. Add milk and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Add cheddar; stir until it melts.
# Stir in broccoli mixture. Heat completely. If necessary, add more chicken broth to thin. Salt and pepper to taste.

Dash magazine, April 24, 2011