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Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 tablespoon butter, melted
12 medium onion, chopped
14 cup melted butter
14 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock or 2 cups bouillon
12 lb fresh broccoli
1 cup carrot, julienned
salt and pepper, to taste
14 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese


Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

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