Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup
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  1. Serves 4
  2. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 1 small onion, chopped
  4. 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  5. 2 cups half and half
  6. 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  7. 2 bay leaves
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  9. kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  10. 4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
  11. 2 cups (8 oz.) grated white cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish
  12. 1/2 cup (4 oz.) grated asiago cheese
  1. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then gradually whisk in the half and half until smooth. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves and nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Add the broccoli to the broth mixture and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
  2. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Return to the pot. (Or puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender). Add the cheese to the soup and whisk over medium heat until melted. Add up to 3/4 cup water if the soup is too thick. Ladle into the bread bowls and garnish with cheese.